Pianist Constantine Finehouse, a scholar-in-residence at Westmont, performs music by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Alexander Scriabin and Sergey Rachmaninoff at a free, public recital Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. For more information, please call the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.
Finehouse, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. He studied with Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker.
He has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including Lausanne, London, Odessa, St. Petersburg and Trieste. His newest album, which includes cellist Sebastian Baverstam, features the universally-admired Brahms Sonata, Opus 38 for piano and cello as well as several new works in the high romantic style by Boston composer Tony Schemmer. In 2009 he released a solo recording, “Backwards Glance,” which interweaves music of Brahms and Richard Beaudoin.
Finehouse is a member of the American Double, which in 2007 released the Bolcom Project, the first recording of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom’s complete works for violin and piano.
He is currently recording Bolcom’s complete piano solo works with fellow pianists Ursula Oppens and Christopher Taylor for Naxos Records.
His awards include the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Juilliard, a 2004 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant and a 2006 Classics Abroad Project Award. He serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions in Boston.