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Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Chopin Society Presents Pianist Sara Daneshpour

Sara Daneshpour consistently wins acclaim for the sensational technique and deeply expressive musicianship she brings to a wide range of repertoire. Born in Washington, DC into an Iranian-American family, she studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute and later with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Oleg Volkov at the Juilliard School and Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute. In 2007 she received First Prize, the Gold Medal, and Audience Prize at the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose. Following that were major prizes in the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, 2012 Concours International de Musique du Maroc, 2014 Seoul International Music Competition, and 2017 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv.

Sara has performed throughout the US and Europe in many celebrated concert venues, among them Southbank Centre in London, Musée d’Orsay and Salle Cortot in Paris, and Mazzoleni Concert Hall in Toronto. She has also appeared in leading festivals such as the Copenhagen Summer Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, San Francisco Chamber Music, Mariinsky International Piano Festival, and International Keyboard Festival in New York. This will be Sara’s first return to the Chopin Society, having previously played on our 2008-09 season. Her program of études by Frédéric Chopin and Hungarian composer György Ligeti combines two of the most intriguing and demanding collections of etudes ever written for the piano.

“…she lavished color on oft-neglected lines, illuminated subtle beauties, and raged through the storms, always with stunning polish.” —New York Concert Review

“…blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination and stage presence.” —New York Concert Review

"Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there.” —Mercury News

“Pianist Sara Daneshpour is young, and speaks softly, almost shyly. But her hands flash across the keyboard like lightning and unleash heavenly thunder.” —Oregon ArtsWatch

“She created transfixing poetry.” —The Washington Post


Etudes, Op. 10, nos. 1-6

Etudes, Nos. 10, 5 & 6

Etudes, Op. 10, nos. 7-12


Etudes. Op. 25, nos. 1-6

Etudes, Nos. 4, 2 & 13

Etudes, Op. 25, nos. 7-12

Admittance to the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center and Mairs Concert Hall will require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. Masks will also be required by all attendees and staff. A ticket holder who cannot comply with these protocols may request a refund by calling or e-mailing the Chopin Society.

Contact: 612-822-0123, [email protected]

Audience: Public


Sponsor: Music

Listed under: Art, Music, Theater, Front Page Events


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