Jerome Kuderna (Jerry to his friends) is a pianist who knows how to make music in the present, to be in the moment, to make a score come alive with mindfulness rather than calculation, to reveal clear structures that nevertheless allow for spontaneous flights of fancy, and to impart a genuine sense of discovery even with works that he’s played many times.
This Sunday January 18th 2015 Jerry gives an all-Debussy recital to mark this year’s 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s Études for piano. One does not often hear all twelve Études in concert, and I only wish that I could be in the Bay Area for this event. “I can’t think of a better way to begin the new year, musically, than with this music which is among his most abstract but also his most deeply felt,” Jerry says. He’ll also play some of Debussy’s earlier music, including the Suite Bergamasque.
The concert takes place at the Berkeley Arts Festival Space 2133 University Ave (between Oxford and Shattuck), in Berkeley CA at 8:00 PM.
Please spread the word; this promises to be quite special!