Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations

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Simone Dinnerstein (Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

Simone Dinnerstein (Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

RAHWAY — Pianist Simone Dinnerstein gained international success from her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which ranked No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it was named to many “Best of” lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Dinnerstein will perform the Goldberg Variations live on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. at Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, 360 Hamilton Street, as part of the Good Music Mostly Classical Concert Series.

Dinnerstein said, “My relationship with the Goldberg Variations is a lifelong one. I find the music endlessly fascinating and expressive and challenging. Every few years I like to practice and perform the variations again, and the process of rediscovering the music shows me how I have grown and changed in the interim. I am excited to find new details in the score that I hadn’t noticed before and I warmly reconnect with the old discoveries that still resonate with me. In the process, I discover more deeply the musician I am in this moment.”

The three albums Ms. Dinnerstein has released since Bach’s Goldberg Variations – The Berlin Concert (Telarc), Bach: A Strange Beauty (Sony), and Something Almost Being Said (Sony) – have also topped the classical charts, with Bach: A Strange Beauty making the Billboard Top 200, which compiles the entire music industry’s sales of albums in all genres.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She was a winner of the Astral Artist National Auditions, and has received the National Museum of Women in the Arts Award and the Classical Recording Foundation Award. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.


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