Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm (EST)
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"The new superstar of classical piano" — Daily Telegraph (UK)

Dubbed "Iceland’s Glenn Gould" by The New York Times for his ability to play "breathlessly fast [tempi]…with crispness and clarity and never [seeming] hard-pressed," pianist Vikingur Ólafsson is distinguished not only by his keyboard prowess, but by his creative and probing approach to programming—as in this Hayes Piano Series recital, based on his lauded 2021 recording, Mozart & Contemporaries. As Deutsche Grammophon, Ólafsson's recording label, aptly described the project: "Juxtaposing works by Mozart, Haydn, and C.P.E. Bach with rarely recorded Galuppi and Cimarosa, Mozart & Contemporaries dispels the image of Mozart as the angelic and prodigious idiot savant, instead presenting a mature composer:… a resourceful, hard-working adult who had come to know adversity." Marveling at both the choice of works and the subtlety of their execution, Gramophone magazine, which earlier honored Ólafsson as its 2019 "Artist of the Year," pronounced Mozart & Contemporaries "another winner from one of the most original musical minds around."