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Grand Piano Series debut of virtuoso Schaghajegh Nosrati

by Sue Wade

It could take more than a lifetime for German-born Iranian pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati, 32, to master all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard works.

Already renowned for her Bach interpretations, she appears to be well on her way.

“When I was a child,” she remembered, “I wasn’t so aware of the complexity of Bach’s music, but its beauty attracted me from the very beginning. Later I discovered how well made the music is, with incredible craft and structure. It’s so fascinating that I never get tired of it. It’s something you can spend your whole life on and it’s still not enough. I wish I had more lifetime!”

This fall, she released a recording of Bach’s Partitas BWV 825-830, the first of which will begin her Grand Piano Series program.

Of the recording, the artist said, “What I love about Bach’s music is this particular mixture of clarity and warmth ... light and shade, hope and doubt, spirituality and worldliness. And it’s this ambivalence which, I think, gives his music its great humanity.”

Her teacher, mentor and sometime performance partner Sir András Schiff said, “It is very rare that a young musician is dedicated to the music of J. S. Bach as Schaghajegh Nosrati is. She understands and plays this great music with astonishing clarity, purity and maturity.”

She describes Bach’s partitas as “works of breathtaking virtuosity”—which is exactly what the audience will experience in her January program of Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825, Schumann’s

Waldszenen, Haydn’s Sonata in E flat major, and Bartók’s Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs.

“I spend a lot of time on a program,” Nosrati explained, “because I feel the pieces have to be connected in some way.”

All of this concert’s pieces are multifaceted, with much to hold listeners’ interest in the partita’s seven stylized dances, Schumann’s nine forest scenes, Haydn’s t