Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer

Friday, March 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.
$15 ($10 students and seniors)

Master Class
Saturday, March 10, 2017
3:00 p.m.

Ms. Barton and Ms. Alpert will perform perform a two piano program as part of the German Diez Recital Series, with a Master Class for Greenwich House Music School students on Saturday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. 

For tickets, waiting list and inquiries, email music@greenwichhouse.org or 
visit the Greenwich House Music School Box Office at 46 Barrow St.

Born in Santiago, Chile, pianist Ena Bronstein Barton began her career in South America, touring her native continent. After winning a national piano competition she traveled to New York to study with Claudio Arrau and Rafael de Silva. Her New York debut at Town Hall was received with critical acclaim. Since then, Ms. Barton’s career has taken her across the United States, back to South America, to Europe, the Near and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Among her engagements abroad was an extended tour of Israel and Europe, highlighted by performances as soloist with orchestras in Jerusalem, Luxembourg and Rome.

Ms. Barton has received many honors throughout her career, including an invitation to attend the Casals Festival, a 1976 Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant which resulted in a solo recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and the 1996 Distinguished Artists Piano Award by Artists International. Her chamber music performances have included appearances with violinist Jaime Laredo and the Guarneri Quartet. 

Ms. Barton taught at California State University-Fresno for 13 years. She was artist-in-residence at Monterey Peninsula College in California and has conducted master classes at the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico and in Santiago. 

Recently she gave a recital and master class as part of the centennial celebration of Claudio Arrau’s birthday being held in New York City at Greenwich House Music School.  

Currently, Ms. Barton is head of the piano department at the Westminster Conservatory of Music, the college’s community music school. She is also a member of the piano faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Phyllis Alpert Lehrer is known internationally as a performer, teacher, clinician, author and adjudicator.  She has given master classes, workshops and enjoyed an active concert career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the United States, Canada, Central America, Asia and Europe. Her performances have met with much critical acclaim: “Warmth and vibrancy at its best,” The Times (London); “An able warmhearted pianist…Impressive musicianly qualities,” Daily Telegraph (London); “an admirable musicality …” (The New York Times).

Ms. Lehrer is professor of piano and director of graduate piano pedagogy at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. A founding member of Young Audiences of New Jersey and the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, she has presented regularly at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the European Piano Teachers Association. Recent lectures, master classes and performances have been presented at the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland, Performing Arts and Medicine Conference in Colorado and New York, NJMTA, the Diller Quaile School, Third Street Settlement in New York City, Brooklyn College Conservatory, the Steinway Society, New York Piano Teachers’ Conference and Westminster Choir College.  

Ms. Lehrer’s articles, interviews and reviews on piano pedagogy, music and health have appeared in Clavier Companion, The American Music Teacher and The European Piano Teachers Journal. She contributed several chapters to A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance published by Heritage Press.  She has co-authored, with Barry Green, the Inner Game of Music Piano Workbook and written the practice suggestions for the four books of Etudes for the Development of Musical Fingers from the Frances Clark Library.  She has edited Chopin: An Album and co-edited Debussy: An Album as well as several anthologies for Carl Fischer with Paul Sheftel.  Their ten volumes, Mastering Classic Favorites and More Mastering Classic Favorites include performances and mini-master classes on the CDs that accompany each.  Publications edited by Ms. Lehrer for FJH are three works by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, Phantasie Variations, Op. 12, Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 31, Pictures and Beyond, Book I a set of piano duets, Dance Preludes by Timothy Brown and Outside the Box, 10 pieces, by Wynn-Anne Rossi and Kevin Olson, devoted to contemporary techniques.

Recent publications include five volumes of the great piano repertoire, Classies for the Developing Pianist. They are edited by Ingrid Clarfield and Phyllis Lehrer and published by Alfred, Inc. and Study Guides to accompany books 1, 2 and 3 (early intermediate and intermediate repertoire).  Also new are five volumes devoted to keyboard theory, sight playing, technique and repertoire with midi accompaniments, co-authored with Paul Sheftel, entitled Personal Trainer. These are published by YBK publications in New York City.

Phyllis Lehrer has recorded for the Educo and Seda labels, and recently has released a CD of piano duets entitled Drama and Dialogue in the Piano Duets of Mozart, Schubert and Debussy with piano partner, Ena Bronstein Barton. 

Ms. Lehrer holds a B.A. in music from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music and an M.S. in piano from the Juilliard School of Music. Her teachers have included Paula Kessler Hondius, Lily Dumont, Benjamin Kaplan, Adolph Baller and Adele Marcus.

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