THE UNSTOPPABLE, THE GREAT MENAHEM PRESSLER

Now in the 8th decade of his life, concert pianist, master teacher, and chamber musician without peer, this nuch honored and most durable founding member of the long-lived, revered BEAUX ARTS TRIO continues to dazzle audiences throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician while remaining dedicated to his other calling - teaching.

How does he do it? From where does he get the stamina? His own words sum up the perfect answer:

“This love for music, for what I do, is what gives content to my life.
I love playing, I love practicing, I love teaching.”

The German-born Pressler (Magdeburg, 1923) fled Nazi Germany in 1939, emigrating with his family to Israel. His international career was launched after he won first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco in 1946. Soonafter, he made his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Eugene Ormandy. What followed was a carrer that took him on extensive tours of North America and Europe, perfoming with the world's major orchestras.

It was at the 1955 Berkshire Music Festival in Massachusetts where he made his debut as pianist with the newly formed Beaux Arts Trio, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Through the 55 years of its existence, he was the only pianist with the Trio which to this day remains the gold standard for trios throughout the world. The Beaux Arts Trio played its last performance in Tanglewood in 2008, its well-earned reputation as "a class by itself" sealed for generations to come.

Throughout his outstanding career as a performing artist, Pressler was also a faculty member of the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he is today Distinguished Professor of Music nad holder of the Charles Webb Chair.  Not ruprisingly, many of his former students have followed in the footsteps of their honored mentor--winning international piano competitions, joining the faculties of prestigious music schools, and making a name for themselves as world-class performing artists.

Below are video excerpts which paint a composite portrait of MENAHEM PRESSLER, the artist and the man:


PRESSLER PLAYS MOZART PIANO CONCERT No. 17, K.453
with Daniel Harding conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra


[Note: This concerto is part of Pressler's performance with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra
presented by UCLA Live on November 20, 2010]

 

PRESSLER : The Beaux Arts Trio Story

 

THE BEAUX ARTS TRIO PLAYS DVORAK'S "DUMKY TRIO"



PRESSLER ON HIS LOVE OF TEACHING


[Note: Background music is an excerpt from Menahem Pressler's performance
of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 with the Verbier Festival Orchestra,
Daniel Harding conducting]

A PRESSLER DISCOGRAPHY

The UCLA Live Concert with Richard Stoltzman

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