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Wednesday 9th April 2014
Margaret Fingerhut

Commences 7.30pm (Hartlepool Town Hall)


Songs, Stories and Interludes
Chopin: Impromptu No.2 in F sharp Op.36
Ballade No.2 in F Op.38
Schubert/Liszt: Ave Maria
Chopin/Liszt: The Maiden's Wish
Schumann/Liszt: Widmung
Grieg: Ballade in G minor on a Norwegian Folksong Op.23
Debussy: Ballade
Poulenc: Hommage à Edith Piaf (Improvisation No.15)
Fauré: Impromptu No.3 in A flat
Gershwin: From the Gershwin Songbook
S’Wonderful / The Man I Love / Oh, Lady be Good / Do It Again / That Certain Feeling
Strike Up The Band
Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor Op.52

Margaret Fingerhut


Artist Information:

Margaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the most poetic pianists of her generation who has captivated audiences in many different countries with her imaginatively designed recital programmes, “A World of Piano Themes”. In these programmes she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire, personally introducing the music to the audience from the keyboard.

As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. She is often heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide. Her film and television appearances include a role in “Testimony”, Tony Palmer’s film about Shostakovich.

A Chandos artist, Margaret's extensive and eclectic discography has received worldwide critical acclaim. Her numerous discs reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire, and include works by Bax, Berkeley, Bloch, Dukas, Falla, Grieg, Howells, Leighton,
Novak, Stanford and Suk as well as pioneering collections of Russian and French music. Many have been selected as the Gramophone's Critics' Choice, and two of her Bax recordings – the Octet with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble and the Concertante for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra with Vernon Handley and the BBC Philharmonic - were short-listed for Gramophone awards. Her recent disc of solo piano music by the Polish/French composer Alexandre Tansman received the accolade of "Diapason D'Or" in France. She was also the soloist in
the world première recording of Percy Young's arrangement of Elgar's sketches for his Piano Concerto slow movement, with the Munich Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock.

Margaret formerly taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and is now Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. She is also a Visiting Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire. She is a regular guest at summer schools such as Dartington, Chetham's, Birmingham International Piano Academy and the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury. Her teaching at Dartington was described by The Spectator magazine as demonstrating “enormous skill and sympathy”. She has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada and China, and she has also been on the jury for many competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

In addition to her performing and teaching, Margaret has written articles for magazines such as Classical Music, Pianist and Piano Professional.



"Exquisitely played .... No praise can be too great for the dedication and sensitivity of these performances" - The Gramophone (Bax: Octet)

"More than a brilliant technique is needed .... And Margaret Fingerhut is in splendid command throughout .... In particular she hasa keen ear for keyboard colour" - The Gramophone (Novak: Songs of a Winter's Night/Pan)

“This is piano playing on a grand scale, demonstrating excellent command of the material”- Luister, Netherlands (Dukas, Complete Piano Works)

“An astonishing capacity to adapt herself perfectly to the character of each piece, all played with a profound and elegant technique"- Gramophone (Hommages to Haydn, Faure and Roussel)

"She shows a chameleon-like ability instantly to switch moods and tone colours; clean cut .... rhapsodic .... sparkling .... energetic .... subtly impressionistic .... gravely reflective .... A stimulating and most enjoyable disc"- Gramophone (Hommages to Haydn, Faure and Roussel)

“It is her account which captured my imagination. With her unfailing attention to dynamics, her deftness and strength in the fiery passages and, above all, her sure sense of shaping and phrasing, this rivals the best"- Hi Fi News and Record Review (Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain)

"Margaret Fingerhut revealed a stunning brand of musicianship and a complete command of the keyboard." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Captivating contributions from Margaret Fingerhut." - Daily Telegraph

"A recording that is unlikely to be supplanted... Fingerhut's sense of possession of these difficult and unfamiliar piano parts is extraordinary." - Fanfare, USA

"This magnificent recording can only be hailed as a triumph." - Penguin CD Guide

“One of the most radiantly musical of pianists, she plays with such alluring sensitivity and effortless command that one cannot help but be won over” – International Piano


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