Sunday, February 6, 2011

Libertango - Matan Porat

There are 88 keys on a piano and I think Matan Porat hits them all in his variation on Libertango in today's video. Morat is one of the world's most promising young pianists. He began his studies in his native Israel but has also studied in Portugal, at the Julliard in the U.S. and most recently with Murray Perahia in London. He has won numerous prizes and appeared as a soloist with a number of orchestras around the world. His performance of Libertango in today's video was as an encore from an appearance with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra earlier this week. As you might expect from the creativity shown in the video, he is also a composer who, in fact, won the Prime Minister's Award for composition in 2009.

Most pianists keep a portfolio of encores in their head - pieces that are light and showy that will leave a smile on the faces of the audience as they depart the concert hall. Libertango certainly belongs in that category but Porat also has a wonderful variation on Tom Jobim's One note samba in his portfolio - I encourage you to watch it here.

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