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Playful Virtuosity

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For her Ryko debut, the versatile pianist (and official Turkish State Soloist) Meral Guneyman teams up with legendary piano player, arranger and composer Dick Hyman to trade "playful" interpretations of a diverse group of works including Gershwin and a tribute to Django Reinhart. The album is a musical banter between two masterful artists who clearly delight in their craft and feed off of one another's unique creative spirit.

About the Artist

Pianist Meral Güneyman made her orchestral debut in the United States under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas as first price winner of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Young Artist's Competition. She was promptly reengaged by Tilson Thomas to play the Schumann Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her Carnegie Hall debut was as winner of the East & West Artists' International Competition. After winning the prestigious William Kappell International Competition at the University of Maryland she performed with Leon Fleischer and the Baltimore Symphony. Her accolades further include winner of the Juilliard School's Chopin Concerto Competition and Naumburg Competition finalist, which, once again, brought her to Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Guneyman, a Turkish born American citizen, holds the title of of Turkish State Soloist, representing the Ministry of Culture of the Turkish Republic, worldwide.

Her appearances have taken her to the Cervantes and Monterrey Festivals in Mexico; the International Istanbul Festival, The American Music Festival at the National Gallery in Washington; to Frederick Chopin Festival; the Presidential Symphony in Turkey; The Sarajevo Philharmonic; the Ljubliana Festival in Slovenia; and to Germany, Canada, France, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Belgium, Italy, England and Japan, as well to many major cities in the U.S. She has collaborated with many distinguished artists, Jazz legend Dick Hyman and cellist Efe Baltacigil among them.

In her role as academic and pedagogue she has appeared and concertised at Harvard University, M.I.T., Purchase and Georgetown University, New York University, the Bosphorus University (Istanbul) and many other institutions. She is a two time winner of the Laura Conover Pedagogy Award. Following are quotes from the student critiques of her Master Class at New York University:

"She taught the class with a style that engaged everyone in the room. Ms. Guneyman's comments, anecdotes, and exceptional playing of her own transcriptions created an exciting and stimulating environment."

"She has the characteristic charisma, which enables her to be a good pianist and a good teacher."

Meral Guneyman is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary music. She has premiered works by such diverse composers as Dick Hyman, Ilhan Mimaroglu, and Justin Dello Joio. Her ability to move instantaneously and convincingly between the classical and jazz genres is a rarity.

Her recordings, regardless of the genre, have been received with universal acclaim. Her recording of the Frank Bridge sonata was heralded as among the five best of the year by Fanfare Magazine. She is listed in "Who's Who of American Women," and was singled out by David Dubal in "the Art of the Piano" for her recording of the Bridge Sonata. Paul Hume called her "A pianist to be heard again at the earliest opportunity." Writing for the New York Times, Bernard Holland said 'Ms. Guneyman has 'an imposing technique...a delicate feel for timbre,' and also for the New York Times, Raymond Erickson, reviewing her Carnegie Hall recital, observed that she ''tackled a difficult program and ripped through it as if it were child's play." Michael Tilson-Thomas with whom she has performed on numerous occasions has called her 'A highly sensitive artist with a wonderful, warm, romantic sound."

Product details

  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.6 Ounces
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Rykodisc
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ April 23, 2007
  • Label ‏ : ‎ Rykodisc
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000OZ2BNU
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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