176 Keys “World Extravaganza”, Performed at Tryon Fine Arts Center, August 24th and Diana Wortham Theatre, September 6th, 2014

Dr. Cobb, a semifinalist in the Third International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. Dr. Cobb studied with Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Franz Liszt. Throughout his career, Claudio Arrau (1903-1991) was renowned throughout the world as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the century. Franz Liszt was a student of Carl Czerny, who was a pupil of Ludwig van Beethoven. Christopher Tavernier made his debut as a concert pianist in Rocky Mount, North Carolina at the age of thirteen, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B Flat Minor with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra.

Christopher’s first love is the piano. He began his studies at the age of six and is now realizing his dream of becoming a great concert pianist. Although Christopher knows and loves a whole vast of piano repertoire, Franz Liszt is his favorite composer. Franz Liszt was probably the greatest pianist who ever lived. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the Nineteenth Century. Among his many innovations was the invention of the solo recital and the development of the symphonic poem. Christopher’s repertoire contains many works by Franz Liszt, of whom he is a direct musical descendant through his teacher Dr. John Cobb. Hence the musical lineage actually extends from Ludwig van Beethoven to Christopher Tavernier. Studying under Dr. Cobb and performing concerts, together, they continue to “Preserve the Musical Lineage of Franz Liszt."

Program Repertoire

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Reminiscences of Don Juan (S.656) from Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1877)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43 (1934)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23 (1874)

I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice – Prestissimo
III. Allegro con fuoco

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Project Details

Customer Music In Landrum
Artists Dr. John Cobb, Piano
Christopher Tavernier, Piano
Date 8/24/2014
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