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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Stewart Goodyear Makes His Mark in Beethoven

(top) Liz Parker, Stewart Goodyear, Rosemarie Umetsu (Photo: Vanessa J. Goymour)
(second) Wayne Umetsu, John Schienke of Piano House, Stewart Goodyear, Rosemarie Umetsu (Photo: Vanessa J. Goymour)
(third) Stewart Goodyear signing autographs (Photo: Vanessa J. Goymour)
(bottom) Stewart Goodyear plays Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata at CD Launch (photo: Joseph So)

Pianist Stewart Goodyear Makes His Mark in Beethoven

by Joseph K. So

Following the release of the double-CD set of the Beethoven Late Sonatas to excellent reviews when it came out in 2010, Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear returned to the recording studio for a continuation of his goal of committing all the Beethoven sonatas to disc. A private launch party of the Beethoven Middle Sonatas on the Marquis label took place on Tuesday evening at Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu, a well known Canadian fashion designer specializing in spectacular gowns for performing artists. A spiffy Steingraeber and Sohne Salon Grand A-170 was brought in for the occasion. The invited guests packed the intimate space, sipping wine and munching on hors d'oeuvres. They were treated to a sparkling rendition of Sonata No. 14 in C- sharp minor , Op. 27 no. 2, better known as the "Moonlight Sonata" by Goodyear himself.

For piano cognoscenti, Stewart Goodyear needs no introduction. Born in 1978 in Toronto, Goodyear cut his teeth at the Glenn Gould School of Royal Conservatory of Music, before moving on to Curtis in Philadelphia where he earned a Bachelor of Music and then the Juilliard for his Master's degree. He makes his home in Philadelphia, but Toronto remains his second home, where he performs regularly, for example his acclaimed recital of the Beethoven's Late Sonatas at Koerner Hall. He is returning to that beautiful venue on June 9th, when he will attempt the near-impossible feat of playing all of Beethoven's 32 sonatas on a single day - that's a total of 103 movements and more than 10 hours of music! The sonatas will be played in three separate performances during the day - after all, the artist and the audience need to eat and perform their daily bodily functions! This event is a co-production between the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Luminato Festival. Praised for his musicality, technical bravura, elegance and emotional depth, any appearance by this artist is an event not to be missed. This week, Goodyear was featured on the CBC blog, which you can access with the following link -

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