12th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert: Simone Dinnerstein performs the Goldberg Variations

Saturday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $40/$35 members/$20 students
(current school ID required for college students)


American pianist Simone Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to “Best of 2007”; lists of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005.

Dinnerstein made her mark by bringing a fresh interpretation to this monumental work, and the critics fell in love with her. Slate’s Evan Eisenberg describes his reaction on first hearing her playing the Goldbergs: “I turned on my radio and heard Variation 13 played in a way I’d never heard it played before: pensively, wistfully, with an ebb and flow as natural as breathing.” The New York Times declared: “An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the ‘Goldberg’ Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new.”

Dinnerstein has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, and London’s Wigmore Hall among other venues. She has participated in festivals and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and many others. Recently, her latest album, Mozart in Havana, made No.2 on the Billboard Classical chart.