Internationally known pianist and conductor Ian Hobson will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Irons Recital Hall at The University of Texas at Arlington Fine Arts Building.
Born in England, Hobson earned his bachelor of arts from the Royal Academy of Music and his master of music degree from Cambridge and then completed his doctorate at Yale School of Music. In 1997, Hobson served on the jury for the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, screening the auditions of all 150 contestants.
Major orchestras of the world have featured Hobson in concert, including the Royal, London, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics; the Scottish National, Hallé, and ORD-Vienna orchestras; Das Orchester der Beethovenhalle; and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, and Baltimore. In recent seasons, Hobson has performed on the Great Performers at Lincoln Center series, at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra, and at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival as well as at the Bard Music Festival.
Hobson’s performances encompass a cross-section of works, including a series from The London Pianoforte School, the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, all of the Brahms Variations for Piano, the Bach “Goldberg” Variations, and the Chopin-Godowsky Etudes, as well as Rachmaninov’s Early Works, Seventeen Etudes-Tableaux, Twenty-four Preludes, and Solo Piano Transcriptions. He also performs contemporary works written for him by Ridout, Lees, Liptak, and Gardner. The catalogue of Hobson recordings features more than 20 titles on the Arabesque label, as well as recordings on other labels.