Eduardus Halim, renowned pianist and inaugural holder of the Sascha Gorodnitzki Faculty Chair in Piano Studies in the Steinhardt School’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, will appear in a special performance on a “Horowitz Steinway” as part of a two-day event celebrating of the 125th anniversary of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Halim’s performance, which also marks what would have been Horowitz’s 112th birthday, will to be held Thursday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. in Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 West 4th Street).
The event will continue on Friday, Oct. 2, when select Steinhardt Piano Studies students currently studying under Halim and his other distinguished colleagues, Eteri Andjaparidze, Alexander Kobrin, Jeffery Swann, Deirdre O’Donohue, will also perform on Horowitz’s Steinway. Students participating in this program include Nicholas Hrynyk, Jaeyoung Kim, Jiseul Kim, TianYi Li, Hanyi Meng, Hakyong Park, Leandro Rodriguez, Alexandra Scheer, Alex Tuchman, Nicole Wakabayashi, Justin Wong, and Levi Vutipadadorn.
“As NYU’s music school, Steinhardt has long been a training ground for talented artists across the musical spectrum, from classical to jazz to popular music, and Eduardus Halim embodies the level of excellence to which we encourage our students to aspire,” said Dominic Brewer, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the Steinhardt School. “This two-day celebration not only allows us to experience both his talent as a performer, but also enables us to witness and enjoy how he and the other excellent faculty in Piano Studies have inspired the next generation.”
A piano prodigy born in Indonesia to Chinese parents, Halim received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School, where he was the student of Rudolf Firkušný and Sascha Gorodnitzki. He later studied with Horowitz, and went on to win 4th prize at the 1985 Sydney International Piano Competition, and 3rd prize at the 1988 competition. Halim began his international concert career in 1989 after winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and has appeared with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra among others. He has also given recitals in New York at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y, and in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center. In 2011, the Steinhardt School recruited him for an endowed professorship, made possible by a gift from the estate of Virginia Gorodnitzki, the wife of his former teacher.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have had such tremendous teachers, including Gorodnitzki, Firkušný and Horowitz, the latter of whose piano I am delighted to be able to play in celebration of Steinhardt’s 125th anniversary,” said Halim. “It’s a very special instrument.”
“Having Eduardus Halim and Piano Studies students perform at the 125 Anniversary event is wonderful recognition of how Steinhardt has evolved from a school primarily for music teachers to one of the top music schools in the nation,” said Ron Sadoff, chair of NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and director of the Film Scoring Program, who attended Juilliard with Halim in the 1980s.
“Like Horowitz and Gorodnitzki beform him, Eduardus offers an important link to a valuable tradition and a distinctive approach to pedagogy and performance,” he said.
The program for the Oct. 1 performance includes Toccata for Organ in C Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat major, Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in B minor, and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and Horowitz. The student performance on Oct. 2 will feature works by Brahms, Kreisler-Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Schubert, Scriabin, Sibelius and Ravel.
(Photo by Justin Halim)