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Malcolm Bilson

Bilson, Malcolm_web photo credit - Ellen Zaslaw.jpgMalcolm Bilson began his pioneering activity in the early 1970s as a performer of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on late 18th- and early 19th-century pianos. Since then he has proven to be a key contributor to the restoration of the fortepiano to the concert stage and to fresh recordings of the "mainstream" repertory.

Bilson has recorded the three most important complete cycles of works for piano by Mozart: the piano concertos with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv, the piano-violin Sonatas with Sergiu Luca for Nonesuch records, and the solo piano sonatas for Hungaroton. His traversal on period pianos of the Schubert piano sonatas (including the so-called incomplete sonatas), likewise on Hungaroton, was completed in 2003.  In 2005 a single CD of Haydn sonatas appeared on the Claves label, and in 2008 his first recording on an English piano was released on Bridge Records with works of Dussek, Cramer and Haydn. 
Bilson, a member of the Cornell Music Faculty since 1968, is also Adjunct Professor at the Eastman School of Music and more recently on the Early Music Faculty of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, in charge of Keyboard Studies. He gives annual summer fortepiano workshops at various locations in the United States and Europe, as well as master classes and lectures around the world.

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