Praised by the New York Times for his “Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity,” pianist Paul Barnes has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing. His commitment to new music has resulted in significant commissions and noteworthy recordings.
Celebrating his twenty-three-year collaboration with Philip Glass, Barnes commissioned and gave the world premiere of Glass’s Piano Quintet “Annunciation,” which he will perform with Green Mountain faculty at the Festival this summer. From the New York premiere at the Met Museum, New York Classical Review called the quintet a “a fascinating mosaic of Glass’s late style…with a warm inner expression that seemed to echo Brahms.” The world premiere performance of the work was recently featured on Performance Today. Barnes recorded the quintet with Brooklyn Rider in January 2019 for for release this year on Glass’ label, Orange Mountain Music.
Paul Barnes also commissioned New York based composer Victoria Bond to write a new piano work based on the Greek Orthodox crucifixion hymn Simeron Kremate (Today is Suspended). The work is co-commissioned by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the SDG Music Foundation in Chicago. The world premiere of Bond’s new work was given at Kimball Recital Hall on March 3, 2019 with the Chicago premiere on March 10 at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago
Barnes’ most recent CD, New Generations: The New Etudes of Philip Glass and Music of the Next Generation has received enthusiastic notice from the press. Barnes is Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music and his recordings are available on Pandora, ITunes, Apple Music, YouTube, and Amazon.