Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8 pm
at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Evren Ozel pianist

Mr. Russell Sherman's 90th birthday

“I am greatly honored to play on the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation’s concert series specially celebrating Russell Sherman’s 90th birthday. As a student of Wha Kyung Byun, Mr. Sherman’s “eternal student” and wife of 46 years, I take the liberty (perhaps presumptuously) to consider myself a part of his wonderful musical lineage which, through 5 or 6 generations, makes its way back to Ludwig van Beethoven.

Since I came to Boston in 2014, I’ve attended 5 of Mr. Sherman’s live concerts, all of which had a tremendous impact on me. What’s amazing about his playing is how he truly brings meaning and life to each line, each note coming off the printed page through his searches and discoveries. Sometimes he performed works that I had been studying at the time, and he unearthed things I hadn’t imagined could exist, and I would leave the concert stupefied by the mysteries that he unveiled to me onstage.

Listening to Russell Sherman opens my ears, heart and imagination to the musical universe. He gives me inspiration, curiosity, and hope — things which are all desperately needed now, maybe more
from: Evren Ozel






J. S. BACH :
 Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN :

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Vivace ma non troppo

~ Intermission ~

Frédéric CHOPIN:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Grave – Doppio movimento
Marche funèbre: Lento
Finale: Presto

Impromptu No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op. 36

Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61

Free admission, donation appreciated.
Limited seats (about 100-150) available.
Face mask and social distancing mandated.
Children under 6 not admitted.

Reservation required

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts



Evren Ozel pianist

Evren Ozel started piano at age 3 at MacPhail Center for Music in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. He has performed with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Pops. He has taken master classes from Andras Schiff, Richard Goode, Paul Lewis, and other notable artists.

His achievements include scholarships from the U.S. Chopin Foundation and the YoungArts Foundation, first prize at the 2016 Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, second prize at the 2016 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, and second prize as well as the Mozart and Chopin special prizes at the 2018 Dublin International Competition. Most recently, he received the second prize at the 2020 U.S. National Chopin Competition, as well as the special prizes for Best Mazurkas and Best Polonaise.

An avid chamber musician, Ozel has performed as a guest with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and participated in Marlboro Music Festival and ChamberFest Cleveland. In the 2020-2021 season, he appears again with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and performs with NEXUS Chamber Music for Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series in Tempe, AZ. Other concerts this season include solo recitals for the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, NC, the U.S. Chopin Foundation in Miami, and the Gilmore’s Rising Stars Series in Kalamazoo, MI.

Ozel previously studied piano with Paul Wirth, theory and composition with Sarah Miller, and conducting with Courtney Lewis. He attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and currently studies at New England Conservatory. Since 2014 he has been a student of Wha Kyung Byun.


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