Vive la france

trois pieces

homage a l'ami papageno








Gregg Hanson, Conductor

John Milbauer, Piano

San Diego Winds proudly presents a showcase of French chamber music for winds including works by Ibert, Francaix and Poulenc.

john milbauer, piano

In recent seasons Steinway Artist John Milbauer has given concerts and masterclasses in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and Japan as well as throughout the United States. France's Republique du Centre has called him "a pianist of the first magnitude" while American Record Guide wrote of his last solo CD, "Milbauer employs a full dynamic and expressive range and a sense of texture and sonority...performs Debussy with astounding delicacy, and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility." He has recorded for the Fleur de Son/Naxos, Eroica, Universal, and AUR labels; his release with violinist David Garrett currently has over 200,000 hits on YouTube.

Having won prizes and honors from Juilliard, the Eastman School of Music, and the Hungarian Ministry of Arts, Milbauer is also a laureate of the Orléans (France) Concours for piano music of the 20th Century. He has given the Southwest premieres of works by such composers as Boucourechliev, Ohana, and Messiaen, has performed concerts devoted only to chance music, and enjoys playing music that employs electronic sounds, prepared piano, extended techniques, and graphic notation. He is the author of a chapter on the piano music of John Cage in the second volume of The Pianist's Craft (Scarecrow Press, October, 2015). A versatile musician, Milbauer has performed with the Mills Brothers and Pink Martini.


Milbauer studied classics and government at Harvard College before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He was awarded the Eastman Performer's Certificate and was nominated for the Gina Bachauer award for outstanding pianist at Juilliard. His teachers include Jerome Lowenthal, Ferenc Rados, György Sebök, and Rebecca Penneys. Currently Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, he has been Co-Director of the Chautauqua Piano Program since 2012, helping to transform it into one of the premiere summer piano festivals in the Americas. An avid hiker, Milbauer has led a dozen backcountry excursions through Grand Canyon National Park, most recently a solo Hermit-Tonto loop in February.

Thursday March 23, 2017


Point Loma Nazarene University

Crill Performance Hall

3900 Lomaland Drive

San Diego, CA 92106





Program Notes Available March 20, 2017

Gregg Hanson, Conductor