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Hess Concert: Practicing (Hopefully) What He Preaches

Evan Mitchell

Evan Mitchell

Live Recital, Wednesday at 12:15 pm


Evan Mitchell is a hard-working young pianist, currently studying with Van Cliburn Competition-winner José Feghali. Mitchell gave 50 concerts last year, he practices—a lot, and somehow finds time to write music criticism for a website called bachtrack.

As a reviewer, Mitchell assigns star ratings, up to 5 stars, and tells it like he sees it about Jaap van Zweden:

“Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s penchant for loudness—big climaxes, thick textures bursting at the seams with sinuous clarity —was brought off brilliantly in a second half, while Fauré’s Suite from Pelléas…occupied an uncomfortable middle ground.”

Mitchell headlines a Lang Lang review: “In defense of Lang Lang (sort of): Pianists and stage persona [sic].”

Mitchell has reviewed Joshua Bell, Dawn Upshaw, Andrew Litton, and so on. These reviews are interesting in that any of these artists could have a positive—or even a negative—impact on Mitchell’s piano career. Nonetheless, he gives out 5 stars sparingly.

On Wednesday, Evan Mitchell will put himself out there to be judged, bringing to bear years of practice, training, and soul-searching—not for the pianist he wants to be in his heart, but the one he is between 12:15 pm and 1:00 pm.

Evan Mitchell comes to the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts to perform Haydn, Brahms, Schoenberg, Debussy and Mendelssohn. Check back to WFMT.com for the podcast. Listen and post a star rating if you like.

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