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UT Music professor performs on European tour

Dr. Michael Boyd, Professor of Piano, University of Toledo

Dr. Michael Boyd, Professor of Piano, University of Toledo

University of Toledo professor of piano, Dr. Michael Boyd was invited to co-direct and perform on the Beethoven Tour 2012, which included visits to Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium and Germany. The summer tour featured concerts, lectures and rare excursions to places of significance in the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, including his birthplace in Bonn and Vienna, where he spent most of his life and career.

The tour has been an annual event for 14 years. Normally, it is organized by William Wellborn, a pianist who teaches piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Adam Wibrowski of the Conservatory of Paris. Due to illness, Wellborn was unable to serve as director or to perform, so he asked Dr. Boyd.

Dr. Boyd was tremendously honored to be asked. “This tour is one of the best of its kind, because of the unique and historically significant places we were able to visit and to perform in. I presented several lectures throughout the tour in different places. The most memorable was on a visit to the cemetery where Beethoven is buried. I presented the original oration that was written for his funeral—translated into English—but in the very place where it was originally given. That was one of the highlights of the tour for me.”

“I also performed and presented a lecture at the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels. My program and the lecture were on two Beethoven piano sonatas. It was really a great experience to play in a setting with so much historical importance.” The museum (also known as “the MIM”) is famous for its collection of instruments from many periods of musical history, including the period in which Beethoven lived.

Dr. Boyd performed the Piano Sonata Op. 31, No. 3 in E flat major and Op. 57 (the appassionato) in F minor. The concert and lecture was open to the public and was attended by more than 200 people from the area and around the world.

Dr. Boyd’s biography: http://www.utoledo.edu/cvpa/music/faculty/m_boyd.html
UT Department of Music at http://www.utoledo.edu/cvpa/music/

 

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