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Why IU Is Pianist Menahem Pressler’s Most Daunting Venue

Menahem Pressler says performing in Bloomington is the most difficult because the audience is comprised of his students.

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Menahem Pressler has performed all over the world during his celebrated career.

The Jacobs School of Music Summer Music Series kicks off Fridaywith a performance by world renowned pianist and Indiana University faculty member Menahem Pressler.

Despite his decades of performing on the international stage, Pressler says performing in Bloomington is the most difficult.

“All of my students are here and they say, ‘What is he doing? This! These mistakes! We can never get anything by him, he always says no, no, no and all of the sudden he does it himself?’ So of course I am very aware of Bloomington,” Pressler said.

At age 89 Pressler continues to teach and tour internationally.

“I have played and I am playing this year all over the world from Japan and on down to all of the countries and playing in the major orchestras, truly major, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Orchestra Paris, really major,” Pressler said, “But I am not as much at attention as I am in Bloomington, Indiana.”

Menahem Pressler will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 with the Festival Orchestra.

In July Pressler will again perform in Bloomington, this time with several members of the Pacifica Quartet.

Sneak Preview of Friday’s Performance:

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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