Luther College to host Richard Fuller for fortepiano performance March 20

Concert performer, recording artist and music scholar Richard Fuller will perform a fortepiano concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

In honor of the year's musical celebrant and his 300th "birthday," the first half of the program will feature the works of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, including the sonatas from his collection "For Connoisseurs and Amateurs."

The second half of the program will focus on the works of Mozart.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Born in Washington, Fuller first studied music with his mother, later obtaining degrees in piano and musicology at Central Washington University and the University of Oregon. He also studied harpsichord and fortepiano in San Francisco with Laurette Goldberg and in Vienna with Herbert Tachezi.

Since relocating to Vienna, Fuller has been considered a preeminent interpreter of fortepiano repertoire. He is one a few performers who has sought to dedicate himself exclusively to the interpretive potential of the fortepiano, an instrument with a delicacy and subtle sensitivity which evokes an earlier keyboard culture.

Fuller frequently appears as a soloist, accompanist and member of numerous musical ensembles devoted primarily to performance of 18th century music on authentic instruments in both Europe and North America.

Fuller received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Oregon for his artistic work in 2002. He is the founder and director of the Donaustädter Mozart Project, a series of performances dedicated to the music of Mozart's Vienna years.