Kent State University presents pianist and historical keyboard specialist Matthew Bengtson Feb. 23

Kent, OH — Pianist and historical keyboard specialist Matthew Bengtson is coming to Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music on Sun., Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. as part of the 2019-20 Kent Keyboard Series. Dr. Bengtson will perform in Ludwig Recital Hall at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. Free parking is available in all surrounding lots.

Critically acclaimed as the “musician’s pianist,” Dr. Bengtson is not only a renowned soloist and collaborator, but also a composer, analyst, and scholar of performance practice. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and has recorded several studio albums. Lauded as one of the most persuasive advocates of Scriabin and Szymanowski, Dr. Bengtson has been compared to great pianists Horowitz and Richter. 

Dr. Bengtson has performed in venues worldwide, including concerts in France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. His performance at Kent State will highlight his specialty of early music on his personally owned 1785 Anton Walter-style fortepiano by Gerard Tuinman, Utrecht. He will perform a rondo by C.P.E. Bach, selections from W.F. Bach’s 12 Polonaises, and Prelude and Fugue in E minor from Book II of the WTC by J.S. Bach. Dr. Bengtson will close the program with Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 10 No. 3, Mozart’s Sonata in C minor K. 457, and Haydn’s “Fantasia” in C Major Hob. XVII/4.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Yoonie Han’s appearance at Kent State has been postponed to a future season. Dr. Bengtson is appearing in her place.

Tickets for this performance are available through the Performing Arts Box Office in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr. on the Kent Campus. Prices range from $8 to $15, including free tickets for those 18 and under and full-time Kent Campus undergraduates. Patrons can purchase tickets in-person Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m., by calling 330-672-2787 or anytime by visiting


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POSTED: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 08:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2023 01:43 AM