By Alexandra Alpert
For The Diamondback
Renowned Spanish concert pianist Daniel del Pino performed at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Tuesday.
As one of the leading Spanish concert pianists who has traveled around the world, del Pino has performed in five different continents. Apart from his numerous live performances, del Pino’s music is also broadcasted globally.
Reyna Moore, a junior music education and voice performance major at the University of Maryland, is currently learning to play the piano. She said coming to these events has pushed her to learn and watch more live piano.
“It’s inspirational … [the performance] was very transcending in a way, and it’s enlightening,” Moore said.
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The pianist also performed Monday night with Irina Muresanu at The Clarice. The duo performed Céser Franck’s Violin and Piano Sonata interspersed with Thomas Wolf reading excerpts from his book, The Nightingale’s Sonata.
Sophomore Francesco Berrett, who is majoring in piano performance and public health, saw del Pino perform Monday and Tuesday night.
“It is exciting [that the University of Maryland] brings in performers from outside of the area and also out of the country,” Berrett said.
Berrett also said sometimes classical music is seen as inaccessible, but having performances like this widens the audience.
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Apart from his performing career, del Pino is a professor in Madrid at Escuela Superior de Música Forum Musikae. He is also the Eva Browning artist-in-residence and associate professor of piano at Texas Tech University.
“It is always fun seeing how wide of a variety of types of performers there are. I think a lot of people think all classical music, especially piano, is the same, but every performer is very individual,” Berrett said.
Sophomore mechanical engineering and piano performance major Cassandra Meyer also attended the performance.
“I am playing a Spanish piece this semester, so I actually really wanted to see him and see what he was playing,” Meyer said.
She added that she really appreciates the variety of different performers who have come to The Clarice.
“It makes it more accessible. But, I think if students came to something like this more often, it might change their mind about the way they view music and music performance,” Meyer said.