Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Sarah Grunstein to perform J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations


Praised by The New York Times for her ”penetrating musical intelligence”, internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Sarah Grunstein has performed in the United States, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and her homeland. Reviews have likened her performances to those of Dame Myra Hess, Harold Samuel, and Wanda Landowska.

Her recent performance of the Goldberg Variations led to her being acclaimed as the “shining light” among the Bach pianists of the generation following Glenn Gould.

She returns to Australia to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Sydney Opera House.

A longtime Steinway Artist who trained at the Sydney Conservatorium and The Juilliard School, she is passionate about historic pianos and Bach improvisation. A sought-after pianist and pedagogue inspired by historical performance interpretations, Sarah Grunstein has taught at The Juilliard School as Teaching Fellow, the Manhattan School of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the College of the Holy Cross, and the City University of New York.

Miss Grunstein is a versatile, expressive pianist who combines a penetrating musical intelligence with the technical proficiency to realize her ideas. Bach’s C minor Partita, BWV 826, was admirable; the opening Sinfonia tempestuous, the more intimate Courante and Sarabande imbued with a luminous calm.”

                                                                  — Tim Page, The New York Times

As the hold Glenn Gould maintained over this music has thankfully worn away over the past decade, a plethora of fine musicians has come to the fore; Grunstein is the shining light.”

                                                                 — Eve Rifkah, Classical Voice of New England     

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Sydney Opera House  25 October 7.30pm

Melbourne 20 October 7.30pm