Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Pianist Stewart Goodyear Brahms for first time in Victoria

Goodyear has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras

Pianist Stewart Goodyear returns to Victoria this weekend to play Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Victoria Symphony.

Victoria Symphony music director Tania Miller leads the concert, which also includes a recent composition by Vancouver-based composer Jocelyn Morlock and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.

Goodyear was inspired to become a pianist at age three when he first heard Tchaikovsky and Grieg’s piano concertos.

After starting formal piano lessons four years later, Goodyear completed studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Curtis Institute and Julliard respectively.

Goodyear has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

While he is known as a Beethoven specialist, his repertoire is varied, from Bach to Liszt to Messiaen, and, as Victoria will find out Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Brahms. This will be the first time Goodyear will perform the immense Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.

These concerts mark the second time Miller will lead Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in Victoria, having last conducted the work in 2008.

Also on the program is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, a classical symphony demonstrating the composer’s brilliance.