The SPOGreatMusic Podcast Series: S01E11

Release Date: February 19, 2021

The piano music of Maurice Ravel is among the most exciting, the most colourful, and, for the performers, the most challenging in the piano repertoire. This episode will look at the life of Maurice Ravel, his beautifully expressive piano compositions, and the challenges of performing it. Featuring University of Ottawa professor and musicologist Christopher Moore and piano soloist Alexander Panizza.

Here’s some additional information and pictures on our special guest interviewees for this episode:


Christopher Moore, Musicologist

Christopher Moore is a musicologist specializing in French music of the twentieth century. His writings have been published in The Musical Quarterly, 19th-Century Music, The Journal of Musicological Research, Music & Politics, Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music and the Cahiers de la société québécoise de recherche en musique, among others. He is the coeditor of two books, Music Criticism in France (1918-1939): Authority, Advocacy, Legacy (with Barbara Kelly) and Music & Camp (with Philip Purvis). He has presented his research internationally at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the New York-St. Lawrence chapter of the American Musicological Society, the Canadian University Music Society, the International Music Society, and the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique, as well as numerous specialized conferences throughout the world. In 2006 he was awarded the George Proctor Prize from the Canadian University Music Society and in 2012 was the recipient of the Philip Brett Award administered by the LGBTQ study group of the American Musicological Society. Prior to arriving at the School of Music at the University of Ottawa, Christopher Moore was visiting assistant professor at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He received his PhD from McGill University in 2006 where he studied under Prof. Steven Huebner. He lived for a number of years in Paris, where he received degrees in musicology from the Université de Paris IV–La Sorbonne and in piano performance and chamber music from the Conservatoire national de région de Versailles. . You can learn more about Mr. Moore on his University of Ottawa profile page here, or the National Arts Centre article about Christopher here.


Alexander Panizza, Pianist & Composer

Acclaimed by the critics and the public alike, pianist Alexander Panizza appears regularly in the Americas and Europe. Born in Toronto, he received his musical education in Canada, Argentina, France, Spain and England, completing a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in London. Among the main attributes of his artistic personality, his extraordinary mastery of pianistic sonorities, intensities and shades, his virtuosity and the scope of his repertoire stand out.

He has performed as a soloist in recitals and with more than thirty orchestras in very important halls worldwide, including the Barbican Hall in London, Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires, Amphitheater Richelieu at the Sorbonne, Palas Theatre in Athens, Ciurlionis Museum in Lithuania, Teatro Nacional in Panama City and Herkulessaal in Munich. Among his memorable performances are renderings of concerti by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann. He is also passionate about chamber music and participates regularly in festivals such as Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina), Soesterberg Music Festival (Holland) and Long Island Mozart Festival.

Alexander Panizza has recorded Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas (EMR), Alberto Ginastera’s complete piano compositions (Tradition), and works by Carlos Guastavino (Espacio Santafesino), Muzzio Clementi and David Winkler (Naxos, American composers series). Alexander’s 2018-2019 season includes, among other commitments, recitals in Chile, Argentina and Canada, a concert tour in China and performances with orchestra in London, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Learn more about Alexander on his: Website * Facebook * NAXOS Records * YouTube


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