Bonnie taking applause at Benefit Recital for Washington Int’l Competition
Here I offer some mementos of my piano performances: photographs, newspaper reviews, samplings of my live recordings.
I have been performing in public since the age of nine. I find it immensely satisfying to create a connection between the composer and the audience by sharing my interpretation. Preparing for a recital is a personal journey of discovery delving into the composer’s compositional style and expressive ideas plus dealing with technical and emotional demands. I continue to be influenced by great artists in the music world with whom I had the good fortune to study: Alexander Lipsky, Emerson Meyers and Leon Fleisher.
Telling a story effectively, revealing the composer’s intention and communicating this with the audience comes about after much exploration. I find that I play differently when there is an audience. There is an enormous sense of excitement and satisfaction that I feel when the audience connects with me. I love that I am able to share musical ideas with others, and that all of the preparation has been worth the effort.
Bonnie Kellert in Concert, National Gallery of Art, 19 June 1983, drawn by Nancy Zymelman, in the audience
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Review by Shirley Wagener, Sentinel Women's Editor
Review by Paul Hume, Washington Post
Review by Milton Berliner, The Washington Daily News
Review by John Vinton, The Evening Star
Review by Jerry Floyd, The Washington Times
Review by Wendell Margrave, The Star-News
Review by Alan Kriegsman, The Washington Post
Review by Ylda Novik, The Evening Star
Review by Pamela Sommers, The Washington Post
Letter from Konrad Wolff, Pianist
Letter from Leon Fleisher, Pianist
Samples of Bonnie's Performances
LISZT: Mephisto Waltz
22 March 1967, Peabody Institute, North Hall