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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Samples of Bonnie's Performances
LISZT: Mephisto Waltz
22 March 1967, Peabody Institute, North Hall