PORTLAND – Just 31 years young, French pianist Cédric Tiberghien has already triumphed at the world’s greatest concert halls, captivating audiences at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

PCA Great Performances will bring this celebrated classical keyboardist to Merrill Auditorium for a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Hailed by critics for his expressiveness, romantic temperament and remarkable range, he will perform works by Brahms, Bartók and Chopin.

Tiberghien studied at the Paris Conservatoire and was awarded the French conservatory’s Premier Prix when he was just 16. He followed that honor with prizes at several major international piano competitions in Bremen, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Geneva and Milan, culminating with first prize at the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1998. Tiberghien also garnered the Long-Thibaud’s Audience and Orchestra awards that same year. This spurred his burgeoning international career.

Tiberghien’s solo discography, on the Harmonia Mundi label, has been hailed by the international music press. His first concerto disc, Brahms’ Concerto No. 1, recorded with the BBC Symphony and Jiri Belolavek, was released late last year.

Dr. J. David Ober will provide insights into the evening’s program during a free, precurtain lecture in Merrill’s green room, beginning at 6 p.m.

Concert tickets are $38, $10 for students. Tickets are available through PortTix, the box office at Merrill Auditorium; by calling 842-0800; and at www.porttix.com or www.pcagreatperformances.org.

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