Ravel Expert Showcased in Smith Center Presents! Series - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Friday, February 1, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-Gwendolyn Mok, recording artist and concert pianist, is one of only a few musicians around the world trained to play the music of the highly esteemed composer and pianist Maurice Ravel by one of Ravel's own students. She was selected by Vlado Perlemuter, thought to be Ravel's last living pupil, as the last student to whom he would pass on his knowledge of Ravel, including how to play with the nuance and style unique to Ravel's music. Mok was awarded a grant in 1994 by the French Ministry of Culture to study with Perlemuter, aged 90, for one year. Soon after, Mok began performing Ravel's masterpieces in recital, teaching, and recording his works.

Mok will perform at the Smith Center at Ohlone College on Saturday, February 9, 2013. She will showcase her talents by performing select Ravel works on her rare, Paris-built 1875 Érard Piano, the brand owned and played by Ravel. Ms. Mok describes the differences between the straight strung Érard and cross-strung modern pianos as having a natural decay to the notes, with a ring and resonance that Ravel had in mind when he conceived his works.

In addition to performing Ravel's compositions including Sonatine and Tombeau de Couperin, the classical musical program will include Klavierstucke, Opus 118 and Zwei Rhapsodien, Opus 79, works by Johannes Brahms.

With her playing described as "…peerless, fetching, rhythmically incisive, powerful, and lyrical," by the San Jose Mercury News, don't miss this exciting program of classical music featuring a seldom-heard instrument played by a talented, expert musician.

Mok has performed and recorded with leading European and Chinese orchestras including the London Symphony, the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Mok has played in the world's leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, the Kennedy Center, the Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall.

Dr. Gwendolyn Mok began her musical career at the Julliard School of Music, completing her undergraduate studies at Yale University and achieving her Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 2003 Mok was named Coordinator of Keyboard Studies for the School of Music and Dance at San Jose State University.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.smithcenter.com or call (510) 659-6031.


  • Smith Center Presents! Gwendolyn Mok
  • Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8 pm
  • Smith Center at Ohlone College
    43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
  • $20 General Admission; $18 Seniors/Staff/Students, $15 Youth, $2 Event Parking

For tickets and more information, visit www.smithcenter.com or call (510) 659-6031.

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