Pianist Murray Perahia has cancelled his upcoming North American tour for health reasons. The American pianist was scheduled to perform at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on February 25, with the concert already sold out.
Perahia has issued the following statement via a media release: “To my North American fans, it is with regret that I have to cancel my upcoming recitals for medical reasons. I hope to be able to return before too long and thank you for your continued support.”
The February 25, 2020 concert was, in effect, a rescheduling of an appearance Perahia was to make in Toronto on May 1, 2019. Last year, Perahia also cancelled the North American leg of his tour due to health issues, including the performance at Koerner Hall, where he was intially replaced by Peter Serkin — another pianist who, ironically, also had to back out of the performance for health reasons. Perahia also cancelled European appearances through the summer of 2019.
The concert would have represented Perahia’s Koerner Hall debut.
Born in the Bronx in 1947, Perahia began studying piano at the age of four. Along with his renowned performing and recording career as a soloist, he is known for his work with chamber ensembles, and is Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
The February 25 Koerner Hall concert has been cancelled, and will not be rescheduled. Details.