HYPERION KNIGHT

Hyperion Knight is a pianist with a romantic touch. Known for the diversity of
his repertoire, he is equally at home in serious classics and popular standards.
Hyperion’s recordings range from Beethoven to the Beatles, Ragtime to Rachmaninoff,
and in addition to regular appearances with orchestras across the United States,
he has been a featured entertainer at Manhattan’s Rainbow Room and Essex House.
Covering timeless melodies in all styles, he was also recently featured in a
Public Television special entitled Hyperion Plays Great Piano Classics, a TV program
that began with works of Chopin and Liszt and concluded with songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Queen. A Gershwin enthusiast, he has recorded two CDs devoted to unique arrangements
of Gershwin’s music, and frequently performs both Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F,
most recently with the symphony orchestras of New Jersey, Wisconsin, Santa Fe,
Long Beach, Tennessee, St. Joseph, Johnson City, Grand Forks, New Mexico,
California North State and Cheyenne. Other recent guest appearances include the
Mozart Concerto #21 with the Utah Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with the Maui Pops
Orchestra, and the Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 with the Kansas City Philharmonia and the
Cleveland Philharmonic. Hyperion also makes frequent concert presentations on luxury
cruise lines such as Seabourn, Holland America, Oceania, Celebrity, Crystal and Silversea.
He was recently given the honor of being named Silversea's "Entertainer of the Year".

Hyperion was born in Berkeley, California and graduated at age 19 from the
San Francisco Conservatory of Music. By the age of 22 he had received both a
Master’s degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute
of Music, and was awarded the Arthur Loesser Prize upon graduation.
Hyperion now lives in New York City where he studied with members of the Juilliard
faculty and made his New York concerto debut playing the Saint-Saëns Piano
Concerto #1. Hyperion's many distinguished teachers have included Paul Hersh,
Eunice Podis, Paul Schenly and Jerome Lowenthal.

Hyperion has made a specialty of virtuoso piano transcriptions in the tradition
of Liszt and Horowitz. His album Gershwin by Knight, a collection of Gershwin song
transcriptions and the solo arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, was given a glowing review
in the pages of Stereophile, whose critic exclaimed “Hyperion Knight plays with
marvelous verve and spectacular confidence. Notes are never fumbled or
blurred, yet the performance has swing and drive.” The Sensible Sound called
his Gershwin “nothing short of astonishing.” The Magnificent Steinway, his
CD of romantic piano transcriptions on the Golden String label, was called "one
of the most enjoyable CD's of recent years" by CD Review, and Fi Magazine
described Hyperion as a “daredevil atop his gleaming, black-and-ivory
silken-voiced machine. Bravissimo!” Hyperion is also an enthusiast
for the great performers of the past, and as a recognized authority on historical
recordings he has published numerous articles about the great pianists and
conductors of the early twentieth century.

“Not since Heifetz has anyone played Gershwin solos with this much
panache…the songs glitter like jewels against black satin.”
American Record Guide

"A consummate showman, Knight has a caressing, liquid touch. His hands skim
over the keys, often creating a shimmering sound as if the keyboard were ice and
the musician the skater. At the same time, each note is articulated, crystalline."
The Maui News

“Breathtakingly textured, rich and wonderful, this recording (of Mussorgsky’s
Pictures at an Exhibition) showcases Hyperion’s world-class style at the
keyboard.”
The Absolute Sound

“Hyperion Knight played with intoxicating élan, brilliant dexterity and a
shimmering nuance that made his account of the Saint-Saëns concerto worthy to
stand alongside the masterful authority of Jeanne-Marie Darré’s classic EMI
recording. This was most definitely the work of a Knight in high pianistic attitude.
New York Concert Review, Harris Goldsmith

“Gershwin by Knight could almost serve as a primer for the qualities
of rhythmic and dynamic grace…Knight's control of the dynamic line is
as compelling as his command of the melodic one."
Stereophile

“I defy you not to smile along with Hyperion as he romps through Irish jigs,
Viennese waltzes and his own transcription of the Pachelbel ‘Canon,’ which
restores dignity and interest to that overdone staple of Baroque bands.”
The Audio Adventure

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