Conversation: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

BY Arts Desk  March 13, 2009 at 6:07 PM EDT

Two years ago, pianist Simone Dinnerstein seized the attention of the classical music world with a debut concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and a self-produced recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” that became a bestseller and made many critics’ top lists that year.

Since then she’s given numerous recitals around the world and released a recording, titled “The Berlin Concert,” featuring works by Bach, Beethoven and contemporary composer Philip Lasser.

Ms. Dinnerstein joined me by phone from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.:

Listen to Dinnerstein perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111, Maestoso: Allegro con brio e appassionato, From the “The Berlin Concert” recording:

Also from the “The Berlin Concert” recording, Dinnerstein performs J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 13:

Editor’s note: For more about Dinnerstein, check out her appearance on WNET’s Sunday Arts and NJN’s State of the Arts. And thanks to Michael Lawrence Films for use of the above video, taken from “Bach Project.”