This Eroica CD has got it all: a mantra-like musical prayer from Bach's soul; wildly passionate music from Beethoven's great heart; majestic musical heights from Brahm's intellect; yes ... and all of it topped off by Busoni's highly virtuosic arrangement of a Bach Chaconne. Bon musical appetite!
STEVEN MENTO received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware, studying with professors Michael Steinberg and Leon Bates. After piano study with Annie Petit of The Curtis Institute, he enrolled in a Masters program at Temple University and worked with Harvey Wedeen in piano pedagogy and Maurice Wright in composition. Steven Mento completed doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of South Carolina where he worked with Dr. Charles Fugo and John Adams. He is on the piano faculty at Stockton State College in New Jersey.
Dr. Mento has performed in various locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, Florida and in Vienna, Austria, and has recorded at the Lawrenceville School. He is the piano soloist and composer of 'Elegy', which was commissioned for the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Dr. Mento is also a concert reviewer for the Classical New Jersey Society Journal.