The Year 2020 ~ Gustin House at 100, and Beethoven’s 250th Birth Anniversary
Lyell Gustin established his Piano Studios in 1920 in the home newly built at 512 Tenth Street, Saskatoon. From this centre, for nearly 70 years, he led and shaped a world of musical activity, teaching and presenting recitals, giving masterclasses and summer schools, bringing together members of the wider cultural community, and leading others to the heart of musical-artistic truth and meaning. A century old this year, the restored House serves as a centre for concerts and programs in the Gustin tradtion.
The Studios of Dr. Gustin’s time marked anniversaries of composers with the study and performances of their music. A memorable early example was the commemoration of a Frederic Chopin milestone year when, in 1949, the composer’s complete works for piano were presented at the Studios.
Dr. Gustin considered the honouring of one’s musical ancestry a particular matter of pride and source of inspiration. This is the Studio lineage of pianists/piano teachers, each mentoring the next: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Carl Czerny (1791-1857), Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915), Jeannette Durno (1876-1964), Lyell Gustin, and after him, his students, and theirs in turn. This international heritage, this relationship to a line of ultimate musical artists, was one of Dr. Gustin’s great gifts to his students.
During our 2020 Centenary year, Gustin House is especially proud to join in the international celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary by featuring programs of the master’s music for piano, strings, and voice, solo and ensemble. Details for each event will follow in coming months–watch here for announcements.