Mortensen Showcases "Best Composer Ever"

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—“Bach is simply the best composer ever. That’s why I play his music,” says John Mortensen, professor of piano at Cedarville University. Mortensen has prepared an evening piano concert with pieces that have influenced his life, and he hopes they leave an impression on his audience.

    The concert will center on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Contemporary composers Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Paradies, who are contemporaries of Bach, will be showcased as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff, a famous arranger of Bach’s works. In addition, Mortensen will perform a rare Russian version of a Bach piece. The program will conclude with what he considers as “the greatest composition Bach ever wrote” - the Chaconne in D minor.

    Mortensen received his doctorate of musical arts from the University of Maryland and has served at Cedarville University since 1995. He specializes in performing piano literature of the romantic era as well as Bach transcriptions. He studied under Anne Koscielny and Raymond Hanson, both renowned pianists and professors at the University of Maryland.

    Last summer, Mortensen served as a judge at the Rovere d’Oro International Piano Competition in Italy, and this summer he will perform at the Chamber Music Festival of Rostov in Russia.