Although known primarily for his recordings of French composers such as Gabriel Faure and Francis Poulenc, pianist Grant Johannesen plays an eclectic repertoire that he thinks should become the standard.
"I see the same pieces played by this artist and that one -- they seem to have a limited repertoire and the choices are so vast," he says. "The only people who play different pieces are those tied to a certain time or composer ...
"It is a very conservative time for inquiry into the vastness of repertory," he says. "Teachers teach what they were taught and this repertory may not suit the talents of all students."
The first artist to record the complete piano works of Faure, Johannesen, a Utah native, was awarded the Legion D'Honneur in 1985 for his recordings and performances of French music. "I did in my early years record a lot of French music to acquaint people with the great French repertoire, and it was a labor of love," he says. But, he adds, "I seem to play Chopin and Bach as much as anyone."
Johannesen will perform in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 254-3600.