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Rudolf Buchbinder looks back at 65 years of pianism / SFGATE Q&A

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For many decades, the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has been regaling the international musical world with a cultured, masterful approach to the keyboard repertoire. His focus has been on the Viennese classical masters, particularly Beethoven, but his artistry ranges over a wide swath of music history, from the Baroque to the contemporary period.

Yet, Buchbinder's local appearances have been few and sporadic - a solo recital here, a visit with a touring orchestra there - and even those have not necessarily garnered the attention they're due. He returns to the Bay Area this week, shortly before his 70th birthday in December, to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 with the San Francisco Symphony in his first appearance with the orchestra in more than 30 years.

Buchbinder spoke recently by phone from Munich, where he was about to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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