Video: Playing a perfect Mozart sonata on his 100th birthday

Randolph Hokanson, a Seattle-based soloist who studied with Harold Samuel and played concertos with Sir Thomas Beecham, turned 100 the other day.

At his party, he introduced and played the late Mozart G major sonata with concertmaster Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi.

Watch. It will restore your faith in … everything.

Randolph Hokanson

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  • Randolph Hokanson was (and apparently still is) a terrific pianist. Maybe not a star but a really fine musician who was the rock of the University of Washington piano program for 35 years. And he looks amazing for 100.

    • I have never heard this kind of playing from a 100 year old! I remember seeing what decline did to Oscar Peterson, though there were probably health issues there too. I know Horowitz was great into old age too. However I think this performance is absolutely great and uplifting! A real tribute to the human spirit.

  • In 1965 I took piano lessons from Prof. Hokanson at the University of Washington, and I heard him play in public on more than one occasion. His extensive repertoire ranged from Mozart to Brahms to John Cage. I was delighted to listen to this birthday performance, and I congratulate both him and Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi. She herself is a former pupil of Jascha Heifetz.

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