Charles Richard-Hamelin is opening our season with a very special recital

What a wonderful and memorable two weekends it is going to be! On the 10th and 17th of November, The Vancouver Chopin Society will present two pianists whose performances you would not want to miss.

Vancouver audiences remember Charles Richard-Hamelin’s stunning sold-out debut in 2016. His recital on Saturday, November 10th, at 7:30 p.m will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Regained Independence. Following the recital, the Polish consulate will host a very special reception for ALL audience members. Come and drink a toast to Poland, and to Chopin.

Ever since winning the silver medal at the 2015 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Charles Richard-Hamelin has been winning plaudits wherever he leaves his musical footprints. No matter how prestigious it is to be successful at a musical competition, it is entirely up to an individual musician whether he or she continues to grow artistically. In this respect, Charles Richard-Hamelin has more than proven himself in the years since his success in Warsaw. If you have been a follower of this young artist, you will already know of his appearances in the world’s musical capitals, as concerto soloist, chamber music player as well as recitalist. He continues to explore new repertoire, and his interpretation of established repertoire continues to mature and deepen. We are delighted that Charles will be playing for Vancouver audiences again in a programme of Schumann and Chopin.

A popular pianist with both audience and critics wherever he plays, Nikolay Khozyainov is also making a welcomed return to Vancouver. In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Khozyainov talks about his love not just for music, but also for performing, “I always perform with a great joy…Everything I am saying to you through the musical sounds is coming from my heart, my soul. I play and live according to my inner life” – thoughtful words coming from so young an artist. For his Vancouver appearance, Khozyainov will present a varied programme of Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (which includes the justly famous Clair de lune), Stravinsky’s blistering Three Movements from Petrushka (originally written for Arthur Rubinstein), Chopin’s beautiful Berceuse as well as his Sonata No. 3 in B minor.

Do come out and enjoy great performances by these two very different artists.

Nikolay Khozyainov will perform for us on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will take place at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Mark your November calendars!