JORGE LUIS PRATS
We are looking forward to our opening concert on Friday Oct 30th where
Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats will play Villa-Lobos' Bachiana
Brasileira no. 4, Albeniz' six pieces from Iberia and Cervantes' Cuban
Dances suite in the first half and Chopin and Ravel in the second half.
A detailed program is posted on our website. Prats is a performer born
to be on stage and Spanish and Cuban music are so close to his heart.
He gives audiences the feeling of being at a historical recital. This
should be an unforgettable evening that should not be missed. We asked
many pianists who they would invite for a concert, and their answer was
always the same: Jorge Luis Prats. They were referring to the
recordings of the 3rd Rachmaninov concerto that you should definitely
have in your collection.
THE CHOPIN COMPETITION
I have just returned from the Chopin
Competition in Warsaw, completely exhausted after an intense three
weeks of the Competition. First, it is not an easy task to listen to
the same pieces played over and over again by so many competitors.
Second, I did not have time to rest because all my spare time was taken
by a number of meetings with many interesting people like Chopin
scholars, presenters, music critics who arrived to watch this
Competition. I also met several jurors who have played for our Society
in the past. There was also excitement growing due to the fact that
Canadian pianists impressed everybody from the very first stage. The
atmosphere was fantastic: pianists were showing up in the lobby after
each performance to sign autographs and a big crowd always formed in
the hall after the last performer of each stage of the competition,
waiting anxiously for an official announcement of who made the next
stage. After the finals the excitement went very high because it was
clear that the Canadian, for the very first time in the history of this
Competition, can not only get the prize but win the Competition. We
were waiting four hours for official results to find out that among six
prize winners two Canadians were awarded.
Charles Richard-Hamelin got the second prize and 16 year-old Tony Yike
Yang got the fifth prize. Tony is the youngest prizewinner in the
history of the competition. This is a historical Canadian success.
We will present Charles and the first prize winner next season. North
America was very strong as the third and fourth prize went to
Americans, Kate Liu and Eric Lu. Many of you have already seen Eric Lu
recently when we presented him on September 1 at the Vancouver Academy
I had the honour to present an award from the Vancouver Chopin Society
for the 1st prize winner at an official ceremony on October 22nd.
There were some interesting events as part of the Competition. Krystian
Zimerman and Martha Argerich were awarded with an honorary doctorate:
Zimerman by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and
Argerich by the Academy of Music in Katowice. Martha
Argerich and Nelson Goerner opened the Competition playing Schumann and Paderewski
concertos and both played in Katowice Rachmaninov' Symphonic Dances.
Every five years at the time of the Chopin Competition, the
International Federation of Chopin Societies organizes the AGM in
Warsaw and every member Chopin Society in the world is represented by
one person. Our Society was officially represented by our Board member,
During the special Grand Chopin meeting before the AGM, I received the
Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis - given by the
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. The medal was
presented by Dr. Artur Szklener, Director of the Chopin Institute in
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