Nelson Freire canceled his concert
The concert by Nelson Freire has unfortunately had to be cancelled on
the advice of his doctor. Stepping in will be Georgijs Osokins from
Latvia, the young sensational pianist of the 17th International Chopin
Piano Competition in Warsaw, 2015. He was dubbed by critics as
exceptional and unpredictable.
Tickets for the Freire recital will be honoured at the Osokins
performance. You can find more information about Georgijs Osokins on our web site.
Single tickets for this
event can be bought through us or Tickets
Great performance by Dina Yoffe at the
We had a fantastic performamce where Dina Yoffe showed us the influence
Chopin’s work on Scriabin by playing the 24 Preludes of each,
not played separately, but intertwined. This brilliant idea and her
playing proved what a great
pianist she is. .
You can read an excellent review of this recital
by Geoffrey Newman here:
The day after the concert, Dina Yoffe gave a masterclass at the
UBC School of Music. It was a wonderful class where Dina demonstrated
her fantastic teaching skills. Being the student of famous
Russian teacher Gornostaeva who in turn was a student of Heinrich
Neuhaus, Dina represenrs the best traditions of the Russian piano
The 2016-2017 Season
This is a season you won’t want to miss! Ewa Poblocka, fantastic
pianist, known in musical circles as the first lady of the piano in
Poland; Charles Richard-Hamelin, silver medalist at the 17th
International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2015, the first Canadian
win a top prize in this prestigious Competition; Jean-Efflam Bavouzet,
considered by many critics to be incomparable for his Debussy and Ravel
interpretations; and Sergei Babayan, one of today’s top pianists.
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Canceling the concert - some thoughts by
Some of you are no doubt disappointed about Nelson Freire’s
cancellation of his Vancouver appearance. We sometimes forget that
artists are humans, subjected to the vicissitudes of life such as
fatigue and illness.
In the history of the performing arts, some of the most important and
exciting concerts had been given by artists who substituted for
indisposed colleagues. One has only to think of the operatic debut of
Arturo Toscanini in South America, or Leonard Bernstein’s stepping in
for Bruno Walter, and conducting incredible performances. In 1960,
Zubin Mehta substituted for the scheduled conductor in a concert with
the Montreal Symphony, after which he was offered the musical
directorship of the orchestra.
And in Hamburg, on January 20th, 1926, an unknown pianist from Russia
named Vladimir Horowitz substituted for Helene Zimmermann, the
scheduled performer, in Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The
ovation after that performance was endless, and the rest is history.
When we heard news of Mr. Freire’s cancellation, we immediately
initiated a search for an artist who might be able to play for you. We
considered ourselves extremely fortunate in securing the services of
Georgijs Osokins, an artist who created quite a stir in the 2015
International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. We are certain that you
will be moved and excited by Mr. Osokins’ artistry in his Vancouver
Who knows, this may be a concert you would be talking about for years