Concert III – Lukáš Vondráček

 
Saturday, Feb 3, 2019 at 3 PM
 
Vancouver Playhouse( Click for directions )

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“There was the same air of colossal decisiveness about everything that followed. It’s been a while since I heard a pianist with such a naturally huge tone, achieved without any trace of harshness.”– The Telegraph

The undisputed and unanimous winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition, Lukas Vondracek stunned the distinguished judges with his performance of Brahms’ Sonata in F minor.

Of a subsequent performance of that very Brahms sonata, critic Ivan Hewitt of The Telegraph writes: “The first phrase strides heroically up the piano, reaching a peak of colossal ringing affirmation.” The writer added that in the quieter moments of the work, Vondracek “opened up deep perspectives in the music.”

Recent highlights in his very busy concert season include concerto performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, as well as recitals at, among others, the Mariinsky Theatre, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

His concerto appearances have partnered him with conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Zdenek Mácal, Pietari Inkinen, Vasily Petrenko, Jakub Hruša, Christoph Poppen, and Anu Tali.

Even before his win at the Queen Elisabeth, Vondracek had already been an active recording artist. His first recording (2004) featured works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Janácek and Dohnányi, while the second (2013) presented music of Brahms.

Don’t miss the Vancouver debut of this remarkable young musician, already making musical waves everywhere he plays.
 

CHOPIN Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Intermission

SCHUBERT Sonata No. 21 in B-flat, D960

A reception for all will follow the concert

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