Vancouver Chopin Society
Sunday, May 8th, 2011, 7:30 pm - Vancouver Playhouse, Hamilton at Dunsmuir, Vancouver


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Daniil Trifonov

Another great talent from the recent (Oct 2010) International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, is coming to Vancouver. Daniil Trifonov after winning the 3rd prize and special prize for "the best performance of mazurkas", was invited to play in the grand finale of the bicentennial at a Chopin concert featuring the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.

He studied at Moscow Gnesin School of Music in the class of Tatiana Zelikman (2000-2009), teacher of other Russian talents like Konstantin Lifschitz, Alexander Kobrin and Alexei Volodin. He will play on a rare hand-made Italian Fazioli piano. Don't miss his concert!

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-- by Prof. Irena Poniatowska

In the nineteenth century; in Paris, at the time when the art of piano playing was in full bloom, the virtuoso pianists of the period were referred to in the following terms: Thalberg was a 'king'; Liszt, a 'prophet'; Herz, a 'solicitor'; Kalkbrenner, a 'minstrel'; Madame Pleyel, a 'Sybil'; Tausig, a 'Mephisto', the last of the virtuosi; Doehler - simply a 'pianist', whereas Chopin was most frequently nicknamed a 'poet', or even 'Ariel' or 'Raphael' of the piano. In 1838, Ernest Legouv, the Paris critic, when asked to name the world's number one pianist: Liszt or Thalberg, perversely concluded that 'Chopin is...'

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After the last two great performances of Wunder and Virsaladze, we expect to finish this season with another memorable concert featuring this time an emerging new star, Daniil Trifonov, fresh from an orchestral concert in Moscow and playing on a renowned Fazioli piano.

However, I would like to bring to your attention another very important event for the Vancouver Chopin Society, the fund-raising soiree on May 7th at Aberthau Mansion...a special tribute to the 200th birthday of composer virtuoso Franz Liszt.

Since the BC Government drastically cut its budget for arts organizations, we are struggling financially. To maintain this high level of concerts given by outstanding artists, we have to get at least 40% of our budget from individual grants and donations. This is a dilemma facing every arts organization in this province. Last year all of our applications, except one, were rejected, even our application for the Vancouver Chopin Festival, an event of singular importance marking the composer's 200th birthday. We survived thanks to the great generosity of several of our members.

At the present time, we have to raise $10,000 immediately. The great pianist Adam Nieman, who some of you may know from his performance here for the Vancouver Recital Society, has agreed to play for us at the Aberthau Liszt soirée for a nominal fee...and Daniil Trifonov will be a guest of honour at this event too. Manuel Bernaschek has also agreed to provide us with a Fazioli piano for both this event and the Trifonov recital the next evening.

To raise money for this sparkling event we need at least one hundred guests. If you cannot join us in person, please consider a donation instead.

Throughout this season, we have heard from our audience members that our Society is the best kept secret...a hidden North America for providing such top-notch piano soloists at affordable prices.

We need your support more than ever to survive and to continue to provide this level of stellar artistry.

  Next Concerts


Nov 18, 2011 8 pm
Magee Theatre



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