Denes Varjon, February 12, 2016

Vancouver Sun writer David Gordon Duke describes the number of classical performers to come to  Vancouver over a six week period as an 'embarrassment of riches'. Louis Lortie, Sir Andras Schiff, Denes Varjon, Igor Levitt, Avan Yu, Richard Goode and Alexander Melnikov, all fantastic pianists, are worthy to spend any sum. We will be presenting Denes Varjon, whom some Vancouver concertgoers may remember from his recital with cellist Steven Isserlis. Mr Várjon is deeply committed to chamber music and collaborates with many famous musicians but his solo recordings and performances in the last decade have received international critical acclaim. His North American tour consists of seven concerts, including Carnegie Hall, but his Vancouver performance is the only one in Canada. He will play a fantastic programme.
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If you like statistics, according to Bachtrack Classical Music Statistics for 2014, Denes Varjon was in the top ten most often performing artist.

Dina Yoffe, April 8, 2016

During the Chopin Competition I had a chance to speak to Dina Yoffe, one of the Jurors, about her programme to be performed on April 8, 2016 in Vancouver. Dina was one of Gornostayeva's best students and we still remember her fantastic performances in the Chopin Competition in 1975 where she got the second prize behind Krystian Zimerman. After that she stayed for several years behind the iron curtain of the Soviet Union that did did not allow for to create a career abroad. She had to wait a long time to launch her career.
In order to show the influence of Chopin’s work on Scriabin, Dina Yoffe will play 24 Chopin and 24 Scriabin Preludes in a unified way, Scriabin’s prelude followed by Chopin’s prelude.
This is surely going to be a great event that you should not miss. She will give a Master Class on April 9 at the UBC School of Music (11-1 pm).

Nelson Freire, May 19, 2016

Without a doubt, the highlight of the year is an appearance by Brazilian Nelson Freire, one of the world’s greatest living pianists. A CD of Freire's most coveted performances is included on Philips' acclaimed series, "Great Pianists of the 20th Century," released in 1999. Tom Deacon, the world famous executive producer of this series, is coming just for this concert from Toronto.

New application - mUltimate Chopin

A modern Internet platform presenting all the available sources of the works of Fryderyk Chopin. Developed by Paweł Kamiński, editor of the National Edition, in co-operation with the editorial team of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute as part of the Digital Heritage programme. This application has been especially designed to enable browsing, analysing and comparing digitalized sources, offering instant access to commentaries on all the problematic places in the analysed fragment of the musical score. The system user is able to closely follow the editing process and make own decisions (e.g. related to the choice of variants) on the basis of the photocopied sources made available.

The piano in Polish Collections

If you want to learn about old pianos and their history please visit "The Piano in Polish Collections", an excellent site launched in 2015 by the Institute of Music and Dance. The project showcases over a hundred historical pianos manufactured by Polish and international makers.

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