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Grande Finale - Alexander Gavrylyuk concert

After three sold-out recitals this season, The Vancouver Chopin Society concludes its 20th Anniversary season with a recital by the sensational pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk.
BBC Music Magazine wrote: “...he is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade. Every time, he enchants the public with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing.” A frequent concerto soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Gavrylyuk is no stranger to Vancouver audience. This is a rare opportunity for us to experience another facet of Gavrylyuk's artistry, in the intimacy of a solo piano recital.

Don't miss what will surely be a stunning finale to our memorable 2017-2018 season.

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Rafal Blechacz's post concert reflections

Rafal Blechacz, the winner in 2005 Warsaw Chopin Competition proved to be the perfect choice for our 20th anniversary concert. At the sold-out concert at The Playhouse he gave a performance that will surely be remembered by everyone who was there. Blechacz, like his mentor Krystian Zimerman, is unique in how he shapes his own career, limiting the number of concerts played in every year to 40, and even taking a whole year off in 2016, frustrating his managers since demand for his concerts increased dramatically after his receiving the prestigious $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award in 2014.

You can read the review of Blechacz's concert here as well an interview with him here. We promise to bring him back soon.

A six-year old Nathan Lai won a trip to Warsaw, for the finals of the first ever International Chopin Competition on period instruments in September 2018. He will be travelling to Warsaw with his parents. Nathan’s mother told us that he is “super excited” about the win, and that he has been much more diligent in his piano practice since then.

We hope that we can organize another draw in the 2018-2019 season to send another lucky winner to Warsaw for the 2020 Chopin Competition! Competition in 2020.

The 2018-2019 season

Our season brochures have already been sent recently. If you are not currently on our mailing list, or have not received a brochure yet, please let us know and we would be happy to send it to you.

The Vancouver Chopin Society is one of the few musical organizations in the city to offer a 25% discount to seniors, students and B.C.R.M.T.A. members for subscriptions and 20% discount for single tickets. The price for youth (grades 1 through 12) is again an incredible $15 per ticket.

Both the new season brochure and ticket order form can be opened and printed directly from our website. You can also open them here: the 2018-2019 season brochure or order form.

Outline of the Chopin – Schumann Relationship by Dr. Margit McCorkle

"Hats off, gentlemen - a genius!"
With these words, Robert Schumann, then a struggling law student dreaming about music and becoming a professional musician, became one of the first to recognize Chopin's genius. The oft-quoted phrase above is actually part of a review, an appreciation, Schumann wrote about Chopin's Opus 2, Variations on Mozart's La ci darem la mano, from Don Giovanni.

On Monday, May 28th, at 10:30 a.m., The Vancouver Chopin Society presents Dr. Margit McCorkle, internationally renowned musicologist and music bibliographer, in a lecture dedicated to September 12th 1836, a special day when Chopin, Schumann and Mendelssohn met.

Dr. McCorkle is best known for her two monumental catalogues of the complete works of Robert Schumann (1984) and Johannes Brahms (2003). Since 2007, she has been the official German to English translator for the texts of the enormous cumulative complete editions of the works of Robert Schumann and Carl Maria von Weber. In the course of her research into composers of the Romantic era, she has been keenly interested in the creative influence composers around the same age who were acquaintances exerted upon each other.

If you are a music teacher, serious music student, music lover and concertgoer, you would not want to miss this rare opportunity to gain an insight into the relationship and creative influences between these iconic composers, given by a renowned music historian and world authority of 19th century composers.

The lecture is free for subscribers, and $10 for non-subscribers. Space is limited to only 60 people. You can register by calling us us or sending us an email. Please indicate the number of people attending.

Patrick May, President
Iko Bylicki, Senior Manager



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Next Concerts

Next concerts

Alexander Gavrylyuk
May 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Lecture By
Dr Margit McCorkle
May 28, 2018 at 10:30 am
Tom Lee Music
728 Granville St.

Chopin and Schumann

2018/19 SEASON

Charles Richard-Hamelin
Nov 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Nikolay Khozyainov
Nov 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Lukas Vondracek
Feb 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Tobias Koch
Co-presentation with,
Early Music Vancouver
Feb 22 and 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral

Last Chopin Concert
The Polish Romantics

Nelson Goerner
April 7, 2019 at 3 pm
Vancouver Playhouse


Kate Liu
May 19, 2019 at 3 pm
Vancouver Playhouse




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