Pianist Zlata Chochieva’s Nov 10, 2019 debut recital was highlighted by critic Geoffrey Newman in his Vancouver Classical Music blog as one of three best recitals in 2019.
We still have three more outstanding concerts in our current season. To mark the 210th anniversary of Chopin’s birth on March 1st, we are happy to be presenting two concerts in March by outstanding Chopin interpreters.
Dina Yoffe, runner up to Krystian Zimerman at the 1975 Chopin Competition, will return to share her incredible artistry. A student of famed professor Vera Gornostayeva at the Moscow Conservatory, she received many international invitations after her win at the Chopin Competition, but was essentially forbidden from accepting any of them by the Soviet government (read this review by Geoffrey Newman). It was only after her family was allowed to leave Russia that her career really took off. She regularly serves on the jury of the Chopin Competitions in Warsaw. She will be playing for us Schubert’s Sonata in D Major and Chopin’s fourteen Waltzes.
Once again, we collaborate with our friends at Early Music Vancouver to bring you Tomasz Ritter, winner of the first ever Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw (2018). This young musician, who created such a stir at the competition with the judges as well as the audience, will make his Vancouver debut on an 1852 Broadwood piano as well as an earlier Viennese instrument. Come join us for this important debut!
And from the tradition of great Italian pianists such as Busoni, Pollini and Michelangeli, we present the 30-year-old Federico Colli, who many believe will live up to the name of his illustrious predecessors. Known for highly imaginative and philosophical interpretations, Colli achieved international prominence after winning both the 2011 Salzburg Mozart Competition and the Gold Medal at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition. Of his Scarlatti, Norman Lebrecht in La Scena Musica writes, “Scarlatti hasn’t been this much fun since Horowitz left it off his encores list.”
In conjunction with Tomasz Ritter’s Vancouver debut on March 23rd, we have invited renowned scholar and music historian Benjamin Vogel to present a lecture before the concert. Entitled “Chopin’s Piano – Once and Today”. In his lecture, Vogel will share his thoughts on idea of recreating the authentic sounds of Chopin music from his time. This is a very special opportunity to hear the thoughts of one of today’s most eminent music scholars.
This lecture is exclusively for ticket holders to Tomasz Ritter’s recital, and will take place at 5:30 at the Playhouse Salon therefore space will be limited. For ticketholders who would like to register for the lecture, please call us at 604-871-4450 or email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FOR DETAILS on each of our 2019/20 season concerts, please visit: chopinsociety.org
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