2018/2019 Recital Season

Charles Richard-Hamelin
Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Vancouver Playhouse
“Richard-Hamelin never treated the composer as a vehicle for display, speed or bravura. What we saw instead was wonderfully-concentrated inward playing that aimed at the soul of the composer and exuded great intelligence and architectural strength. Sometimes I thought of pianists like Claudio Arrau or Emil Gilels, though the artist’s self-confessed standard-bearer is (naturally) Dinu Lipatti. This turned out to be one of the best piano recitals we have seen in the past year or two.”– Geoffrey Newman

Nikolay Khozyainov
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Vancouver Playhouse
“The piano seemed to have acquired a bow to draw out with seamless legato while the accompaniment floated around like incense. This young man is a master of romantic tone.”– The New York Concert Review

Lukáš Vondráček
Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 at 3 PM
Vancouver Playhouse
“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

Tobias Koch
Friday, Feb 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Christ Church Cathedral
…Even by its own high standards, this new release featuring the German pianist Tobias Koch offers something uncommonly fresh and entrancing, a journey through the world of Polish character pieces – principally polonaises and mazurkas – from before, during and even after Chopin’s time.” – John Allison

Nelson Goerner
Sunday, Apr 7, 2019 at 3 PM
Vancouver Playhouse
“Majestic in Chopin, unquestionable in Debussy, the Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner is one of those discreet artists whose career is immense.”– Le Monde

Kate Liu
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 PM
Vancouver Playhouse
According to pianist and Chopin specialist Janusz Olejniczak, Liu’s performance of Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie during the competition was simply the best he had ever heard.