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The Paris-born and Montreal-bred Canadian pianist Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu has won the 40,000-euro first prize of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, one of the most prestigious contests in the world. The 24-year-old graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire prevailed in dramatic fashion Wednesday evening with an emotionally refined and technically burnished performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor Op. 11. Results came in later than expected, a little after 8 p.m. EST – 2 a.m. in Warsaw. Possibly the delay was caused by an abundance of ex-aequo finishes – ties – that expanded the roster of main…

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The winner of Gold is Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu. Read the full story here. Here are the videos of the Finals. Two Canadians, J J Jun Li Bui of Toronto and Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Montreal, have advanced to the finals of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Twelve hopefuls will perform one of the two Piano Concertos of Chopin in the final round, which takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. Sessions start at 6 p.m. Warsaw time (noon EST). Four contestants are heard each day. Liu’s performance of the Piano Concerto in…

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Chopin : Préludes Op. 28; Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante Op. 22 Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano Analekta AN 2 9146 ★★★✩✩ Several months after praising his Mozart concertos to the skies, I must register some disappointment with Charles Richard-Hamelin’s most recent outing on the Analekta label. Chopin’s Préludes Op. 28 – monumental in their entirety, fascinating in their fragmentary parts – require a more individual outlook than this. The opening C Major prelude (marked Agitato) sounds nondescript and several others are stripped of their “molto” and “assai” modifiers. The little ballet that is No. 7 in A Major seems to lurch to…

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“I think 100 is a good number,” Isolde Lagacé said, referencing the tally of concerts presented by Bourgie Hall in 2021-2022, up from 53 in its inaugural season 10 years ago. “To have 100 concerts, in every style, and of good quality.” A good number? More like astonishing given the array of alternatives that exist in Montreal and the challenges still posed by the pandemic. Not many chamber rooms in Canada can claim such a sum, which rises to 141 when rentals are taken into account. Or perhaps the numbers are both surprising and predictable at once, given the steady…

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FORT WORTH, Texas, August 31, 2021—The Cliburn is pleased to announce that individual tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT, September 1, for the sixteenth edition of its flagship Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to be held entirely in person on June 2–18, 2022, at Bass Performance Hall and Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. All individual tickets will be available online at Cliburn.org or by telephone at 817.212.4280 starting at 10:00 a.m. Subscription packages remain on sale including premium, complete, and individual round subscriptions at Cliburn.org/2022-tickets. Patrons must be 10 years or older to attend. TICKET INFORMATION INDIVIDUAL TICKETS Earlier than…

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The German-Japanese pianist, a trophy artist on Deutsche Grammophon, is facing the onset of multiple sclerosis with courage, positivism and ingenuity. On her tenth album she seeks to give the preludes of Frederic Chopin a contemporary twist by interleaving them with some of her favourite modern composers. Her daring approach changes the colouring of some of the Chopin so that certain preludes sound like shards of Philip Glass that got left on the mixing desk – not that Glass is present in the mix. The composers she chooses are compellingly more eclectic. There is the Italian Francesco Tristano, who reimagines…

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One of the perils of the Covid period is the forgetfulness . We no longer remember the physical thrill of hearing a favourite work and recordings sometimes fail to deliver that visceral satisfaction. Here’s an exception. Shostakovich wrote his first concerto for himself to play and the second for his son, Maxim. The degree of difficulty is relative; neither was a virtuoso pianist. The writing is rich in orchestral texture and, in the first work, amounts could almost be a trumpet concerto. The second piano trio, written in wartime, is a lament for the sufferings of Jewish citizens under Hitler and…

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Orchestre philharmonique et choeur des mélomanes 2021-2022 season includes Alain Lefèvre playing Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec Montreal, July 29, 2021 – The seventh season of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) includes pianist Alain Lefèvre as soloist in André Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec. This is one of three concerts in the Maison symphonique under the direction of Francis Choinière. “I have always been keen to support the next generation and it is with enthusiasm that I accepted the invitation of the young conductor Francis Choinière to present this gem,” Lefèvre said, referring to the concerto, a work he was instrumental…

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It takes more than just technical chops to pull off two-piano repertoire. Like tennis, piano doubles require simpatico energy, a similar mindset, complementary skills and, given the sheer number of notes involved, a kind of sixth sense for what your partner is doing. It’s no wonder so many of the world’s most successful piano duets have been siblings or spouses. On the other hand, with almost 10 feet of distance between keyboards, it’s an ensemble tailor-made for a pandemic. David Jalbert and Wonny Song have been friends and co-performers for several years. As two of the best Canadian pianists of…

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CALGARY, AB, June 17, 2021—The Honens International Piano Competition announces the 2022 edition schedule, which was postponed from 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50 Quarterfinalists chosen to participate in the Competition remain in place for 2022, as will the juries and collaborating artists, where possible. Quarterfinalists hail from 18 different countries. The Quarterfinals take place in Frankfurt (March 14 to 17) and New York (March 24 to 26). In this round, each of the 50 selected pianists performs a 40-minute self-programmed solo recital and completes an interview with an arts journalist. All performances are recorded on video for…

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