Christian Blackshaw, piano

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The career of British pianist Christian Blackshaw is a most unusual one. Following studies at Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and private work with his pianistic hero, the legendary Clifford Curzon, Blackshaw embarked on the concert circuit only to abruptly stop in 1990, partly due to the death of his wife from cancer, but also because of a reluctance to continue performing at any level short of the Platonic ideal he had set himself. (“A perfectionist with a reverence for the composer that verges on the crippling,” is how one critic described him.) Blackshaw made a remarkable comeback just a few years ago, performing Mozart’s sonatas in London’s Wigmore Hall to tremendous critical acclaim. A supreme control of dynamics, great emotional depth, and a “singing soul” marked these performances. His recordings of this repertory have been described as “captivating,” “magical,” and “masterful.” The Guardian remarked that on the basis of the first two volumes, “if Blackshaw retired tomorrow he’d never be forgotten.” Volume 4 was named one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 in the New York Times. LMMC debut.

PROGRAMME: Mozart, Schumann, Liszt

Please note that the detailed programme will be released two weeks before the concert.

Originaire de Grande-Bretagne, Christian Blackshaw est salué par la critique pour la maîtrise, la sensibilité et la profondeur de ses interprétations. Après une formation au Royal College de Manchester et à la Royal Academy de Londres, il a été le premier pianiste britannique ayant étudié au Conservatoire de Leningrad avec Moisei Halfin. Sa brillante carrière l’a amené à se produire avec de nombreux orchestres à travers la planète, et à collaborer avec des chefs de renom dont Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov et Sir Neville Marriner. Il a participé à plusieurs festivals en Europe et au Canada. En 2013, au Wigmore Hall, il a donné en concert l’intégrale des sonates pour piano de Mozart, une performance unanimement saluée par la presse. Un contrôle absolu des dynamiques, une grande profondeur émotionnelle et une « âme chantante » marquent ses performances. Les enregistrements de ce répertoire ont été décrits comme « captivants », « magiques » et « magistraux ». Christian Blackshaw est également directeur artistique du Hellens Music Festival depuis 2013. Premier concert au LMMC.

PROGRAMME: Mozart, Schumann, Liszt

Le programme détaillé sera disponible deux semaines avant le concert.


Date(s) - 19/03/2017
3:30 pm

McGill University - Pollack Hall

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