Today marks the official start of Spring in Sydney. With the warmer weather and longer days, we should all be heading out and attending more live concerts. I’ve personally selected a list of classical music concerts in September (with a particular focus on piano concerts) – hopefully that will inspire some of you to get out and enjoy some beautiful music:
- The “Rach 2” by Sydney Symphony and George Li (1st and 2nd Sep). This concert is strongly recommended for advanced piano students. George Li is a 22-year-old Chinese American concert pianist – a recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and silver medalist of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He is playing Rachmaninoff’s mesmerising Second Piano Concerto (my personal favourite) with the Sydney Symphony tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Call to get tickets!
- Chamber works – two pianos and percussion at the Sydney Conservatorium (12th Sep 6:30pm). The Conservatorium always hosts high-standard concerts with a variety of interesting programs for piano and other instruments – concerts usually last about 1 hour 15 minutes. This concert highlights 3 masterpieces from the first half of 20th Century – works by Bartok, Debussy and Ravel. Entrance is $25.
- Paganini Theme and Variations at the Sydney Conservatorium (15th Sep 7pm). This program focuses on the famous theme of Paganini’s 24th Caprice for the violin. Attendance is free.
- Chamber works – new music for 2 pianos at the Sydney Con (19th Sep 6:30pm). If you like jazz and jazz improvisation, then this is the one you should attend! Entrance is $25.
- Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals by Sydney Symphony (22nd Sep 11am). The Carnival of the Animals is one of the most interesting and fun piano pieces I’ve played, and I am sure it will be much more spectacular and entertaining played by the full orchestra and voice narration! Ticket from $39.
That’s it for now. Hope to see some of you at the concerts!