Louis Lortie, piano
Chopin Piano Concert No. 1
Frédéric Chopin wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 before he left Poland in 1830 when political upheaval drove him to Paris. He remained there for the rest of his life, dazzling audiences and critics throughout the world with his extraordinary performing and composing skills. The Concerto is thus a fascinating look at a genius in transition. Chopin-specialist LOUIS LORTIE will bring to life the riches of this piano masterwork. Lortie is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes. The London Times has praised his "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have.”
Russian born Igor Stravinsky enjoyed remarkable success in turn-of-the-century Paris, but kept strong ties to his roots. His music for the ballet Petrushka, based on Russia's version of Punch and Judy, premiered in Paris in 1911, with the immortal Nijinsky in the title role.