Musical Liaisons with Chopin
Rudolfinum - Suk Hall |
80 minutes |
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Sam Haywood - piano
Sam Haywood has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus and the Wigmore Hall. The New York Times hailed his ‘‘Passionate flair and sparkling clarity’ and the Washington Post his ‘dazzling, evocative playing’. He has a special fondness for Indonesia, where he has performed and taught for many years.
He embraces a wide spectrum of the piano repertoire and is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician or working with singers. He has toured extensively as a duo with American violinist Joshua Bell, including a recital and at the Rudolfinum in Prague, broadcast live on Czech Radio.
He has composed several instrumental miniatures, including 'The Other Side', first performed at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. His Song of the Penguins for bassoon and piano, dedicated to Roger Birnstingl, is published by Emerson Editions. He is currently working on a commission for piano and string quartet.
Passionate about early instruments, Haywood recorded a Chopin album on the composer’s own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection, to celebrate his bicentenary in 2010. Other recordings include Stanford’s Preludes and the piano works of Julius Isserlis (grandfather of Steven Isserlis) for Hyperion Records. For Sony he has recorded a selection of works by the child prodigy Alma Deutscher and a trio on Joshua Bell’s Musical Gifts album with Steven Isserlis. He is soon due to release an album of piano works by the Czech composer Jelena Pouličková.
Haywood is also Artistic Director and co-founder of the Solent Music Festival, which takes place annually in the beautiful sailing town of Lymington, UK.
Immerse into classical music in Prague´s most beautiful venues
Rudolfinum is the most famous concert building in Prague and the seat of the Czech Philharmonic. Its two concert halls stage the most prominent concerts such as the Prague Spring Festival.The elegant Neo-Renaissance building of Rudolfinum was built between 1876-1884 by Česká Spořitelna (Czech Savings Bank) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation.
The bulding was conceived as a multipurpose cultural center with a concert hall and exhibition halls. The building was taken under the patronage of the heir of the Habsburg throne, the archduke Rudolph after whom the building was named. Between 1919 and 1941 Rudolfinum served temporarily as an assembly hall of Czech Parliament.
Since then it has functioned as a concert hall, exhibition space, and a seat of the Czech Philharmonic. The intimate Suk Hall with excellent acoustics hosts chamber classical concerts, such as string quartets or piano recitals. Festive atmosphere and great concerts held in Rudolfinum will not let you forget this exceptional space.
Disabled entrance: on the left side entry door
I enjoyed very much the awesome choice of pieces and the excellent technique of the artist. Thanks a lot for inviting him and organizing this memorable event in Prague