SACKVILLE, N.B. – One of today’s most exciting young pianists brings his exciting virtuosity to Sackville in a recital not to be missed. Mount Allison University’s department of music is proud to present Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze, performing works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. The recital takes place on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium, 134 Main Street, Sackville.
Tchaidze is the 2009 Prize Laureate of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition. The Telegraph commented on the “fine sensibility and perfectly honed technique” displayed at his Wigmore Hall debut in London in March 2012.
His Honens win allowed him to bring his artistry beyond Russia for performances throughout Europe and North America for the first time. Last spring, Tchaidze also performed at Berlin's Konzerthaus, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. Festival performances in 2012 included Canada’s Westben, Toronto Summer Music, Ottawa International Chamber Music and France’s Piano aux Jacobins. After several collaborations with the Cecilia String Quartet, the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition First Prizewinner, Tchaidze tours with them this season across the Prairies. In 2011, he played for the Governor General of Canada at the special invitation of The Glenn Gould Foundation, and that same year performed Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto with conductor Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra about which the Ottawa Citizen wrote “commendable clarity . . . unusually powerful for a performance of so little ostentation.”
In fall 2012 he performed Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Tchaidze will also collaborate with the Borodin Quartet in March. His debut recording of works by Schubert and an all-Russian recital album are available on the Honens label. Aside from music, he is a film buff—directors Fassbinder, German, Sokurov, and Tarkovsky are among his favourites.
This recital has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of Pauline Spatz in memory of her late husband, Dr. Albert Spatz.
Tchaidze will also give a master class on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., where he will work with gifted piano students from the bachelor of music program of Mount Allison University. This is an excellent chance to hear a world-class talent share his knowledge and experience with aspiring young artists. The master class will be held in Brunton Auditorium and is free of charge.