The Japanese pianist Haruko Seki made a welcome return visit to Swineshead village hall in December and, judging from the response, another visit will be eagerly looked forward to.
She is of the highest calibre, sensitive and relaxed, yet also possessing a powerful virtuoso technique.
She began with Chopin and Debussy, the latter exploiting her sensitivity. Then came a highly dramatic ‘tour de force’ – the ‘Dante’ Sonata by Liszt. How does such a petite physical frame produce such a massive, fiery sound, leaving her and her audience breathless?
Novelties by diverse composers as Scott Joplin and Tchaikovsky followed – and then even more incredible playing in an arrangement of Borodin’s ‘Polovtsian Dances’. The audience clamoured for more, and got it!