Piano star in concert

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A CRITICALLY-acclaimed international pianist is to entertain an audience from all over the county in Swineshead on Friday.

Cambridge-based Vivian Choi will be performing chamber and contemporary works by Bach, Debussy, Schumann and Chopin, including Fantaisie Impromptu, in the village hall, on North End.

Vivian has been reviewed well with the Daily Telegraph describing her phrasing and interpretation as ‘beautifully judged’.

The Washington Post said: “Choi’s adaptations to her pieces particular idioms were scrupulous.

“Her Mozart was as light as the spring breezes outside.

“Her Paganini (Liszt) sparkled and dazzled.”

Vivian grew up in Macao, Hong Kong, before moving to London and studying at the Royal College of Music with Kendall Taylor as an associated board scholar.

She has been winner of the Hopkinson Gold Medal and Dannreuther Concerto Prize.

She subsequently completed a Master of Music in Theory and Analysis at King’s College, London, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Vivian was first prize winner at the Washington International Competition, in the American capital and has won prizes in the Councours d’Albert Rousell, in France, and the Newport International Competition, in Wales.

She has given recitals in the Far East, Europe and the USA including festivals such as the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days.

She has also recorded contemporary works and a solo CD of Ravel’s piano works.

The recital on Friday starts at 7.30pm. Admission is £12 for adults, children get in free.

l Information call Bettina Houlder on 01205 820246.