The Assembly Hall, Worthing presents an exclusive piano concert by Idil Biret at 2.45 pm next Thursday afternoon (April 16th).
Idil Biret, born in Ankara, started to play the piano at the age of three and later studied at the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, graduating at the age of fifteen with three first prizes. She was a pupil of Alfred Cortot and a lifelong disciple of Wilhelm Kempff with whom she gave a concert at the Theatre Champs-Elysees in Paris in 1953 at the age of eleven, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
She embarked on her career as a soloist at the age of seventeen appearing with major orchestras across the world including, Boston Symphony, Leningrad Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic in collaboration with conductors of greatest distinction such as Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Monteux, Hermann Scherchen, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit. Her first major concert was in Brussels in 1959 with Orchestre National de Belgique, which was attended by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium who had met her as a child in Paris at Nadia Boulanger’s home.
Her more than one hundred records since the 1960s include the first recordings of Liszt’s transcriptions of the nine symphonies of Beethoven for EMI which she recorded at the Church of Chamon Gistoux in Belgium in 1986, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for Atlantic/Finnadar and for Naxos the complete piano works of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov, the three Sonatas of Boulez, the Etudes of Ligeti and the Firebird piano transcription by Stravinsky, with a Marco Polo disc of the piano compositions and transcriptions of her mentor Wilhelm Kempff. Her Boulez recording the Golden Diapason of the year award in France in 1995 and the complete Chopin recordings have received a Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin award in Poland the same year.
Chopin: Polonaise Fantasie, Op. 61
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor. Op. 58
Rachmaninov: Moments Musicaux Nos. 1 & 6, Op. 16
Scriabin: Selection of Etudes
Tickets are £12.00, Worthing Symphony Society Members £10.00, Students and under 16s £1.00.
The Assembly Hall is in Stoke Abbot Road, Worthing.