Piano star in concert

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Gen Li

Chinese pianist Gen Li, who thrilled the audience at the final of last year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition with his rendition of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3, will be performing in Hastings once again this month.

He will be giving the Winter Prizewinner’s Recital at Fairlight Hall on Saturday, January 12. The concert will take place between 11am and 1pm, with an interval. Doors will open at 10:30am.

He will be playing an eclectic programme, which will begin with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No. 11, Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 12. Albeniz’s Suite Iberia VII – El Albacin and Chopin’s Etudes Nos. 9 and 10.

After the interval, he will perform Debussy’s Images Book 11, Schubert’s Klavierstucke D.946 No 2 and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Gen Li has been described by BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty as having “golden fingers”. He has appeared as a soloist at some of the world’s finest venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall in London, Fazioli Hall in Italy and Casa de Musica Great Hall in Porto.

He has also won numerous competitions including the London Jacque Samuel, Eastbourne, Brant International, Malta International and the Santa Cecilia Piano Competition

The Winter Prizewinners’ Recital marks the beginning of the run-up to the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. It will take place at the White Rock Theatre starting on February 21.

Once again it will culminate in a two-evening final on March 1 and 2, when the six finalists will perform one of their complete chosen concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets for all stages of the competition are now on sale from the White Rock Theatre (01424 462288) or from the HIPCC website.

Tickets for the Winter Prizewinners’ Recital are £15 and can be bought from the HIPCC web site or from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre in Muriel Matters House in Breeds Place (01424 451111).

Image Credits: HIPCC.

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