Christine Stevenson

APRIL CONCERT

Christine Stevenson piano

2.00pm Sunday, 3 April 2011
WYSELASKIE AUDITORIUM
29 College Crescent, Parkville

Meet the Artist

Christine Stevenson enjoys a distinguished career as a piano recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the UK and abroad. Her concerts continually draw critical acclaim for her virtuosity, musicianship, and the engaging rapport she establishes with audiences of all ages.

2011 being the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth, projects this season include concerts in the UK and in Australia featuring repertoire from the three volumes of ‘Années de Pèlerinage‟, works from ‘Harmonies poétiques et religieuses’, waltzes, czardas and song transcriptions. A recording of ‘Années de Pèlerinage – Italie’ is in preparation, and a new blog is underway- www.notesfromapianist.wordpress.com.

The 2010 season’s projects featured programmes celebrating the music of Chopin, particularly works written during his ‘Winter in Majorca’, from November to February 1838-1839. Concert venues included festivals in Kent, Suffolk and Cumbria, and Christine participated in a marathon performance of Satie’s ‘Vexations’ as part of the London Sinfonietta’s ‘Experiment!’ Festival at King’s Place, London. A well reviewed recording of music by award-winning British composer Thomas Hewitt Jones is now available on CD and online.

Winner of the prestigious Dom Polski Chopin Competition, Christine’s wide experience includes the premiere CD recording of Alkan’sRondo Brillant with members of the London Mozart Players, live and recorded broadcasts for the ABC and BBC, a period as Musician in Residence at the Chisholm Institute, performances in a film featuring chamber music of Margaret Sutherland and Helen Gifford, and an Arts Council tour of northern Australia in collaboration with selected actors, a visual artist and a dancer in multi-arts presentations.

An inspiring communicator, she is regularly invited to give masterclasses at the Hereford Summer School for Pianists, the City Lit, Jackdaws and Hindhead; she has taught advanced pianists at Lancaster University, and is on the staff of the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London

Born in Melbourne, Christine graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with distinction, being twice awarded the Gaitskell prize for the most outstanding student. She studied with Gordon McEwan, Roy Shepherd, Stephen McIntyre and with the celebrated English pianist, Ronald Smith, also participating in masterclasses given by Sergei Dorensky, Ciccolini and Perlemuter.

Future plans include projects to celebrate the forthcoming bicentenary of another great pianist-composer of the Romantic Period -Alkan.

Program

“Liszt – Years of Pilgrimage”

Chopin/Liszt – ‘Printemps’ from Chants Polonais Op.74 No.2

Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words Op.19 No.1

Alkan – Chant Op.38 No.1

Liszt from „Années de Pèlerinage II –Italie‟

Sonetto 47 delPetrarca

Sonetto 104 delPetrarca

Sonetto 123 delPetrarca

Après une Lecture de Dante – Fantasia quasi Sonata

INTERVAL

Thomas Hewitt Jones (b 1984) – Four Piano Miniatures

Silent Moon

By the Sea

Dream

Summer Evening

Liszt from „Années de Pèlerinage I and III‟

Au lac de Wallenstadt

Au bordd’une source

Les jeuxd’eaux a la Villa d’Este

Liszt Funérailles”from „Harmonies poétiques et religieuses‟

Liszt Mephisto Waltz No.1

You are invited to meet the artist after the concert over light refreshments.

******************************************************************** FROM THE ARCHIVES

In the 170th year since Liszt’s birth Christine Stevenson also gave a piano recital for the

Society.  At 8.00pm on Monday, 16 November 1981atDruid House (On the Second Floor), 407 Swanston Street, Melbournemembers were entertained with the following program:

Scarlatti (1685-1757 – Three Sonatas – E major L.23; C minor L.352; &D major L.461 Alkan (1813-1888) – Sonatine Op.61

Liszt (1811-1866) – Three Pieces from “The Years of Pilgrimage. Second Year. Italy”

Liszt – “Waldesrauschen” and “Mefisto Valse