Piano Stars Festival presentation concert in Riga- March 2012
The XX International Piano Stars Festival anniversary celebration will
begin with a presentation concert on March 9, in Riga, the Great Guild
Hall. One of the festival concerts will take place also in Ventspils,
Theatre House Juras Varti on March 14. The rest of the concerts will as
always be held in the Liepaja Theatre.
In the festival opening concert, which will take place on March 9, in
Riga, the audience will have unique opportunity to hear three
outstanding pianists - Brigitte Engerer from France, Anton Lyakhovsky
from Russia and the little genius - 11 years old Umi Garrett from the
USA. The Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra will be conducted by
Atvars Lakstigala. Two days later, on March 11, this concert will also
take place in the main location of festival – the Liepaja Theatre.
Uldis Lipskis, manager of the Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra,
proudly tells that: "During anniversary of the International Piano
Stars Festival for the first time we will take a representation concert
to Riga. The program of this concert will represent the essence of the
whole festival - classical values, retrospection and a look in the
future. Brigitte Engerer and Anton Lyakhovsky were especially beloved by
the audience of previous festival concerts, Umi Garrett - the youngest
participant in the history of this festival. During this concert, both youth
and maturity, rich past and hopeful, intriguing future of the festifal
will meet in the music of Mozart, Sen-Sans and Tchaikovsky.
This year citizens of Ventspils will have a chance to enjoy
performance of the wonderful Belarussian duet by Natalia Kotova and
Valery Borovikov from the program of the International Piano Stars
Festival. In concert “Theatre. Love. Jazz.”, which will take place on
March 14, in Ventspils, the duet will perform on two concert grands at
the same time, which is a rare occasion in the concert life of Latvia.
The audience in Liepaja will have an opportunity to hear this concert on
"We are always happy to collaborate with such persistent partner as
Ventspils that just wants to make sure its audience has at least a
glimpse of the magic of this festival," tells Uldis Lipskis.
As announced before, the International Piano Stars Festival, which
has been organised by the Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra since
1993, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.
Umi Garrett's magnificent slide show of her travels around the world.
From Bill's Facebook Site - 12 March 2012
Very few people make it to the status of International Concert Pianist.
Many many extremely talented adult performers who graduate from the
world's most distinguished music schools and academies will never make it
to the concert stage; what a waste. The eleven year old girl Umi Garrett is already
there, travelling the world performing with the world's finest
orchestras. Japan last month, Latvia last week, Moscow today. She's
performed in China, and at the end of last year, in South America.
Earlier in the year she was in Italy.
I do wish she'd come to
England. Problem is, the UK classical music world doesn't take child
virtuosity as seriously as the USA does. This country still 'enjoys' a
class distinction when it comes to classical music - snobbery in other
Can we imagine an otherwise normal child who is not a
geek, playing concertos at the Royal Albert Hall? It happens at New
York's Carnegie Hall, but I suspect we're light years behind America in
this regard - our loss, not theirs. Here it comes, the British stiff
"I say old boy, who ever heard of an eleven year old
playing Beethoven's fourth at the opening night of the Proms at the
Royal Albert Hall?
My goodness, the girl is always smiling and laughing,
never knows when to stop. We can't possibly take her seriously. No,
let's stick to 70 year old Daniel Baremboim (extremely solemn), he knows
Beethoven and we know him. Stick to what's tried and tested. Er, who is
Lang Lang by the way, not another trendy? What IS the world of
classical pianism coming to?"
Japan's Tsunami and Umi - 1 year on
12 March 2012