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January 30, 2011: Frederic Chiu, pianist

January 30, 2011
3:00 pm, McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

Frederic ChiuOn Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., the South Berkshire Concert series and Simon Rock’s Bridges Visiting Artists program will present Frederic Chiu, one of the most original and intriguing pianists in the world.

The concert program will feature Debussy Suite Bergamasque, which includes the famous "Clair de lune" third movement; a unique performance of Schumann Kinderszenen Opus 15 ("Scenes from Childhood"), with narrator Karen Beaumont reading "Gustave" by Jacques Drillon; and Schumann Fantasy Opus 17, a work of great passion and pathos.

Chiu is a celebrated "non-winner" of the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where his elimination before the finals caused a storm of protest among the press. Subsequently, The New York Times named him the “maverick pianist."

His music and teaching reflect his Asian/American/ European background, classical musical training, and ongoing explorations of artificial intelligence, human psychology, and ancient traditions of meditation and philosophy. Chiu has toured most major European cities, including Rome, Milan, Brussels, Antwerp, Berlin, Frankfurt, the Hague, Warsaw, Prague, and London. In North America he has appeared in the Place des Arts in Montreal, at the Ambassador Theatre in Pasadena, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and the Newport Music Festival. He has also appeared in recitals at the prestigious Kioi and Suntory Halls in Tokyo and Beijing Central Conservatory.

He has performed with the Orchestre de Bretagne of France, Hartford Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Estonia National Symphony, China National Symphony, and the Taipei National Symphony.

Chiu's musical partners have included Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz and the St. Lawrence and Shanghai string quartets. 
He has worked with many composers, including George Crumb, Frederick Rzewsky, Bright Sheng, Gao Ping, and David Benoit. His numerous awards include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award of the Juilliard School, and an American Pianists Association Fellowship.

Chiu has recorded over twenty CDs, and his repertoire includes the complete works of Prokofiev, as well as the popular classics of Chopin and Liszt and lesser known masterpieces by Mendelssohn and Rossini. His recordings have received high recognition, such as "Record of the Year" by Stereo Review and "Top 10 recordings" by the New Yorker. BBC Music Magazine called Chiu “a stunningly virtuosic pianist with a dynamic range that almost defies the capabilities of modern recording techniques…” Le Monde (Paris) has remarked, "One cannot imagine playing more elegant, more refined, more spiritual than Chiu’s," and "He has reinvented virtuosity...a phenomenon that must be heard."