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The Sydney Presents Cislowska And Willems In Concert

March 23, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Revered pianists Tamara Anna Cislowska and Gerard Willems AM appear in concert, presented by the Sydney International Piano Competition (The Sydney).

Performing on two grand pianos, they will play an evening of solos, duets and trabscriptions from Beethoven to Gershwin in concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. The program will include music by Mozart, Greig and Liszt. Piers Lane AO, Artistic Director of The Sydney, said, “This is a very special moment to relish with two Australian piano legends performing together an epic showcase of the piano library”.

Tamara Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most renowned and ARIA award-winning pianists. She has performed and recorded world-wide to critical acclaim as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, winning international prizes such as the Rovere d’Oro, and touring internationally as cultural ambassador for Australia. Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship and the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’.

Gerard Willems AM is an Australian living legend of the piano whose performance and teaching career spans Australia, Asia and Europe. Boasting multiple ARIA awards for his recordings of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, five piano concertos with Sinfonia Australis, and the ‘Diabelli Variations’, Gerard is recognised as a pre-eminent specialist of the first Viennese school.

As part of this musical feast, a very special in conversation interview with Tamara and Gerard will be presented by admired ABC Classic FM hosts Mairi Nicholson, in Melbourne, and Damien Beaumont, in Sydney.

The program: MOZART Overture from The Magic Flute K.620 (Busoni) [Gerard Willems & Tamara Anna Cislowska]/ BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7 in A Op.92 [Tamara Anna Cislowska & Gerard Willems]/ GRIEG Solitary Traveller Op.43 No.2, Morning Mood Op.46 No.1, and Butterfly Op.43 No.1 [Gerard Willems]/ LISZT Abschied 1885 (to Siloti), and Concert Paraphrase on Verdi ‘Rigoletto’ [Tamara Anna Cislowska]/ GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue [Gerard Willems & Tamara Anna Cislowska]


Melbourne: When: Friday, 17th March 7:30pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elisabeth Murdoch Hall – Corner of Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Melbourne.

Read about The Sydney International Piano Competition’s competition for composers.


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