The music of master Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt is explored in an intimate performance by pianist Chris Cartner. Coincidentally it is the birth anniversary of Liszt on October 22nd (b 1811).
From the exquisite tenderness of the D-flat Consolation, through the devilish drama of the Mephisto Waltz, and with all the exuberance of the bold and joyful Hungarian Rhapsody no.2, this one-hour programme celebrates some of the best-loved masterpieces of a composer who transformed the world of the piano.
Chris Cartner was appointed Organ Scholar at Rochester Cathedral in the UK and later graduated in classical piano performance at Trinity College of Music in London, before completing his training under the expert guidance of concert pianist Professor Matthijs Verschoor at the Amsterdam Conservatoire in Holland.
After a period as repetiteur with British Youth Opera, Chris became a much sought-after musician on the busy London circuit on a variety of different projects. Since this time he has worked as solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and musical director in various parts of the world, and in particular completed several hundred recital programmes in the British and Dutch capitals.
Since coming to Australia early in 2008, Chris has been increasingly involved in the arts industry in Sydney, working with most of the nation’s major arts organisations. He is currently pianist with Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia and Sydney Chamber Choir amongst others, and has a busy diary of concert engagements.