The Brisbane-based concert series will present four international pianists in a series of stunning recitals.

The Medici Concerts International Piano Series will again bring some of the world’s most renowned pianists to Queensland for a series of stunning solo recitals. The Courier Mail described the series as “the Mecca for the world’s finest pianists”, and this year’s line-up looks set to continue this tradition with the likes of Freddy Kempf and rising international star Jayson Gillham in attendance. Established by Ann Thompson OAM to breathe new life into the art of the solo piano recital, the series brings four international pianists to Brisbane each year, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.  

The 2016 season opens with a concert by candlelight given by none other than internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Piers Lane. ‘Chopin By Candlelight’ will include some of Chopin’s most popular works, including the Fantaisie in F minor and the Polonaise in F-sharp minor, performed in a setting capturing the intimate atmosphere of the nineteenth century’s Parisian salons. Lane is one of Australia’s most highly regarded musicians. In addition to being the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the head of the Sydney International Piano Competition, he has also performed in more than 40 countries and has appeared regularly at the BBC Proms.  He is the Artistic Director of both the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Alexander Gavrylyuk is a Ukrainian pianist who studied in Australia before relocating to Berlin to work with esteemed conductors such as Valery Gergiev. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led critics to say that he “brought back memories of Horowitz”. In June Gavrylyuk will bring his virtuosic powers to the Conservatorium Theatre on South Bank with a recital of Chopin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Balakirev, and Schubert.

Freddy Kempf has become a household name in the Medici Concerts, and will be returning to Australia in October for his fifth series appearance. His program includes Chopin’s mesmerising Sonata No. 3 in B Minor and the glorious Grand Sonata in G Major by Tchaikovsky. In 1998, Kempf was so well received at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition that the audience refused to leave the hall even as the janitors were sweeping up.

Australian pianist Jayson Gillham is one of the most ascendant rising stars of recent years. He won the UK’s prestigious Gold Medal as the Commonwealth Musician of the Year, and in 2014 took home First Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition. Critics have written of his “star quality, technical prowess and natural musicality”, with one commenting that they were reminded “at various times of Arthur Rubinstein”. The young pianist performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2013, and this year will return to his home state to deliver a recital of Baroque and Romantic gems by Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Chopin on October 9 in the Concert Hall at QPAC.

A special offer gives $20 off all new Subscription Bookings with each new subscriber entitled to a Bonus Offer of two extra tickets to either Piers Lane or Jayson Gillham.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website or call QTIX on 136 246.