At the Liepāja International Star Festival opening concert, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the conductor Guntis Kuzma will be joined on stage of the “Great Amber” Concert Hall by the Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, who has built his career for more than three decades as one of the most versatile pianists in the world.
Lortie has established long-term partnerships with such renowned ensembles as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchester National de France, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and many others.
At the Liepāja International Star Festival opening concert, Louis Lortie will play Frederic Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1, composed in 1831 and premiered in Paris, gaining huge success. However, some of the composer's contemporaries did not really accept this kind of music, accusing it of an “overly sensitive” musical style. But this might also mean that it could have just been friendly envy, because time has shown that it is very beautiful and emotional music.
Louis LORTIE (piano)
Winners of Valdis Vikmanis’ Latvian Young Artist Competition
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Guntis KUZMA
Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano concerto No.1 with orchestra
Programme by Winners of Valdis Vikmanis’ Latvian Young Artist Competition
The Concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Cultural Capital Foundation and Liepāja City.
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