THUNDER BAY, ON ---- January 17, 2016 --- Guest conductor Les Dala makes his TBSO debut in a dynamic concert, featuring Overture to Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony. Pianist Katherine Chi returns to Thunder Bay to mesmerize in a captivating performance of composer Edvard Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto.
Gluck: Overture to Alceste / Grieg: Piano Concerto, Op. 16 / Schumann: Symphony No. 2
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Masterworks 3: Katherine Chi Performs Grieg
Thursday, January 28, 2016 / 8PM
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Arthur Post, conductor / Katherine Chi, piano
About Katherine Chi
Pianist Katherine Chi, firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. “Ms Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique” notes The New York Times. Recent and upcoming performances include her debuts with the Tallahassee and Modesto Symphony Orchestras, concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony and collaborations at the Gilmore Festival and the Library of Congress.
Sought after as a concerto soloist of musical and technical distinction, Ms. Chi is noted for the breadth of her repertoire. While hailed for her interpretations of Mozart, she is also acclaimed for performances of major romantic and twentieth century concertos. “…the most sensational but, better, the most unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev’s Third I have heard in years” writes The Globe and Mail. And when Katherine Chi recreated Stockhausen’s landmark work, Mantra, for two pianos and electronics the Boston Globe wrote “when the superb pianists Katherine Chi and Aleksandar Madzar took on the challenge at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday, it was a welcome opportunity: courtside seats at the creation.” “Chi and Madzar were ensconced among percussion, microphones, and MIDI controllers…, the form unfolding like a venerable suite even as it pushes the modernist envelope.”
She has appeared with the Alabama, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Grand Rapids, Huntsville, Kitchener-Waterloo, Nova-Scotia, Philadelphia, Quebec, Richmond, Symphoria, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, CBC Radio Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Toronto Sinfonia. Festival appearances including Aldeburgh, Banff, Canada’s Festival of the Sound, Launadière, Domaine Forget, Marlboro, Osnabrück Kammermusik, Germany’s Ruhr, Santander Summer Music, and Festival Vancouver.
Just a year after her debut recital at the age of nine Katherine Chi was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She continued studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her Master’s degree, Graduate, Artist Diploma and Doctorate. She later studied for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2000, Ms. Chi won first prize in Honens International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian, and the first woman to win this award. She was also a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition. Her debut recording, on the Arktos label, features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and a new CD for the Honens label is slated for a 2015 release.
To learn more about Katherine Chi visit www.katherinechi.com.
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