Zecchini's famed virtuosity at NederburgDistell
Acclaimed pianist Maxime Zecchini will introduce music lovers to his extraordinary repertoire for the left hand at the Nederburg Concert this month.
The Parisian pianist is renowned for creating awareness about piano compositions for the left hand, and he has released recordings under the Explora Concept and Harmonia Mundi labels that highlight these often overlooked works.
“Although I will play piano music written for both hands at the recital, I am particularly looking forward to introducing South African audiences to the world of compositions for solo left hand,” he says.
“I had the idea of exploring the left hand repertoire a few years ago when I first studied Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand. The idea that the playing of just five fingers could sound like two hands seemed like an extraordinary wonder to me, and a number of composers have managed to take up the challenge with exceptional talent.”
He explains that the left hand's dexterity can, at best, make the piano sound like a full orchestra, by using the positioning of the fingers, natural flexibility, and the powerful range in the keyboard's low registers.
Zecchini is the first French pianist to receive a degree from the prestigious Incontri col Maestro academy in Imola, Italy. He has won numerous musical honours, including first prize at the international competition in Arcachon in 2000 and at the international competition at Varenna, Lake Como in Italy in 2003.
In 1995, following his initial training at the Conservatory of Saint Maur des Fosses, Zecchini received a gold medal and went on to study at the Higher Regional Conservatory in Paris where he was awarded the first prize in 1997. Later that year he began further studies at the Higher National Conservatory of Music in Lyon and in 2001 earned the Diplôme National d’Etudes Supérieures Musicales with highest honours and a special commendation.
His recital at Nederburg will take place at 17h00 on October 23 and will include works by Bártok, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Sancan and Saint-Saëns. Tickets are R150, which includes a welcoming drink and delicious light supper snacks served with fine Nederburg wines. Bookings can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by calling 021 809 8106 or 021 809 8345.
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