CLEMENT PIANOS go live with Bösendorfer in Nottingham
Clement Pianos of Nottingham, widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading piano dealers is to become the first showroom in the region to offer the most luxurious and prestigious grand pianos from Bösendorfer, one of the worlds oldest and most famous piano manufacturers. To celebrate the historic arrival from Austria of an impressive collection of six of these magnificent pianos, Clement Pianos based in Lenton Boulevard has joined forces with Bösendorfer to host a unique series of entertaining and educational intimate piano performances and workshops by critically acclaimed classical and jazz artists.
James Pearson and Tom Cawley
The series debuts on Saturday 4th February with a concert by two of the UK’s most respected jazz pianists, James Pearson and Tom Cawley to pay homage to one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time – Canadian pianist and composer Oscar Peterson, who played Bösendorfer almost exclusively for over 30 years. With two stunning Bösendorfer grand pianos taking centre stage, James and Tom will be accompanied by special guests on double bass and drums to replicate the famous sound of the Oscar Peterson Trio. The concert follows the hugely successful ‘Remembering Oscar Peterson’ night led by James Pearson at London’s world famous ‘Ronnie Scotts’ jazz club, where James is Musical Director.
James Pearson and Tom Cawley to pay homage to Canadian pianist and composer Oscar Peterson
Special two hour jazz workshop/masterclass, 'A musical portrait of Oscar Peterson'
Prior to the evening concert, in the afternoon of Saturday 4th February, James Pearson who is a recognised authority on Oscar Peterson will lead a special two hour jazz workshop/masterclass, 'A musical portrait of Oscar Peterson' that promises a do-not-miss opportunity for jazz pianists of all levels and abilities to receive invaluable hints and tips at close hand to help improve their playing technique. James is also offering 6 pianists the rare opportunity to participate in the masterclass section. Anyone wishing to work one on one with James should sign up as soon as possible as places will be allocated in advance on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets for the concert and workshop are each priced at £10 and with an audience capacity of just 60, early booking is strongly recommended.
A fascinating insight
For classical pianists and music lovers, on Wednesday 8th February, special guest Simon Oss from Bösendorfer will present a fascinating insight into the Bösendorfer brand and its history, followed by a free Piano Recital by leading concert artist Alexandra Dariescu.
Alexandra Dariescu will perform using Bösendorfer’s, ‘Liszt Anniversary Grand’ designed and produced as a limited edition in honour of the great composer’s 200th birthday. Franz Liszt was known for destroying other, more fragile instruments. Only the robust Bösendorfer grand, with its wonderful sound, was able to stand up to his rather furious virtuosity, and thus became the perfect partner for Liszt.
Alexandra Dariescu will perform using Bösendorfer’s, ‘Liszt Anniversary Grand’
BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star Alexandra Dariescu
Featured as BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star in June 2011, Alexandra Dariescu has become hugely popular with audiences since her debut at Bridgewater Hall was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in 2006. She has since performed with some of the world’s leading conductors and concert orchestras and has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and Classic FM. Highlights of Alexandra’s 2011/2012 season include her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, collaborating with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, three concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and appearing at the Cheltenham Festival for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Alexandra will return to Nottingham on 17th March to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no 1 at Royal Concert Hall, with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra.
Clement Pianos owners Mick and Andy Wilson state, “We are immensely proud and delighted to have been appointed agents for Bösendorfer Pianos that offer the ultimate performance, elegance and opulence. We hope as many pianists and music lovers from across the region will join us on 4th and 8th February to experience these fantastic artists, improve their playing skills and discover the extraordinary heritage and special qualities of Bösendorfer pianos.”
VENUE: Clement Pianos, 221 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 2BY
Tickets available from Clement Pianos – Tel: 01159 701106.
Saturday 4th Feb: 2pm—4pm
‘A musical Portrait of Oscar Peterson’ workshop/masterclass. Tickets: £10
Saturday 4th Feb: 7.30pm
‘Remembering Oscar Peterson’ – concert featuring James Pearson and Tom Cawley. Tickets: £10
Wednesday 8th Feb 7.30pm
Presentation by Simon Oss of Bösendorfer / Piano Recital by: Alexandra Dariescu – Admission Free.
Schumann Abegg Variations op 1 (7min) and Liszt Ballade no 2 (13min)
Second 20min: Liszt/Wagner Liebestod (from Tristan and Isolde) (7min) and Chopin Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante op 22 (13min)