Chopin Concert with Alan Kogosowski presented by Sputnik Russian Cultural and Television Association

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Acclaimed pianist Alan Kogosowski is presenting a performance with a difference in Melbourne.

Alan Kogosowski

Alan Kogosowski

On Sunday 18 December, he will play all 17 Chopin waltzes in chronological order and also explain to the audience what was happening in Chopin’s life at the time.

“I aim to take the audience on a journey so that we all can hear Chopin’s development as a person. Some waltzes will be familiar from ballet, others not. Some are dance-like, some are poetic while others are melancholic. We’ll also have back projections on the wall of Glen Eira Town Hall. This approach makes the music accessible. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy Chopin’s music,” he said.

Kogosowski, who grew up in a Jewish family in Caulfield, has loved Chopin since he was six. “I completely identified with it. His music is synonymous with the piano. It speaks to me and I think it speaks to everyone who hears it,” he said.

Kogosowski became a child prodigy, won the Australian television talent quest BP Showcase, and first toured at age thirteen, including a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City. He spent more than two decades in the US and Europe, performing to great critical acclaim. He became a favourite of the Royal Family and was awarded a Vatican Medal.

Kogosowski produced a television series on the life and music of Chopin, and has written major books on the life and significance of Chopin and the art of the piano. Kogosowski’s specialized European training in the use of the hands and fingers allowed him to practice unlimited hours a day throughout his childhood and adult career. His knowledge of the coordination of the hand muscles and ligaments developed further when, at the age of 21, the bones of his right hand were broken in a car accident.

Returning to the concert stage after only 18 months, Kogosowski demonstrated better technique and more endurance than before, thanks to his study and understanding of the use of the hands and fingers. He has now developed a method of helping people afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Kogosowski loves being back in Australia. “Australia used to be isolated but now it isn’t and I find it more peaceful, more decent than anywhere else.”

Sputnik President Gregory Vaisman said that Chopin was hugely popular with the Russian-speaking community that arrived in Australia in the early nineties as the Soviet Union disintegrated.

“We love living in Australia but we miss the concerts that used to be part of everyday life in the USSR. That’s why Sputnik, as well as producing weekly Russian-language broadcasts on Channel 31 for the past 21 years, has made it a mission to produce classical music concerts – and at affordable prices,” he said.

The concert will be recorded for broadcast on Sputnik.

Sunday 18 December, 5-7pm – Glen Eira Town Hall, Corner of Glen Eira & Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield

Tickets: $30/$25/$20. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/234689 or www.trybooking.com/NJEN or phone 03 9593 8137/0411 560 880

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