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Beethoven’s Birthday with Tristan Lee

17 December



Sunday 17 December 2017
duration: tbc
time: 5pm
ticket price: $35 – $40
03 9662 9966

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Join pianist Tristan Lee in a evening of music to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday.

This program pairs two of Beethoven’s greatest piano sonatas: Op. 57 Appassionata and Op. 106 Hammerklavier.  Tristan has chosen these works, as the Appassionata is widely considered a crowning achievement of Beethoven’s ‘middle period’ and the Hammerklavier, the crowning achievement of his ‘late period’. In fact, the Appassionata shares many similarities with his iconic 5th Symphony, and the Hammerklavier was composed simultaneously to his 9th Symphony.

Both works are extremely demanding both technically and emotionally with the Hammerklavier generally considered one of the most (if not, the most) challenging piano pieces ever written.

It is very rare to hear the two works side by side in recital, so this will be an excellent (or crazy!) way to celebrate Beethoven’s birthday this year.

Tristan Lee is an Australian pianist rapidly gaining international recognition for his distinctive style and musicianship. Recent highlights have included performances of concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and Rachmaninoff; and solo recitals throughout UK, Italy, Lithuania, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, China and Australia.  Widely sought as a chamber musician he has appeared twice at the Wigmore Hall, London to critical acclaim. As a keen interpreter of contemporary music, he regularly performs music of the present day and has given numerous world premieres of works by leading British and Australian composers.

Tristan Lee completed his postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music following undergraduate study at the University of Melbourne. He has won many notable prizes and scholarships including the Australian Postgraduate Award 2014, Geoffrey Parsons Trust 2012 and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust 2010. His competition successes include First Prize and Gold Medal in the Australian Youth Piano Recital Award 2008, and many other prizes at national and international competitions.

After completing his formal studies in Europe, Tristan Lee has been mentored by Leslie Howard and Benjamin Frith, and between 2012 and 2014 he undertook a period of study with renowned French pianist, François-Frédéric Guy in Paris. Tristan Lee is currently completing a PhD at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, where he also holds the positions of Piano Teacher and Academic Assistant.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $40,
Concession: $35,
Group 6+: $35


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