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Irish pianist gives concert of Chopin

IRISH pianist Barry Douglas will perform tonight with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

Douglas, considered one of the world's most brilliant and versatile pianists, began his career when he won the Gold Medal in the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.

English-born Tovey, also brilliant and versatile, has been called by the Baltimore Sun "the hottest conductor in America today."

The concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall will include Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A Major" and Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor."

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Chopin, and Douglas calls the symphony a beautiful and fitting tribute.

In 1999, Douglas formed Camerata Ireland, an all-Irish chamber orchestra, with players from both northern and southern Ireland to celebrate the wealth of Irish musical talent. He remains the artistic director of the Clandeboye Festival, Ireland, and the International Piano Festival, Manchester.

Douglas has visited China many times for concerts and master classes. Before arriving in Shanghai, he gave a performance in Beijing and on Tuesday he conducted a master class at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

"I like Shanghai. It's an amazing city, a perfect contradiction of old and new," he says, adding that "the freezing weather is too cold for walking around."

Besides classical music, he also listens to jazz, Irish traditional music and some music that his children like.

Tovey today continues his second season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and his sixth season as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic's Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall in summer 2009.

Earlier he held positions of music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras and familiar with classical, operatic, choral, British and contemporary music.

He and Douglas have collaborated many times.

Date: Today, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan'an Rd E.

Tickets: 50-380 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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