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Pianist known for fast fingers

PIANIST Maksim Mrvica has a large following in China - mostly women - not only for his expertise but also good-looking appearance. The Croatian is coming to Shanghai again. It will be the third time he will perform in the city.

Maksim is expected to perform a mix of classical, crossover and contemporary music at Shanghai Grand Stage on December 10.

He will present about 20 programs including his most popular interpretations like "Exodus," Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" and Tonci Huljic's "Croatian Rhapsody."

The concert will also feature songs like "Aquarium" and "Anna's Dream" from his latest album "Appassionata," which was released in 2010.

Though a student of classical music, Mrvica is more widely known for his modern interpretations in which he adds electronic music.

"I like classical music and I like modern electronic dance music. I like combining the two together; it is just like the two sides of my personality - quiet and energetic," Mrvica says.

He admits there are big differences between classical and modern music, especially in rhythm. So he always carefully selects classical pieces with strong rhythms to adapt.

The pianist says he will arrange some particular programs especially for the Shanghai audience.

Since his interpretation of "Piano Concerto Yellow River" was very well-received by the Chinese audience last time, Mrvica says he will try something similar, yet different, this time around.

"Every pianist has his or her unique way of understanding and presenting a music work. 'Piano Concerto Yellow River' impressed me with its beautiful melody and strong rhythm," says Mrvica.

Compared with a usual classical music concert hall, Mrvica is looking forward to playing at Shanghai Grand Stage.

A big screen will be set on the stage to help provide a better view for the audience.

"Many say that it is incredible when I tap on 16 keys within a second while playing 'Flight of the Bumblebee.' This time, they will be able to clearly see my fingers hitting the keys through the big screen," says the pianist.

Date: December 10, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Stage, 1111 Caoxi Rd N.

Tickets: 280-1,280 yuan

Tel: 962-388, 400-810-1887; 6191-3533


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