We are also fortunate to hear Quang Hong Luu perform a FREE recital at our Theme & Variations Showroom in Willoughby next Thursday, 30th of June. For more information, click here.
“Among numerous legendary recordings of the master pianists I have listened to, there is one that touches me in a very special way: The Live recording of Grigory Sokolov playing Mozart and Chopin Recital, recorded at the 2008 Salzburg Festival. This is the first new album for almost 20 years of Sokolov, one of the world’s most enigmatic and visionary artists, no longer performing with orchestras and stopped issuing CDs in 1995.
For Sokolov’s devoted concert followers and fans, this is truly a memorable event. The program consists of 2 Mozart Sonatas in the first half and Chopin 24 preludes in the second, concluded with a dozen of encores ranging from Rameau and Bach to Chopin and Scriabin !
The spellbinding subtlety of his soulful interpretation, particularly in the Chopin Preludes (the main body of the program), carries the listener with him on every single note. Throughout the whole musical journey, I never had the impression of listening to a “routine” performance where something can be predicted, nothing is heard the same way twice. From the most intimate, to the melancholic, the dramatic and the unearthly beauty, Sokolov lives every note and rethinks the music every time he plays.
Such vitality, spontaneity could only be captured in a live performance, Sokolov himself said: “I believe in the real thing.”, as he stopped doing studio recordings. The striking originality of Sokolov’s artistry in his pursuit for perfection is a noble inspiration for me to search deeper in my personal artistic growth.”
Quang Hong Luu began studying piano at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in 1997 under the guidance of Professor Dr Tran Thu Ha. In 2007, Quang received a full scholarship to the Australian International Conservatorium of Music under Professor Kyunghee Lee and has now completed his Master’s degree at the University of Montreal with Professor Dang Thai Son. He has performed with many orchestras including the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, KOZY Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney). In July 2015, he participated in the Pablo Casals International Chamber Music Festival in France where he worked with Professor Avedis Kouyoumdjian. He made his debut in Canada at the Bourgie Concert Hall in Montreal and recently in March 2016 he made his debut in China, with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Stefanov Vignati at the Qintai Concert Hall.