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A Different Kind of ‘B’ Line: pianist Thomas Hecht in concert

Monday, 07 May 2018


The great composers Bach, Beethoven and Brahms are often referred to as “the Three B’s” of classical music.

In A Different Kind of ‘B’ Line on Wednesday 9 May at 7.30pm in WAAPA’s Music Auditorium, renowned concert pianist and pedagogue Thomas Hecht links a modern American ‘B’ to these musical giants – the neoclassic composer Samuel Barber, whose piano writing owes as much to the expressive sonatas of Beethoven as it does to the enriched harmonies of Brahms.

Hecht’s dynamic Perth program will feature Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles Op. 126, Brahms’ haunting Four Ballades Op. 10, and Barber’s Ballade Op. 46 (1977) and 20th century tour de force, Piano Sonata Op. 26 (1949).

Professor Hecht is founding Head of Piano Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore, a position he has held for 15 years. His former teaching positions include Head of Piano Studies and Artist-In-Residence at the School of Music at Victoria University in New Zealand and Professor of Piano and Artist-In-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA).

In addition enjoying a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading piano teachers of his generation, the American-born Hecht has an impressive list of concert performances to his credit.

Over nearly three decades, he has performed throughout the world as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and as a member of the acclaimed duo-piano team Hecht & Shapiro, winners of the Munich International Two Piano Competition and USA National Duo Piano Competition.

Hecht, who is a Steinway Artist, has played with the world’s leading orchestras, with career highlights including performances at the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Kennedy Centre in Washington and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.

WAAPA is delighted to welcome Hecht back to WAAPA after being a guest artist in 2013 when he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 with the Faith Court Orchestra.

While at WAAPA, Professor Hecht will also take several masterclasses with the Academy’s piano students.

For Thomas Hecht’s full biography, please visit the Thomas Hecht website.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the A Different Kind of ‘B’ Line performance web page.


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