London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane will perform on March 21st and 23rd
Amigos da Música Association presents two concerts with Australian pianist Piers Lane to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninov – the postromantic Russian composer Rachmaninov born on April 1st 1873.
On March 21st, Piers Lane will perform several Preludes by Sergei Rachmaninov as well as the Variations, followed by 12 pieces by Frederic Chopin included in the ballets Chopiniana and Les Sylphides. And on March 23rd, Piers will present Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Variations by Piotr Tchaikovsky, John Field and Alexander Glazunov.
Amigos da Música Association is a “non-profit private membership club” that brings together an “international group of friends of music in the Algarve”. Set up in 1992 to support the musical activities at the now defunct “Centro Cultural de São Lourenço”, the Association has already organised 175 concerts with 170 artists.
According to the association, “Since 2013, our focus has been on organising 18 regular concerts at the new venue of “Os Agostos”. This is unique amongst the Algarve’s concert venues. Situated within the stately home of Monte dos Agostos, in the hills above Santa Bárbara de Nexe, it provides a rustic and intimate space, ideal for chamber music. Artists, too, appreciate it and are inspired by this atmosphere of near “Hausmusik”.”
About the artist
Piers Lane, a London-based Australian pianist, has a worldwide reputation as an “engaging, searching and highly versatile performer”.
He is a five-time soloist at the BBC Proms. In 2015 Piers Lane was appointed Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition and is responsible for initiatives like the 2021 Online Piano Competition, the Piano Lovers’ Competition for amateur Australian pianists and Composing the Future, a competition to help Australian composers during Covid times.
In recent seasons, Piers Lane performed three concerts at Carnegie Hall, and world premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto and Double Piano Concerto with Kathryn Stott Implacable Gifts, both written for him. He has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the 54-part series The Piano.
There will be wine, fruit juices and canapés available for self-service.
For concert bookings please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Entry donation including refreshments is €30 per person for guests and non-members, payable in advance by bank transfer, available here: www.amigosdemusica.org.
All concerts will take place at the Auditorium of Os Agostos near Santa Bárbara de Nexe. Doors will open at 6pm and the concert will begin at 7pm.
Future concerts at Os Agostos:
- April 18 and 20 – Anne Kaasa, piano, M. Jose Falcao, cello, Ester Georgie, clarinet (from Lisbon)
- May 30 and June 1 – Alissa Firsova, piano and Daniel Rowland, violin (from London)
- June 27 and 29 – Lucy Parham, piano and Harriet Walter, actor (from London) in “I, Clara” about Robert Schumann’s brilliant pianist wife Clara Schumann-Wieck
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