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The Fourth Annual Paderewski Festival Returns to Raleigh in November

November 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2017

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Eric Lu
Elizaveta Ivanova
Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter
Kamil Pacholec

Event  Information

Raleigh -- ( Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 )

The Paderewski Piano Festival: Paderewski Concert 1: Eric Lu
$ -- Smedes-Emory Parlor at Saint Mary's School , , -- 3:00 PM

Raleigh -- ( Sun., Nov. 5, 2017 )

The Paderewski Piano Festival: Paderewski Concert 2: Elizaveta Ivanova
$ -- North Carolina Museum of Art Auditorium , , -- 3:00 PM

Raleigh -- ( Sat., Nov. 11, 2017 )

The Paderewski Piano Festival: Paderewski Concert 3: Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter
$ -- North Carolina Museum of Art Auditorium , , -- 3:00 PM

Raleigh -- ( Sun., Nov. 12, 2017 )

The Paderewski Piano Festival: Paderewski Concert 4: Kamil Pacholec
$ -- North Carolina Museum of Art Auditorium , , -- 3:00 PM

November 4, 2017 - Raleigh, NC:

This preview has been provided by the Paderewski Festival.

Commencing our fourth year, we of the Paderewski Festival are well on our way to realizing our announced purpose of creating an annual cycle of concerts honoring Ignacy Jan Paderewski. We invite you to join us for these special events, to learn and experience the extraordinary piano legacy – both as composer and as performer – of Paderewski. He performed in this area four times and had an unusually close personal connection to Raleigh.

This year we will feature four concerts by distinguished and accomplished pianists.

The weight of the performances will center on the works of Chopin and Paderewski. Paderewski normally constructed his programs from the standards of the 19th-century repertoire and would, on occasion, add one of his own compositions as a diversion or as an encore.

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Saturday, November 4, 3:00 pm
Saint Mary's School, Smedes Parlor

Pianist: Eric Lu was born in Bedford, Massachusetts, and began his piano studies there with Dorothy Shi. He later moved to New England Conservatory Preparatory with Angel Ramon Rivera and now studies with Robert McDonald at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. At 19 he is rapidly building an international reputation as a young pianist of enormous promise and a distinctive musical voice. He is the winner of the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt, and the 2015 US National Chopin Competition in Miami. In October 2015, at age 17, he won 4th prize at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, becoming one of the youngest laureates in the history of this prestigious competition. His debut CD was released under the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, recorded from the Chopin Competition 2015. Since the Chopin Competition, he has performed many concerts in Poland, as well as France, Germany, and Spain, and he has performed extensively in the United States, Japan, Korea, and China.


Sunday, November 5, 3:00 pm
North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium

Pianist: Elizaveta Ivanova was born in Moscow into a musical family. She began piano at the age of four and graduated with honors from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studying with Mechetina and Dorensky in 2011. She then graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Prof. Koroliov, where since 2013 she works as an associate professor. She has participated in master classes with many famous musicians, such as Fou T'song, Dmitry Bashkirov, Sergey Babayan, Emmanuel Ax, and Andrea Bonatta. Her concert career began in 2002 and includes concerts in more than 20 countries in Europe and southeast Asia and she has won prizes in numerous international competitions in France, Italy, Austria, and Germany. Recent engagements Poland, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, and Israel, as well as her native Russia. She also participates in chamber ensembles with both piano and harpsichord.


Saturday, November 11, 3:00 pm
North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium

Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of thirteen, where he obtained a First Prize for Piano, Chamber Music, and completed the full graduate performance cycle. In 1989, he met Krystian Zimerman, who has since been a close confidante and decisive influence in his musical life. He then studied at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, where he was awarded the soloist diploma. He has since worked with great musical personalities such as Georgy Sebok, Alexis Weissenberg, Alicia de Larocha, and Leon Fleisher at the prestigious International Foundation of Lake Como. He has played with the Paris Opera Orchestra, Orchester Colonne, and the Auvergne Chamber Orchestra under the batons of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Arie Van Beek, Stéphane Cardon, Jean-François Verdier, and Benjamin Levy. He Il participe à différentes émissions de radio et télévision sur France Télévision, BBC, TV Polonia, Radio Classique, France Musique, Bayerischer Rundfunk, …participated in radio and television programs in England (BBC), France, Germany, and Poland. He has made a point of concentrating on the music of Karol Szymanowski.


Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm
North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium

Pianist: Kamil Pacholec was born on November 11, 1998, in Kielce, Poland, where he studied with Małgorzata Kowalska at the Ludomir Różycki Music High School. He burst upon the Polish and international piano scene in 2016 as the only high school student and eventual first-place winner in the Fryderyk Chopin 47 National Piano Competition (Katowice). In the same competition he was awarded special prizes for the best Fryderyk Chopin solo interpretation and the best piano concerto performance. He had previously received prizes in Kosice (Czech Republic), Görlitz/Zgorzelec (Germany and Poland), and the Cesar Franck Competition in Kraainem (Belgium). In the summer of 2017 he played five recitals in the Texas Piano Summer (Fort Worth), and recitals in Nohant and Paris, and as featured soloist at Żelazowa Wola and Duszniki Zdrój in Poland. He began his conservatory studies at the Karol Szymanowski Academy in Katowice this fall.


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