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Nassau Music Society presents an evening of piano featuring Sophie Pacini
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:36
The Nassau Music Society, in association with the Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Ltd. presents an evening of piano featuring Sophie Pacini at St. Andrew's Kirk.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Nassau Music Society, in association with the Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Ltd. presents an evening of piano featuring Sophie Pacini at St. Andrew's Kirk. This special concert features the 2011 winner of the Prix Groupe Edmond de Rothschild at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland. The concert is under the patronage of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General of The Bahamas. Sophie's programme in The Bahamas will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin et Schumann.

Born in 1991, Sophie Pacini started piano at the age of ten at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where she joined the Institute for Highly Talented Musicians in 2004. As demanding and fruitful the Salzburg studies were from the very start, there was more to them – positive as well as negative aspects: “I entered a world, I still dislike today. There was drill, permanent pressure and many parents were always present...”. However: This pressure strengthened Sophie, it made her recognize what she wanted and what she did not want. She learned to assert herself.

In 2007, she continued her studies with master Pavel Gililov at the age of 15 where she encountered an entirely different world: she learned how to deal with music profoundly, to search for what was hidden behind the scores. She discovered that no instrumentalist, however virtuous, technically perfect he might be, could become a truly great musician. “I want to be an interpreter and not a key-buffoon”.
She has won numerous national and international competitions, including the Young Musicians Award in 2002 and 2005, and the Grotrian-Steinweg competition in Braunschweig in 2006. She was recently the youngest candidate to win the Austrian universities’ Great Scholarship Prize, founded by Hildegard Maschmann and endowed with 12,000 euros, as well as the Huebel Scholarship Prize of the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. In early 2011 she gave a recital at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and won the Edmond de Rothschild Group Award, which enabled her to record a CD of her performance.

These prizes have led to several major engagements, including the Deutschlandberger Klavierfrühling and the Lockenhaus Festival with Gidon Kremer. They have also led to concerts with orchestras in Warsaw, Pisa, Poznan ́ and at the Tiroler Festspiele, where she played Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Chopin’s First Piano Concerto and Schumann’s Piano Concerto. She had previously toured Germany with the Bonn Classical Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Mozart’s Concerto K595. She was soloist at the Mozarteum in Bernstein’s Second Symphony conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.

Sophie Pacini has played in all the most famous German concert halls: Die Glocke in Bremen, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart and the Herkulessaal in Munich, as well as the Konzerthaus at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. In 2010, she gave recitals in the Gasteig – Cultural Centre – in Munich (at the Chopin Festival), in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Vienna (in the Lockenhaus and the Beethoven Festival 2010) and in Dresden.

Get your tickets now as seating is limited. Box Offices: A.D. Hanna & Co. Deveaux Street, Tel: 322-8306; Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay, Tel: 394-7040; Custom Computers, Cable Beach, Tel: 396-1100; Moir & Co. Lyford Cay, Tel: 362-4895 or online.

Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm
St Andrew's Kirk
Shirley & Princess Sts.

Click HERE for the Nassau Music Society website to reserve tickets today.

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