Pianist Frederic Chiu Returns to the UVM Lane Series
A favorite of the UVM Lane Series, Frederic Chiu returns to the UVM Recital Hall on Friday, March 9th, at 7:30pm. The concert will be preceded by a pre-performance talk at 6:30pm.
Chiu’s program, “Classical Smackdown,” was inspired by recent pieces in the New York Times and on NPR, in which readers and listeners were asked to name their favorite classical composers. Chiu’s program features iconic works of Debussy and Prokofiev. After the performance, audience members will be invited to leave a ballot indicating their favorite, and the results will be tallied and published on Chiu’s website.
A recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Fellow of the American Pianist Association, he has performed with notable orchestras and in prestigious concert halls around the world. Chiu has also relased several recordings.
Deeper Piano Studies, Frederic Chiu’s innovative workshop program, brings together pianists from around the world to study aspects of piano playing usually left uncovered. Articles in Piano Today and the New York Times have featured his original approach to learning and performing that draws on ancient traditions of philosophy and meditation combined with the most recent discoveries in psychology and acoustic sciences, using non-traditional techniques such as cooking and learning without using the instrument. Frederic Chiu has been invited to many prestigious music schools and conservatories to present his DPS program, including the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Mannes College, The Banff Centre, Cornell University and Indiana University’s Jacob Music School. He has been guest artist at many state and national Teachers’ Conferences.
Tickets are $25 for adults/$20 for students and may be purchased through the Flynn box office, (802) 86-FLYNN or www.flynncenter.org. The concert is generously sponsored by The Lane Series Piano Consortium and by WCVT 101.7 FM.
Chiu's repertoire includes the complete work of Prokofiev as well as popular classics of Chopin, Liszt and others, and lesser known masterpieces of Mendelssohn and Rossini, with a special place for the piano transcription.
Frederic Chiu is also committed to expanding the place of classical music. He has created unusual collaborations with personalities outside the world of Classical music, such as the Shakespearean actor Brian Bedford and psychologist/writer/clown Howard Buten. He worked with the hip-hop artist Socalled in the Messiaen Remix project. He does extensive work with children through concert/lectures for schools, and has brought classical music to places where it is rarely heard.
Chiu’s performance was exemplary, properly flamboyant in moments and introspective in total.
Peter Jacobi, HeraldTimes, Bloomington, IL
This man plays the piano marvelously. He dispenses with fanfare. He even dispenses with the traditional piano bench.
And he speaks about music as eloquently as he plays it.