Performers uniting to showcase Chopin this Sunday
Although Pawel Skrzypek and the Del Sol String Quartet speak different languages, they have no trouble communicating.
Skrzypek is from Poland, and the Del Sol String Quartet members are from San Francisco. But they are united in their universal appreciation for Frederic Chopin’s music.
The Polish musician and quartet will present an all-Chopin concert benefit Sunday in Grass Valley.
Skrzypek will play four Chopin ballads and then be joined by the string quartet for “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor,” in Chopin’s chamber version.
Skrzypek’s honors include first prize at the Chopin Competition in London; a first-place tie in the Dudley National Piano Competition in Birmingham, England; and the “Worshipful Company of Musicians of London” silver award.
The Del Sol String Quartet was founded in 1992 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and then did a residency at San Francisco State University. Other residencies include the Steamboat Springs and Bravo festivals in Colorado and the Mendocino Music Festival.
Sunday’s benefit is presented by and for the Gold Country Piano Institute. Money raised will go to the institute’s scholarship fund to support a participant at the third annual Course in Interpretation workshop in late April in Nevada City.
Tuition for the two-week workshop is $1,500. Skrzypek and professor Lee Kum-Sing of the University of British Columbia will be master teachers.
The nonprofit Gold Country Piano Institute was founded three years ago in Nevada City to provide instruction in classical piano for students at all levels. Skrzypek, who began performing in Nevada County in 1990, founded the institute.
Now artistic director of the institute, Skrzypek also directs piano studies at the Frederic Chopin State School of Music in Warsaw, Poland.
Eleven students between ages 13 and 61 attended the institute’s two-week workshop last year. Nine students were from Poland, New Jersey and the Bay Area; two, Carol Zebrowski and Jennifer Fowler, were from Nevada City.
KNOW AND GO:
WHAT: All-Chopin concert benefit for Gold Country Piano Institute
WHEN: Sunday at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborn Hill Road
ADMISSION: $25 adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets at The Book Seller, Harmony Books, Odyssey Books, Record Connection, Mailboxes, Etc. and at the door
INFORMATION: 265-8648 or http://www.gcpiano.org
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