One of the world’s most-loved virtuoso pianists David Helfgott will present a dazzling solo recital of iconic romantic works for his only Melbourne appearance on Friday 17 May at Hawthorn Art Centre.
Known internationally as one of the most instantly recognisable classical music artists, his remarkable life was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in an Oscar-winning performance in the film Shine (1996).
David was born in Melbourne and has continued to astonish audiences all over the world. His recitals are much more than music performances – they are experiences evoking compassion and imagination, affirming the power of the human spirit.
For one night only, David is set to captivate audiences in his highly anticipated return to the grand Hawthorn Arts Centre stage. His program will feature Mussorgsky’s Russian masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition – a musical stroll through an imagined art gallery of great Russian paintings including the famous Great Gate Of Kiev – and world famous pieces by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov, music that has always been unequivocally linked with David throughout his whole career.
David’s recordings, particularly of the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto, have topped both the classical music and pop music charts in Australia, UK and USA as he continues to tour extensively to an ever-growing audience. After a busy 2018 performing in Geneva, Paris, Istanbul and London, David continues to astonish audiences all over the world. With sold out performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Golden Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, this is a rare opportunity to witness an extraordinary talent as he takes over the historic Hawthorn Arts Centre.
The Hawthorn Arts Centre presents an exciting and varied arts program and is home to performance, exhibition, workshop and events spaces. Visitors can enjoy refreshments at the Events Bar or explore Hawthorn and discover the area’s culinary delights.
“Helfgott is, without a doubt, a living symbol of the power of human love and resilience” – Limelight Magazine
“…fingers are as nimble as ever, the pauses exact and the interpretation magnificent.”- Arts Hub on David’s last recital at Hawthorn Arts Centre