The Macao Orchestra (OM, from the Portuguese acronym), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, will present the concert “Piano Giant” on Saturday, 20 January, at 8pm, at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium. Under the baton of Music Director Lu Jia, the Macao Orchestra will join hands with Stefan Vladar, a celebrated pianist specialized in the interpretation of Beethoven’s masterpieces, to present a piano concerto by Beethoven. In addition, the IC specially organizes the “Piano Master Class with Stefan Vladar” on Friday, 19 January, at the School of Music of the Macao Conservatory, where the master will coach and exchange views with the participants in person. Registration for observers in Master Class is open until 17 January. All music aficionados are welcome to participate.
The renowned Austrian pianist Stefan Vladar won the first prize of the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1985, marking the youngest winner in the history of the Competition. He has frequently performed in concert halls throughout Europe, America and Asia. Vladar has joined the Vienna Chamber Orchestra as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director since 2008, going on tours with the Orchestra in Austria as well as many other countries around the world. On his first visit to Macao, Vladar, who is currently a piano professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, will present a magnificent interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, one of the signature pieces in his repertoire, as well as Brahms’ Overture to Academic Festival and Bruckner’s Study Symphony, offering an extraordinary music feast for the music aficionados.
Tickets for the concert “Piano Giant”, part of the Shining Virtuosos series, are now available at the Macau Ticketing Network and are priced at MOP250, MOP200 and MOP150. Holders of a BOC Credit Card or a BOC Card may enjoy an exclusive discount of 30% on ticket purchase. Ticketing hotlines: 2855 5555. Ticketing website: www.macauticket.com.
Those interested in observing at the “Piano Master Class with Stefan Vladar” can register by phone through tel. no. 2853 0782 by 17 January during office hours, and fee for observers is MOP40. Successful applicants will be notified individually. For details and enquiries about the programme and the master class, please visit the Macao Orchestra’s website at www.icm.gov.mo/om.