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“Mysterious pianist” Henri Varda returns to Suntory Hall!

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“Mysterious pianist” Henri Varda returns to Suntory Hall!
The amazing pianist, now 83 years old, will set foot on Japanese soil once again. Complete all-Chopin program
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Henri Varda will be coming to Japan again this year. Although he received praise from pianists of his generation, very few people actually heard him perform… Due to such rumors, Barda was nicknamed the “mysterious pianist” in France, and he turned 83 this year. Musician’s Musician – This is what we call musicians who are the envy of their peers, and even here in Japan there are many pianists who have been captivated by Barda’s charm. There is no end to the pianists who studied with him in Paris, such as Junichi Ito, who rose to prominence at the last Chopin Competition, and the number of pianists who come to Japan to visit him. The day is approaching when pianists can once again hear the sound they long for.
[Image: https://prtimes.jp/i/130986/5/resize/d130986-5-d99a16e6ac47385e7dc4-0.jpg&s3=130986-5-acef273a9873d76d07c672bbe57033f5-3900×2590.jpg] Barda, of French Jewish descent, was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1941. At the age of 16, he moved to Paris and then to New York to study at the Juilliard School. Barda, who has the culture of three continents in her body, first came to Japan in 1981. He performed Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, Barda has continued to perform on large stages such as Suntory Hall and Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, but the impetus for this was the all-Chopin program held at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall in December 2019. Varda’s Chopin resonated with the audience, which filled the well over 2,000 seats, in a very personal way. It’s an intimacy that creates 2,000 1:1 audio conversations, not 1:2000. The constant ringing of the curtain call and the long line for autograph sessions that continued past closing time are remembered as the success of that evening’s concert. By the way, the photos in the article were taken on that night and were taken by the late Kiyotane Hayashi, a top photographer in the Japanese classical music world.
The next performance in Japan will be in the summer of 2021. Barda has arrived in Tokyo during the coronavirus pandemic. To be safe, he celebrated his 80th birthday while spending two weeks in isolation in an apartment in Tokyo. It was prepared by a fellow piano player). It is no exaggeration to say that Rachmaninoff’s No. 3, which he performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall, was a historical masterpiece, and it is extremely rare for a performer to have such a strong presence in Tokyo at a time when the world was cut off. There were few.
And this summer, Barda will appear at Suntory Hall again. How will Varda, who has come to Japan with an all-Chopin program for the first time in five years, speak to the audience now? If he shows a smile that is a combination of charm and innocence at the curtain call, that day’s concert will be unforgettable for those who attended. My expectations are endless.
20th Imagine Tanabata Concert
Henri Varda Piano Recital
Sunday, July 7, 2024 14:00 start (doors open at 13:30)
Suntory Hall Large Hall
All Chopin program
Fantasy in F minor Op.49
Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major Op.29
Boat Song in F major Op.60
Piano Sonata No. 2 “Funeral” in B flat minor Op.35
Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op.23
Nocturne No. 3 in B major Op.9-3
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op.58
*Live recording included
ticket:
S seat ¥7,000 A seat ¥5,000 B seat ¥3,000
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