Welcome return of pianist Philipp Richardsen

Friends of Music (FOM) presents Philipp Richardsen in recital on Tuesday, 4 June 2019, at 19h30. Mr Richardsen’s return to the Durban music scene is particularly welcome in the light of his sensational 2017 FOM debut.


Items to be heard in his wide-ranging programme on Tuesday will include: Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/49; Colonial Song by Percy Grainger; Sergei Lyapunov’s Etudes d'exécution transcendante, Op. 11; Edvard Grieg’s Suite "From Holberg's Time", Op. 40; Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged for piano solo by Mikhail Pletnev; and Schubert’s hugely popular Impromptu op. 90, no. 4 in A flat major.


Viennese-born Richardsen, an internationally lauded pianist of Norwegian descent, was born into a family of medical doctors. He received his  first piano lessons at the age of five. His formal music education includes studying at  the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna  and  the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduation with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, he settled in South Korea, where he has been living since 2007. He has also received formal training in law at the University of Vienna  and in non-profit management at Harvard University. Richardsen, who is fluent in seven languages, including Korean, has been serving on the faculty of the music college at Mokwon University in Daejeon, South Korea, since 2008.  Since 2015, he has been hosting The Classical Collection, a weekly radio show airing on the TBS Network, Korea. 


FOM recitals are held at Durban Jewish Centre – 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road.  Tickets are R100 (members), R120 (non-members) Available at the door. Safe parking is provided.


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