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Sunday 24 September 2017

Renowned Russian pianist 'very excited' to finally play Dublin this weekend

Boris Berezovsky
Boris Berezovsky

Gavin White

After a serious of natural disasters which prevented one of Russia’s finest pianists coming to Ireland, the National Concert Hall plays host to Boris Berezovsky this weekend who said he will be playing an “autumnal beautiful” set.

Mr Berezovsky told the Irish Independent  he is “very excited” to play in Dublin on Sunday after the Volcanic eruption in Iceland six years ago and forest fires in France prevented him coming to the Emerald Isle before.

The concert is in aid of ChildVision, the National Centre for the Blind & Multi-disabled children who, for over 150 years who provide therapeutic care and residential services for children.

“I was very disappointed six years ago when the volcanic ash from Iceland stopped my flight from going to Ireland.

“Then earlier this year I was supposed to come back for the National Concert Hall but forest fires prevented me from getting to the country again which was hugely disappointing,” he said.

Due to the delay in the performance this year from summer to mid September, the piano legend said the set will set the change in season.

“If I was to play in summer I would have been opting for a more summery bright set of music but with the change to the Autumn I think it will more melancholic and a little darker,” he said.

Although he “loves the Irish people” he said his favourite place to play in the world is always Japan, as he said they are the most pleasant audience.

“The Irish are a bit more wild but I hope when I play this weekend there will be huge applause and appreciation from the crowd,” he said.

Born in Moscow in 1969, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with legendary Alexander Satz.

He made a stunning debut in London in 1988 at the Wigmore Hall and in 1990 won the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

In 1991 Berezovsky made his American debut at Fort Worth in Texas and in France at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.

Recent highlights include recitals at Carnegie Hall in New-York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Moscow Conservatory, Bratislava Festival.

He also tours with St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov, Philharmonia Orchestra.

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