It is a rather rare occurrence when one comes across the words “performer” and “academic” used to describe a single person. Adding another description of “virtuoso” contradicts the blend even more; virtuosos are rarely academics and vice versa, because there are seemingly too few hours in a day to be able to be both. Unless one is like Professor Kenneth Hamilton.
Hailed as a ‘formidable virtuoso’ in the national newspaper by Pianomaniac (possibly Singapore’s authority on all things piano), Prof. Hamilton returns to Singapore once again, bringing with him yet another work to premiere – Alkan’s virtually impossible Concerto for Solo Piano Op. 39 – this time in celebration of the French virtuoso’s bicentenary.
He has also written numerous books, the most recent being After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance (2008), a witty, informative and entertaining book which looks into pianism and the transition from the spontaneous, almost rowdy concert atmospheres in the nineteenth century to the austere, ‘funeral-like’ concert traditions of later years.
Other works presented are Chopin’s Sonata nr. 2 in B-flat minor and Liszt’s dazzling transcription of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture.
Don’t miss this concert of Romantic Masterpieces, happening at the Esplanade Recital Studio at 1930hrs on the 7th of April! Tickets are priced at $32 and available from Sistic. Concessions available at $22 for students.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Prof. Hamilton!
This concert is presented by Cardiff University.