"Poet of the Piano" was a recital constructed by 16 year old Polish Australian Olivia Urbaniak from Sydney. The recital was given twice. The first in Canberra on 7 June 2014 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, and the second on the 23 August 2014 at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney.
A rising star and 2014 Young Steinway Artist Olivia performed an ambitious program of masterpieces that were technically and emotionally demanding. Mazurka in F# minor (op. 59, no.3), Ballade no. 2 in F Major (op. 38), Nocturne in D flat major (op. 27, no. 2) and Scherzo no. 3 in C# minor (op. 39). The second half of the program included the entire Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor (op. 39), with its four disparate movements. For an encore she performed Ravel’s Rondine.
At the commencement of each half of the program, Olivia read excerpts from her fictionalised letters between Chopin and Sand, which gave a personal insight into her view of Chopin as storyteller and creative genius. These added to the uniqueness of the evening and showed off her writing talents.
Proceeds of her two concerts went to funding the 2nd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition, 2014, Canberra.
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