Pianist to perform recital in Westport Arts Center series
Updated 1:12 pm, Thursday, February 9, 2012
The performance is planned at 3 p.m. at the Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave., Southport.
Fialkowska's program will include pieces by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt, the arts center said in a news release.
The Montreal-born pianist lives in nearby Georgetown, and this year will be playing concerts on both sides of the Atlantic. She has recorded more than 15 CDs, including nine solo albums.
"She has been acclaimed across Europe and North America for her elegant and poetic style," Russell Platt, the arts center's chamber music curator said in a news release. "She is a musician of grace and insight, and her program follows in the great tradition of her mentor, Arthur Rubinstein."
The 60-year-old artist has had a long career. The Montreal newspaper La Presse in 2009 said: "Fialkowska has become an artist of rare distinction as well as retaining all the virtuosity of her youth." Celebrated for her interpretations of the classical and romantic repertoire, she is particularly distinguished as one of the great interpreters of the piano works of Chopin and Mozart.
Born to a Canadian mother and a Polish father, Fialkowska started to study the piano with her mother at age five, and later entered the Juilliard School of Music. In 1974, her career was launched by Rubinstein after her prize-winning performance at his inaugural Master Piano Competition in Israel.
She has performed with North American orchestras, as well as with the principal Canadian orchestras, according to the arts center's news release. In touring Europe and Asia, Fialkowska has appeared as guest artist with orchestras in Amsterdam, London, Warsaw and Hong Kong.
In 2002, Fialkowska's career was halted by the discovery of a tumor in her left arm. After successful surgery to remove the cancer, she performed the Ravel and Prokofiev "concertos for the left hand," which she transcribed for her right hand, according to the release. She resumed her two-handed career beginning with a recital in Germany in 2004.
Tickets are $25, $10 for college students. Westport Arts Center members get a 10 percent discount.