Pianist Frederic Chiu makes his Rockport debut with the powerful “war” sonata No. 7 of Prokofiev. The program continues with cellist Andres Diaz in Tan Dun’s Elegy: Snow in June, based on a 13th century Chinese drama, about a woman executed for crimes, despite her innocence. Even nature cried out for her innocence with a heavy snowfall in June.  The concert concludes with selected movements from Messiaen’s Quartet from the End of Time, written while a prisoner in a World War II camp. 

PROGRAM

J.S. BACH (arr. Chiu): “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from St. Mathew Passion, BWV 244
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83
OLIVIER MESSIAEN: “Abyss of the birds” from Quartet for the End of Time
TAN DUN: Elegy: Snow in June
MESSIAEN: “Praise to the eternity of Jesus” from Quartet for the End of Time

FREDERIC CHIU, piano
Frederic Chiu’s intriguing piano-playing and teaching springs from a diverse set of experiences and interests: his Asian/American/European background, his musical training, and an early and ongoing exploration of artificial intelligence and human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection. With over 25 recordings, his repertoire includes the complete work of Prokofiev as well as popular classics of Chopin, Liszt and others. He has received recognition as “Record of the Year” by Stereo Review, “Top 10 recordings” by the New Yorker, with rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. His most recent recordings demonstrate his wide range: Beethoven/Liszt Symphony V, Carnival of the Animals with David Gonzalez, and Hymns and Dervishes

Frederic Chiu has toured Europe and the US with the Orchestre de Bretagne and Stefan Sanderling, as well as performing as a soloist with the world’s major symphonies. He has collaborated with Joshua Bell, Gary Hoffman, among others, as well as the St. Lawrence and Shanghai string quartets.  He was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award of the Juilliard School, and was a fellow of the American Pianist Association. Additionally, he was the “non-winner” of the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where his elimination from the finals caused an uproar in the press.

Mr. Chiu enjoys spending his free time divided between writing, painting and cooking. He also co-directs artistic activities at Beechwood Arts, a non-profit in Connecticut, working at the intersection of Arts, Innovation and Inspiration.