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Dear friends! It is with great anticipation and enthusiasm that we present to you our new season of outstanding concerts performed by sensational musicians from around the world.
Our 2008-2009 season will feature artists from Italy, Serbia and Montenegro, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and Canada. As always, we are committed to offering our concert series at an affordable price for all to enjoy. In appreciation of audience members purchasing a seasonal ticket package, we include one free concert ticket.

Join us in this wonderful feast of

splendid music and superb performances!

Eugene Skovorodnikov - Artistic Director

Pacific Piano Competition presents

Eugene Skovorodnikov in Recital
Saturday, February 28, 2009, 8 pm
Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Music by Scarlatti, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich


Richmond-based Eugene Skovorodnikov (Russia/Canada) has performed in many famous concert halls in Russia, Canada, Italy, China and Israel as a solo pianist, chamber musician as well as with symphony orchestras. He has been a juror in many international piano competitions and has given Master Classes both in Canada and internationally. Since 1991, he has been a member of the Piano Faculty of the University of BC. Audiences throughout Europe, Canada, the US, Asia and the former Soviet Union recognize Skovorodnikov for his stylistic interpretation and his technical brilliance.
"Extraordinary performance... represented all the impressive characteristics of the Grand School ... incomparable elegance and enchanting power..." Il Ponte , Italy
"...this level of artistic quality has been rarely heard in the past few musical seasons in Rome ..." Musica e Scuola, Italy
This is a benefit concert for the bi-annual International Piano Competition for pianists aged 17 to 28 in February 2011.
Tickets: $20

Gateway Theatre Box Office
Mon to Fri: 12 to 6 pm
Info: 604.247.4972 or

Joanna Trzeciak, piano (Poland/Belgium)

Encore Concert Series
Friday, March 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
 Music by Chopin & Rachmaninov
 Tickets: $10
Info: 604-270-1812 or


Richmond Lecture Recital Series
Friday, March 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm

 Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
 “Proud Polonaises” Music by Chopin
 Tickets: $10
Info: 604-241-2434 or

Joanna Trzeciak , piano

 Joanna Trzeciak was born in Cracow, where she started her musical education when she was 7 years old.
After studying in her native city under the direction of prof. Zbigniew Drzewiecki, she obtained her diploma at the Warsaw Conservatoire under prof. Jan Ekier. During her studies she won a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation. In 1978 she was selected by the Polish Ministry of Culture to specialize further at Moscow Conservatoire under prof. Lev Vlasenko. In 1980 she won the Festival of Polish Pianists in Slupsk.

After that, she embarked on an international career. In 1987 she made her entry in the “South Bank” in London. In 1988 she commenced her first series of concerts in the United States. She would then return to the USA on a regular basis, not only for concerts, but also to give master classes at the State University of Arizona. Her favorite subject here consisted of complete piano works by Szymanowski.

In addition, she appeared in nearly all-European countries, Canada, Argentina, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Israel. She was invited as soloist by many orchestra, such as: Orchestra Philharmonic in Antwerp, Liège, Maastricht, Baden-Baden, Philharmonic Orchestra’s in Poland, in Skopje, Beethoven Academia, United Europe Chamber Orchestra in Milan, Milano Classica, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Deutsche Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Festival Oencoreconcertsrchestre in Echternach, Virtousi di Praga. She gave recitals at major international festivals, including the Echternach Festival, the Flanders Festival, the Festival of Ljubljana, Maggio di Napoli, Festivals in Feldkirch, Les Floraisons Musicales, Nancyphonie, Sounding Jerusalem, Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Kleve, Girona, Toledo, Alghero, Gressoney, Bodensee, Osor, Korcula, Rovinj Antonin, Torun, Busko.

During the last seasons she was performing in Auditorium Verdi in Milano, Rudolfinum in Prague, the Palacio Bolsa in Porto, Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome, De Singel in Antwerp, Manasterly Palace in Cairo, Yamaha Hall and Steinway Hall in New York, Philharmonic Hall’s in Baku and Belgrade.
In chamber music she performed with Phillippe Hirshhorn, Lola Bobesco, Anatoli Krastev, Jadwiga Gadulanka, Panocha Quartet.

After recording LP’s in Poland, Germany and Belgium, her first CD appeared in 1990 under the Pavane label with music by Szymanowski. A new edition followed in 1993 with the first Sonata and 4 Rondo’s by Chopin.
During the last few years Joanna Trzeciak discovered the music of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. As result she has recorded 2 CD’s with the “World first recording” program. She received very enthusiastic international reviews.
In December 2006 she recorded the recital for KNS Classical with Chopin’s 5 Polonaises and Rachmaninov’s 5 Etudes-tableaux op.39.

Gerlinde Otto, piano (Germany)

Richmond Lecture Recital Series
Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm

 Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
 “Souvenier from Vienna” Music by Mozart, Schubert
 Tickets: $10
Info: 604-241-2434 or


Encore Concert Series
 Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm

 Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
 Music by Scarlatti, Mozart, Schubert
 Tickets: $10
Info: 604-270-1812 or

Gerlinde OTTO, piano

Gerlinde Otto was born in Halle/Saale and she got the first musical instructions when she was five years old. Her education for piano took place at the special music high school in Halle. Then she studied with Heinz Vogler, Lidia Kozubek and Rolf-Dieter Arens at the colleges of music in Leipzig, Warsaw (Poland) and Weimar. A lot of inspiration came from the teaching and influence of Paul Badura Skoda. Gerlinde Otto has been teaching piano at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Weimar since completing her studies there and in 1992 she received her professorship. Today she has a class of students from all over the world, many of them winners of international competitions.encoreconcerts Young piano students are looking for her inspiring and careful teaching as well as for her extraordinary facility to solve problems of piano technique and body movement awareness. She gives masterclasses in many countries like Norway, Romania, Turkey, Korea, China and Italy.
During her school time Gerlinde Otto has received  several prizes of competitions for young musicians like First prize at the National Competition in GDR and in 1980 she was the participant of the final round of the International Johann-Sebastian-Bach Competition. Concert tours led her to Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, Finland, France, Switzerland, Austria, the former Soviet Union and China.
Gerlinde Otto took part in productions for radio and television and CDs, for example the documentary of „The History of the Piano“, which was made by the broadcasting company in Austria. Next to her extensive work as a solist Gerlinde Otto is in demand as accompanist and chamber musician.
Gerlinde Otto has been a juror of national and international competitions.

Duo Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, piano (Canada)  

Richmond Lecture Recital Series
Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm

 Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
 Music by Schumann, Dvorak, Rachmaninov
 Tickets: $10
Info: 604-241-2434 or

Duo Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, piano

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann have been performing together as a duo since 1989. They studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Université de Montréal.
The duo received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of The 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.
In 1993 they became members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. The duo has appeared at the celebrated Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the International Two Piano Symposium and Schubertiade, Miami, the Tage für neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium and at the EXPO 2000, Hannover. The duo has appeared with several North American orchestras such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Cantiencoreconcertscum Novum of Santa Fe.
They have made recordings for the CBC, for several stations of the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio in the USA. The duo has made several CDs, which appear on the CordAria and Arktos labels and has recorded  William Bolcom’s complete works for two pianos for Naxos. As founding members of the International Piano Quartet they had the opportunity to record Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the direction of Robert Craft at the Abbey Road Studios in London. The CD first appeared on Koch International Classics and has been re-released on Naxos.
Currently on faculty at The Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary, Elizabeth and Marcel have also been involved in various musical activities at The Banff Centre for the Arts and in 2004/2005, served as Artistic Directors of The Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami. They are members of the Calgary based group Land’s End Chamber Ensemble , recipients of the 2005  and 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Classical Recording.  Committed to supporting the production of new Canadian repertoire, the duo has commissioned and premiered several works by Canadian composers such as Allan Gordon Bell and John Abram. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes numerous own arrangements and compositions.

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