Shine icon David Helfgott has announced an Australian farewell tour this July

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Shine icon David Helfgott has announced an Australian farewell tour this July

Words by Staff Writer

David Helfgott returns to our major concert halls playing the Rach III in its version for two pianos to bid a fond farewell to his legions of loyal fans.

“I’m incredibly privileged to tour David on his farewell tour so he has an opportunity to see his fans once more”, says Andrew Kay AM (Promoter). David will perform his favourite solo piano works of Chopin and Liszt as well as Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto in its version for two pianos.

David shares with his legion of loyal Australian fans, some of his music so iconically connected with his amazing life of personal challenge and enormous success, always defined by his determination to find joy in every moment.

David Helfgott Australian tour

  • Melbourne Recital Centre – Thursday 4 July – 7.00pm. Booking link
  • Perth Concert Hall – Sunday 7 July – 2.00pm. Booking link
  • QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane – Sunday 28 July – 2.00pm. Booking link
  • City Recital Hall, Sydney – Sunday 4 August – 2.00pm. Booking link
  • Adelaide Town Hall. Solo performance – Sunday 11 August – 2.00pm. Booking link

David Helfgott Concert Program

  • Chopin Ballade No 1 In G Minor
  • Chopin Ballade No 4 In F Minor
  • Liszt Ballade No 2 In B Minor
  • Mendelssohn Rondo Cappricioso
  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor, Op. 30; Version For Two Pianos

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From an early age, David Helfgott, showed extraordinary pianistic ability and at 19, went to London to study at the Royal College Of Music  where he was described as its most brilliant student in 25 years.

Today he is one of the most internationally recognisable classical music artists through the amazing success of the Academy Award winning film, Shine, which celebrates his inspiring life.

In 2004 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor Of Music from Edith Cowan University in Perth.  The doctorate is a source of enormous pride to David, made particularly important since illness prevented him from completing his degree in London three decades earlier.

His recordings, particularly of the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto, have topped both the classical music and pop music charts in Australia,  the UK and the USA and he has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and in Europe, playing to an ever-growing audience, particularly in such countries as Turkey, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and in the UK.

His collaboration with British pianist, Rhodri Clarke, in the version for two-pianos, of the Rachmaninov concerto, has seen the duo appear together in concerts in Geneva, at Vienna’s Musikverein, La Seine Musicale in Paris and at Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Barbican Hall and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

An extraordinary artist who receives worldwide recognition, David’s success comes as no surprise to his devoted admirers everywhere who have long  regarded his playing as transcending mere music-making, and as an affirmation of the tenacity of the human spirit and imagination.

Joining David on stage to perform the exquisite and complex Rach III is international acclaimed pianist, Rhodri Clarke, who graduated with first-class honours from London’s Royal College of Music. For over fifteen years, Rhodri has been touring worldwide playing in prestigious venues such as  London’s Royal Festival Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

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