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Pianist Frederic Chiu to perform in RIC recital, March 4


Frederic Chiu
A performance by Frederic Chiu is inspired by the virtuoso’s uniquely diverse experiences and interests – his Asian/American/European background, musical training and his exploration of human psychology, especially the body-mind-heart connection.

The classical pianist makes his Rhode Island College debut in a Performing Arts Series presentation on Sunday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The performance will feature one of his latest recordings, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt, as well as works by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev. (Full program)

Chiu, who received the Petscheck Award of the Juilliard School and was a fellow of the American Pianist Association, has toured Europe and the U.S. with Orchestre de Bretagne and Stefan Sanderling, and played with numerous symphonies and orchestras throughout the world.

With over 20 CDs to his credit, Chiu’s discography includes popular classics and lesser-known masterpieces, many of which have earned honors such as Record of the Year by Stereo Review.

Dedicated to his craft in ways beyond performing, Chiu leads Deeper Piano Studies, an innovative workshop devoted to bringing together pianists from around the world to study aspects of piano playing usually left unexplored. He also works to expand the world of classical music by forming unconventional collaborations with performers such as Shakespearean actor Brian Bedford and hip-hop artist Socalled.

Tickets for Frederic Chiu are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at www.ric.edu/pfa; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.