Pianist Douglas Finch - Fantastical Borrowings

Canadian pianist, Douglas Finch sitting at his pianoCanadian pianist, Douglas Finch is known for his classical improvizations
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 19:30
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm

Douglas Finch, piano    Fantastical Borrowings

Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall, 400 University Ave.

Tickets: Adults $20; Students (with ID) $5

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Douglas Finch is a Canadian pianist and composer, known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert.
He was born in Winnipeg, and had his initial musical training with his mother and later Winnifred Sim and Jean Broadfoot. He continued at the University of Western Ontario with William Aide and then at Juilliard, NY, with Beveridge Webster. After winning a Silver Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels in 1978, he began to perform extensively throughout Canada, as well as devoting much of his time to composition, with a number of his works being broadcast on CBC Radio. He settled in London, UK, in 1993 and soon afterwards co-founded The Continuum Ensemble with conductor Philip Headlam, premiering over 40 new works and recording for Avie and NMC. He has been artistic director of several acclaimed events in London, including 'In the MOMENT', a festival of dance and music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2009, that featured over 350 performers.
Douglas Finch is known for helping to revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert. He has given numerous improvisation workshops around the world, organized major improvisation festivals and collaborated with other artists as wide-ranging in style as Brecht singer Dagmar Krause, organist Naji Hakim, experimental drummer Eddie Prevost and jazz saxophonist Martin Speake, with whom he recently recorded a CD of improvisations: 'Sound Clouds' (available on the Pumpkin Records label).
As a composer, he has written works for piano, chamber ensemble, orchestra and theatre as well as the soundtracks for five feature-length films by British director Jon Sanders, one of which - Late September (2009) - features him as a pianist/character in the film.
Douglas Finch is Professor of Piano and Composition at Trinity Laban, and a regular guest teacher at Chetham’s School of Music, Chetham’s International Piano Summer School, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Richard Causton - Non mi comporto male (1993)
John Burge - from 24 Preludes (2015)  
                 no. 13 in F-Sharp Major [One-Note Ostinato]
                 no. 14 in E-flat Minor (arranged/improvised by D.Finch)
                 no. 15 in D-Flat Major [Polytonality]
Rodney Sharman - Opera Transcription - Tristan und Isolde (2013)
Douglas Finch - Improvised Prelude
Charles Ives - Hawthorne from the Concord Sonata (1911-12)
Douglas Finch - Preludes and Afterthoughts - Fantasy-Transcriptions on Chopin’s Preludes op. 28 (2009-11)
Chopin - 4th Ballade (1842)

Reviews of Douglas Finch’s music:

"Finch’s vivid imagination, thoughtfulness, and adept pianism radiate from every page of the score." - Everett Hopfner on 'Preludes and Afterthoughts - Fantasy-transcriptions on Chopin's Preludes op. 28'
"If one is to generalise about the range of Finch’s music, one might observe a simultaneous attraction to the harsh, austere and irascible, and also the possibilities of finding forms of musical expression exhibiting empathy and compassion whilst maintaining a pared-down language so as to avoid lapsing into sentimental clichés." - Ian Pace


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