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Autumn works I Vicky Chow & Reinis Zarins I vaccinated, recovered

On Saturday 18 September 2021, two brilliant pianists – Vicky Chow from the United States of America and a multiple winner of the Big Music Award Reinis Zarins from Riga – will give a double piano concert “Autumn works” at the concert hall “Latvia” in Ventspils.

Reinis Zariņš is one of Latvia's most remarkable talents, master of deep-thought interpretations, bright soloist and skilled chamber music performer and author of conceptual cross-art projects as well. Zariņš has participated in many prestigious festivals, has won in the international pianist contests, has played in the world's best concert halls. Pianist's concerts have been broadcasted on “BBC Radio 3”, Polish State Radio and “King FM”.

“Brahms and Glass – this unprecedented twinning in my view leads to a place to escape from global fear and war of ideas, that have also committed us over the last year. Because this music has the ability to tune our “normal” life with an amazingly beautiful humanity. And without extra words,”  Reinis Zariņš says about the chosen piano authors Johannes Brahms and Philip Glass in  one programme.

But the well-known pianist from New York and the member of the group “Bang On A Can All-Stars” Vicky Chaw has included the composer Caroline Shaw, Felipe Lara, Tomeka Reid, Tanjas Leonas and Christopher Cerrone piano plays in the concert programme “Autumn works”. The famous new music group “Bang on a Can All-Stars” member, Vicky Chow, is called brilliant by the newspaper “The New York Times.” “Pianist-monster” calls her “Time Out New York”, but colleagues on the West Coast are allowing Vicky to give the success of “New Music's New Star” (newspaper “Los Angeles Times”).

These are just a few artist's appreciations, and easier to quote for publicity. Her great love for music and instrument, and her skills from childhood in the development of her talent, have been speaking  more loudly. Like many, Chow started to learn the piano at the age of five. At the age of 9, however, Vicky was invited to give a concert at the “International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival”. A year later, the young musician debuted in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The following studies at the Juilliard School, and later at the Manhattan School of Music, seem to be very logically on the way of creative life of the musician.

Vicky Chow's great talent and the fascination with new music over the years have allowed her to collaborate with leading contemporary composers and musicians - Nik Bärtsch, Terry Riley, of course, the founders of “Bang on a Can” David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, Shara Worden or “My Brightest Diamond”, Lee Ranaldo from “Sonic Youth” and for many others. Vicky had the honour to play Steve Reich's “Piano Counterpoint” for the first time in North America. Latvian audience will probably remember the times when the pianist visited Ventspils and Cēsis, presenting the ambitious work of Tristan Perich, “Surface Image” and especially artist-created, the various new-generation composer-New York pieces in the entry “A O R T A”.

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