JOHN PAINTER HALL
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE of MUSIC
Tuesday 29 June 2021
6:15 pm (100’) AEST
Sonata in C minor HobXVI/20
Figured in the Drift of Stars
Variations on a theme by Corelli, Op. 42
Etude-Tableuax No. 5 in E-flat minor, Op. 39
Etude No. 5 in C-sharp minor, Op. 42
Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in B minor, Op. 87
Sonata in B minor
Alexander Yau, an eminent young Australian pianist, has developed himself as a versatile and serious musician incorporating his many musical talents as a chamber musician, vocalist, conductor and composer. Pianist Balazs Szokolay describes him - "His artistic taste is good enough not to make any kind of "show" even in the most brilliant parts of great masterworks".
A multiple prize winner of many competitions, such as the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Australia International Chopin Competition, Australia National Piano Award, Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and many more. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto, Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s 1st Concerto, SBS Youth Orchestra in Rachmaninov’s 2nd Concerto, and the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra in the mighty Brahms Concerto no.2. He has given performances in the Canberra International Music Festival, Polish Embassy of Australia, Phoenix Central Park, City Recital Hall, as well as Grieg’s home Troldhaugen in Norway, Villa Mosconi Bertani in Verona, Shanghai Expo, Google Headquarters in San Francisco, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Centre. Recently he founded his own chamber orchestra and conducted the Mozart Concerto no. 23 from the piano in its inaugural concert.
Alexander obtained his Masters at the Juilliard School under prof. Matti Raekallio, Bachelors with 1st class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium under prof. Daniel Herscovitch and Elizabeth Powell.