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Kildare > Arts > Hans Pålsson - Pianist

Hans PalssonHans Pålsson - Pianist

Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge
Thursday 19 February 2004
8.00pm (Tickets €20/18)

Booking 045 448333

The Riverbank Arts Centre in conjunction with the Gerard Manley Hopkins International Summer School is delighted to bring one of Europe's most distinguished pianists to Newbridge.

Hans Pålsson was born in Sweden and studied piano in Denmark and Germany. Graduating as soloist in 1972 he has given concerts around Europe and has had over forty piano compositions and concertos dedicated to him. In an age of narrow specialism, P å lsson is noted for his wide range; from Bach through the Romantics to the 20 th Century, down to the present. His programme for this evening will include: Mozart's Sonata in A major, Schubert's ‘Impromptu', and Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata . The performance will also include a poetry reading by the celebrated Newbridge poet Desmond Egan

Hans is playing in the Concert Hall in Dublin and then to the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge through the recommendation of Desmond Egan. Desmond first heard Hans playing for the King and Queen of Sweeden while he was there to read his poetry. He describes Hans P å lsson as a man who became the music, he played as if there were something at stake, and as if his life depended on it as it does where real art is concerned.

Hans Pålsson is already a legend in the Baltic countries and over 25 CD's have appeared so far including one featuring compositions dedicated to him by leading contemporary composers. He has also written a book of reflections, Music , which became a best-seller. He brings a modern sensibility to his playing of the classics; it is like reading a great translation a rediscovery excitingly contemporary with no willingness to wallow in the past.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the Newbridge and Kildare Lions club for kindly sponsoring the hire of the Steinway piano

For further information, please contact Gráinne on (045) 448314/5

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