Acclaimed Australian pianist and composer Mark Isaacs presents a solo recital of piano masterworks that span the intimate to the tempestuous which includes a world premiere of his own.
The concert will feature works by Chopin, Rachmaninov Debussy, Satie and Poulenc, as well as selections from Isaacs’ solo piano cycle Children’s Songs, premiered at the Adelaide Festival and recorded on an internationally released CD.
He will also debut Three Impromptus – a sweeping new work of music alternately bold and tender.
Isaacs has always been inspired by the extremes of drama and intimacy of the Romantics. His own new piano work often takes a very different direction, but always resolves, “like the calm after the storm”.
Children’s Songs has been described as a “pensive suite of short piano works that plunges us
into a part of ourselves we may have thought lost forever – a delicate place, marked by tentative steps but endless imagination.” Mark Isaacs says “This is music that, I hope, speaks on that level of honesty that children are fantastic at exploring.”
Mark Isaacs is an internationally-acclaimed composer, pianist and conductor in classical music and jazz. He has composed over 100 works and received many awards including an Australia Council Fellowship, the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award and the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition. His Symphony No. 1 was premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and he recently completed work on Symphony No. 2.
In 2015 Mark conducted the premiere of his Chamber Symphony at the City Recital Hall with Omega Ensemble
and also conducted the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his orchestral works.
In the jazz world he has recorded and toured with distinguished international figures and has twice been nominated for the ARIA Award.
Chopin: Etudes and Nocturne | Rachmaninov: Preludes | Works by Debussy, Satie & Poulenc
Isaacs: Excerpts from Children’s Songs and Three Impromptus (world premiere)
Tickets – $47 adult | $30 conc. | $22 student |$16 children
Bookings ph: 02 9955 3000 or on-line at www.theindependent.org.au