The program, “Classical Smackdown: Sergei Prokofiev vs. Claude Debussy,” invites audience members to vote on their favorites.
A frequent guest artist at concert venues in Europe, South America, and throughout the United States, Frederic Chiu is devoted to enhancing the live concert experience for diverse audiences. He has created many innovative programs, often showcasing transcriptions and rarely programmed repertoire. Also a skilled collaborator, he has performed with many friends in classical music, such as Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, and the St Lawrence String Quartet, as well as with artists in other genres, including jazz pianist Bob James, writer/storyteller David Gonzalez, actor Brian Bedford, and clown Buffo.
Chiu has released over 20 CDs, many available on the harmonia mundi usa label, including the complete piano works of Prokofiev, as well as works of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rossini, and Grieg. His most recent recordings include the Beethoven/Liszt Symphony No. 5 and the solo piano version of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals with David Gonzalez as the narrator of verse penned with today’s young audiences in mind. In addition, he is a frequent presence on popular radio shows such as St. Paul Sunday Morning, Performance Today, and WNYC’s Greene Space.
Through his Deeper Piano Studies (DPS), a philosophic and holistic training program, Chiu brings together advanced concert pianists, promising students, high-level amateurs, and piano teachers from around the world for workshops that develop a body/mind/heart approach to piano playing and music making. He has taught at The Juilliard School, Jacob School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Banff Centre, among others.
Chiu’s website, FredericChiu.com, contains up-to-date information about his upcoming concerts and DPS workshops, as well as links to recordings and videos.