Skopje, 27 February 2020 (MIA) – Under the title “Fray’s Golden Hands,” the Philharmonic is hosting Thursday evening a concert by French pianist David Fray, conducted by Conrad van Alphen from the Netherlands. The concert begins at 8 pm.
Fray will perform Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony in C major (aka Symphony No. 2, Op. 61).
The pianist has been called the “perfect example of a thinking musician” (Die Welt) and plays in the world’s greatest venues as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician.
According to his official biography, Fray made his US debut in 2009 with the Cleveland Orchestra.
He has also performed with the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic.
He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Park Avenue Armory in New York, and appears regularly at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, and Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
Fray holds multiple awards, including the German Echo Klassik Prize for Instrumentalist of the Year and the Young Talent Award from the Ruhr Piano Festival.
He started taking piano lessons at the age of four.
He furthered his studies with Jacques Rouvier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris.
According to Van Alphen‘s official biography, the press has praised the Dutch conductor’s “leadership, often exceptional sensitivity as well as insight in abundance.”
Van Alphen works closely with the Russian National Orchestra.
He has also founded Sinfonia Rotterdam, of which he remains chief conductor and artistic director.
Tonight’s concert is organized under the auspices of the Institut français in Skopje. mr/