Prodigy hits Perth

BERLIN prodigy Heidemarie Wiesner is playing three stunning classical concerts in Perth this weekend (October 11-13).

Wiesner started playing piano at 5 “because I wanted to”.

Following in the footsteps of her mother and sister, Wiesner received the coveted Schumann Prize at age 17 and has devoted her life to music.

In an illustrious career, she has played for 10 years with Berlin violinist Waltraut Elvers and performed several times with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra.

The concerts feature Wiesner (piano), Elvers (violin) and Noeleen Wright (cello) playing Haydn: Piano Trio No 35, Mozart: Piano Trio K502 and Beethoven: Piano Trio Op 70 “The Ghost”.

According to Wiesner, the centrepiece of the concert is the so-called “Ghost Trio” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

• Waltraut Elvers and Heidemarie Wiesner. Photo supplied

“The first and third movements reflect the passionate, unbridled nature of the composer, so poorly understood by others, despite expressing his emotions so clearly through his music,” she says.

“The ghostly second movement has been described as the slowest of all Beethoven’s slow movements.  Composed in 1808 this Opus 70, No. 1 is one of the strongest, most expressive Beethoven Piano Trios.

“In contrast to Beethoven’s expressiveness, an introspective beauty and dancing lightness shine through the trios by Haydn and Mozart.”

Fremantle Chamber Orchestra is presenting the three concerts at Swanbourne Church of the Resurrection (Friday 11 October at 7.30pm), Wesley Church in Perth (Saturday 12 October 3pm) and Fremantle Town Hall  (Sunday 13 October 3pm).

The concerts are an artistic cooperation that spans continents: Elvers and  Wiesner (whose pianistic family tree leads directly back through Franz Liszt and Carl Czerny to Ludwig van Beethoven) have travelled from Berlin to perform with Wright.

They’re also doing a concert for the German Consul to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the German Constitution, and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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