2019-20 Piano Recitals from KWCMS


  1. -You won’t find a piano series of this calibre in any cities of comparable size, we suspect. All of these outstanding artists have major reputations to their credit, and among them are splendidly diverse. If you enjoy the sound of a fine piano in the hands of a major artist, you’ll want to keep us in mind.

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  3. -We have one of the area’s very finest Steinway pianos - indeed, one of the finest you’ll hear anywhere. An 1887 New York ‘B’ (perfect size for our diminutive Music Room), it has been praised by our pianists ever since it arrived from its New York home in 1989.

See the CD page for many recordings using this piano.

- email us - kwcms@yahoo.ca

See the rest of our Website: Concerts, Season Quick-View, and more... Much fuller bios of our pianists on those pages (when ready - we try to work about 3 months ahead...

June 22: Francine Kay  [Chopin: Fantasy in f Op. 49; Barcarolle; Polonaise-Fantasy; and selections by Czech composers: Josef Suk and Vitezslava Kapralova.... oh, and “some Debussy”

Along with Fialkowska now, she’s probably Canada’s most famous expat pianist! For many years now she has taught at Princeton, lives in New York City, and performs widely [such as Prague, for which this program is being prepared]  $35/$20

August 4: Sofya Gulyak Sofya is not new to us, but it’s been a few years. This Moscow-born pianist is winner of the very prestigious Leeds Competition, and much else

Bach-Busoni. Chaconne; Brahms. 6 pieces op.118; Chopin. Variations brilliante op.12; Franck. Prelude, Fugue and variation; Couperin. Le petites Moulin a Vent L’engageante; Rameau. Le rappel des oiseaux Les sauvages; Ravel. La Valse. $35/$20

September 15: Penny Johnson plays more Bach! Penny made such a hit on her first appearance, that we have invited her back. Why isn’t this splendid performer world-renowned yet??

Now she enlightens us with her account of the Goldberg Variations! Plus eight preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier:

From Book I: #3 in C#, BWV 848; #4 in c#, BWV 849; #15 in G, BWV 860l #23 in B, BWV 868
From Book II: #3 in C#, BWV 872; #7 in Eb, BWV 876; #9 in E, BWV 878; #23 in BBWV 892

$30 (students $20)

October 12 and 16: Marc Toth continues his remarkable Beethoven Sonatas Series

Two power-packed concerts!

Oct 12  Concert 5: [# 5, 16, 9, 23 “Appassionata”

#3, 14 (“Tempest”), 26 (“Les Adieux”), 31 (op. 110)

Oct. 16: Concert 6: #8 (“Pathetique”), 19, 24, and 29 Hammerklavier]

Mark is famous (infamous?!) for his inspired analyses (well illustrated  at the piano) of these great works.

Each: $30 (students $20)

November 16: David Jalbert returns!

Another of Canada’s most famed pianist, he combines thoughtful, insightful musicianship with wonderful keyboard presence, control, and brilliance - where called for! [program tba]


February 12: Shoshana Telner returns! The indispensable Shoshana (who also will have played in a trio in July) is thinkingt of more Hummel, plus maybe all of the Chopin Ballades!

$30 (students $20)

March 14: André LaPlante returns!

The great Canadian promises Schubert’s greatest sonata, the Bb Major; plus tba

$40 (students $25)

March 28: Kristin Jonina Taylor, piano This first of three newcomers to our Music Room “is an Icelandic-American pianist who has been enthusiastically received for her performances of Nordic piano works, including the North American premiere of Jón Nordal’s Piano Concerto in 2003 and programs by invitation in Washington D.C. for the Ambassador of Iceland and President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. She has performed widely in the U.S. as well as in Iceland, France, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Serbia, and Lithuania.

[Ms. Taylor promises Icelandic and other music]

$30 (students $20)

April 14: Alexander Panizza, piano

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

continuing our Beethoven celebrations!

Alexander has been enthusiastically recommended to us. “Acclaimed by the critics and the public alike, Alexander Panizza appears regularly in the Americas and Europe. Born in Toronto, he received his musical education in Canada, Argentina, France and Spain, completing a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, in London. ....Among the main attributes of his artistic personality, his extraordinary mastery of pianistic sonorities, intensities and shades, his virtuosity and the scope of his repertoire stand out. He has performed as a soloist in recitals  and with more than thirty orchestras in very important halls worldwide, including the Barbican Hall in London ......

Beethoven - Diabelli Variations (and a bit else, tba)


May 24: Nikita Mndoyants, piano

He happens to be in town then! It’s not often we get a pianist of his distinction by a sort of accident - a quick look at his bio (excerpts below) will explain why we jumped at this.... “Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2007 Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers (Moscow, Russia) and 2016 Prokofiev International Competition of Composers (Sochi, Russia) ...” - and much more! (He will have played in Moscow shortly before his visit ...)

prog tba. We note that he has recorded, for example, the 24 preludes and fugues of one Vsevolod Zaderatsky (a Russian who among other things composed it in a prison camp!)

- We will expect at least a bit of very unusual programming such as that from this remarkable artist.


[Note: the new concert on May 30 with Leo Erice playing Beethoven’s fional three sonatas opens QuartetFest 2020; it is not part of the 2019-20 piano series]

[and many fine chamber ensemble pianists through the year ....]

Piano Series Price: (11 concerts $200) (one of our “ten-packs” at $189 is suggested....)

e-mail us! [jnarveso@uwaterloo.ca]