By Xing Bao, Shanghai Star. 2001-07-12
THE sound of water, precious and spiritual, can be heard in the music of pianist Tjako van Schie during his concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall.
Tjako van Schie made his public debut with a recital of Haydn's works. In his 30-year career, Schie has won prestigious international piano contests such as the Debussy Talent Contest in Holland, the Vladiguerov Piano Competition in Bulgaria, the Bellini Music Competition in Italy and the Marguerite Long Competition in France.
Schie has appeared as guest virtuoso at the Seiler International Piano Festival in Germany, the Brahms Music Days International Festival in Germany and the Music Festival of the Hamptons in the US.
He is regularly invited as guest professor to conservatories in Portugal, Germany, France and Spain.
At his August 3 recital, he will perform several pieces of music associated with water, including Gade's "Barcarole," Grieg's "The Brook," Ravel's "Game of Water" and Debussy's "Ondine."
"The whole performance breathes a beneficent tranquility and profundity which one would not expect in such a young musician," commented a critic at Piano World, a music periodical.
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