International star for Gerringong

TINKLING: Gerringong Music Club once again welcomes international star pianist Antony Peebles on Sunday, August 27.

TINKLING: Gerringong Music Club once again welcomes international star pianist Antony Peebles on Sunday, August 27.

Gerringong Music Club once again welcomes international star pianist Antony Peebles on Sunday, August 27.

The event will be held in the beautiful Gerringong Town Hall.

The concert will start promptly at 2pm.

Peebles will be playing classical gems including Beethoven's Appassionata, Schubert, Liszt, and Chopin.

Tickets are $20 at the door and entry is free for members, children and students.

Doors open at 1.30pm. Afternoon tea available.

Antony Peebles studied at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree.

After leaving university, Peebles studied the piano with various tutors including Peter Katin, Yvonne Lefébure and Jeremy Siepmann.

He received a number of scholarships during this time.

Peebles’ big break came in 1971, when he was awarded the BBC Piano Competition.

He played Gaspard de la nuit by Maurice Ravel, receiving universal acclaim from the jury, including renowned pianist Vlado Perlemuter, who commented that he’d never heard the piece interpreted better.

Peebles also won the French Claude Debussy competition in 1972.

Following these successes, Peebles became a regular concert pianist, both as a performer of concertos with major orchestras in the United Kingdom and, famously, by touring the world playing the piano - sometimes alone, and sometimes with violinist John Georgiadis, with whom he formed the Georgiadis/Peebles Duo.

Peebles has now performed in, astonishingly, 131 countries.

At home in the UK he has played as concerto soloist with the following orchestras: London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Halle, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony and City of London Sinfonia.

He broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and plays for music clubs up and down the country.

He has recorded six CDs for Meridian Records.

These involve a CD of Ravel piano music, a CD of Liszt operatic fantasias and four CDs of songs transcribed for solo piano by Liszt, of all 55 of the Schubert songs, all 12 of the Schumann songs and all nine of the Mendelssohn songs that Liszt transcribed.

The first of these Schubert CDs was voted third best recording of the month by Classic CD Magazine.

Whether you have been listening to fine music for years, or you have never been to a concert why not come and join the fun at Gerringong Town Hall for some wonderful Sunday afternoons. Cost of annual membership is just $50. 

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