Pianist Tianqi Du will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, as part of an international tour including China, Germany, Israel, and additional countries.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, written for harpsichord, consists of a set of 30 variations bookended by two statements of an aria in G major. One of the most important examples of variation form, the work is named for one of Bach's students, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who is often credited as the first performer. Goldberg Variations is often referred to as the most ambitious composition ever written for keyboard history.
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Through recitals and concertos performed with orchestras globally in cities like Beijing, Berlin, Torun, and Jerusalem, Tianqi Du has received more than a dozen of international piano awards including German Steinway Youth Piano Competition, The American San Jose International Youth Piano Competition, Japan Asia Chopin Piano Competition at the young age. He created a piano experimental film Libido Fantasy, which reportedly became a Chinese social media sensation. Later on, he composed the theme music for FIS World Cup of Freestyle Skiing Aerials, with the performance at the Chinese National Stadium Bird's Nest. Now studying at the New England Conservatory with a Master of Music scholarship, he has been dedicated to research and performance on J.S.Bach's works.
Tianqi began to play piano at the age of five.He has ranked in the top three in a number of domestic and international piano competitions such as the Hong Kong Toyama Piano Competition, Chinese Final of German Steinway Piano Competition, Germany Wiesbaden Youth Piano Competition, The American San Jose International Youth Piano Competition, Japan Asia Chopin Piano Competition, Second Beijing International Piano Festival Concerto Piano Competition. With recitals and concerts globally in Berlin, Jerusalem, Torun, San Jose, Tokyo, and most major cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen, Chongqing, Guiyang).
April 21, 2018, at 7:30pm
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