Chopin: In Our Day and His

Chopin: In Our Day and His

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Frederic Chopin

Credit: Courtesy of Louis-Auguste Bisson

In this two-hour documentary with pianist, pedagogue, and Chopin specialist, Elizabeth Sombart, listeners are introduced to the radically new musical language that Chopin created, with its strong influences of the folk music from his native Poland. Tune in to Classical 91.5 to hear Chopin: In Our Day and His, a uniquely breathtaking musical journey, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 8 p.m.

Chopin created a radically new musical language for the piano that was strongly influenced by his love of the contemporary folk music from his native country of Poland.  The unique flavour of his expression was intimately connected to the longing he felt for a world that was vastly different in make-up and feeling from anywhere today. But the power and appeal of his compositions have long outlasted the demise of their environmental origins. However, for the pianist and pedagogue Elisabeth Sombart, the founder of the specialised educational school organised by the Fondation Résonnance, this very survival of Chopin and his particular popularity today presents a great challenge for the performer who lives in such a dissimilar ambience from the far more intimate atmosphere that Chopin evoked.

Born in Strasbourg, France, Elizabeth Sombart began playing the piano at the age of 7, and entered into the conservatory of her native town, later giving her first live, public performance at 11 years old. After winning the Premier Prix National in both piano and music, she decided to leave France to perfect her art in Buenos Aires, following further fine tuning of her talents in London and Vienna.

Sombart has performed all over the globe in various concert halls, including Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Her vast musical experience, in addition to her expertise of Chopin, will come to life in this rendition of several of Chopin's pieces.