EXPERIENCE OF 12 YEAR OLD AT HELFGOTT RECITAL 28 APRIL 2018 | 29 April 2018
Hi David, my name is Jade and I am a 14 year old pianist. I have been playing piano for about 7 years (this being my eighth) and I went to your show last night (on the 28th of April). You have truly inspired me. I watched the movie Shine before I went to the concert and your story is so amazing. To see how you got to where you are now and all the trouble that you went through... I was honestly crying through half of it. After that, I was even more excited to watch you play live. This was my first piano recital that I have ever been too and it was an experience I will never forget. Usually, I am used to playing in small school concerts so it was incredibly refreshing to watch someone else play. Like really play. Especially someone of your calibre. Your recital was astonishing. It blew me away and I don"t t think I have any words to describe how magical it was. To be perfectly honest, I don't typically listen to a lot of classical music, though I know I should, but after watching you perform, I am determined to listen to more. Your performance transported me to another world. I was sitting on the front row in the high stands right in the centre and i got the best view in my opinion. I was bewildered by how relaxed you looked on stage and I felt the joy and happiness you gave off to the audience every time you bowed. I found it relaxing how you mumbled to yourself during the performance and how you talked about the song and the dynamics. How you sang along with the melody and counted out loud for some parts. I have always been determined to learn flight of the bumblebee at some stage in my life and when you came out for the encore and played it flawlessly? I was lost for words. It was pure and utter magic. I thought it was sweet how you shook the front rows hands and though I knew we had great seats, at that moment I was in envy of that row. I couldn't stop smiling the entire night as I relived the memories and I can't wait to tell all my friends about how I saw one of the best pianists in the world play live. You have inspired me to become a better pianist, to appreciate everything I am given and how lucky I am.
I wish you and your wife the very best in your lives and hope you have wonderful years to come!
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT CITY RECITAL CENTRE SYDNEY | 19 MAY 2018 AT 7.30PM
David Helfgott is so delighted to be returning to the lovely City Recital Centre to give a performance on his 71st birthday and would love you to join him. Playing his piano and sharing his music is his greatest passion. He will be performing the wonderfully descriptive Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky which received a huge ovation in Melbourne last week.
PARIS BOOKINGS FOR 27 OCTOBER NOW OPEN | 13 February 2018
Exciting news that David Helfgott is returning to Paris to perform the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto for duo pianos with Rhodri Clarke at the fabulous theatre La Seine Musicale. This is a very exciting duo concerto and do hope you will join them on this occasion.
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR GEOFFREY RUSH - IN ADMIRATION | 1 DECEMBER 2017
There have been allegations in the Australian newspapers about "inappropiate behaviour" by Geoffrey Rush and below are our thoughts.
David and I are appalled at the Sydney Theatre Company's handling of an inappropriate behaviour complaint made about Geoffrey Rush. His accuser remains nameless and the STC refuses to elaborate as to what the complaint contains to him or his lawyers.
If we allow the denigration of people's characters to occur without any facts being presented, one fears for the future of our nation. Let us hold to our law of innocent until proven guilty.
David and I reaffirm our great admiration of Geoffrey's integrity and dedication to his craft, and our boundless gratitude to him for his sensitive and brilliant portrayal of David in Shine. His empathy towards David since 1990 has never wavered.
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE 28th APRIL 2018 NOW ON SALE | 28 APRIL 2018 7.30 PM
David is delighted to be returning to the Melbourne Recital Centre for his concert on 28th April and we are happy to inform all those enquiring about tickets that
they are now available at the link below.
The link is www.melbournerecital.com.au
HELLO I AM DAVID | WORLD WIDE ON NETFLIX NOW
David Helfgott returns to screens on NETFLIX with HELLO I AM DAVID, a very moving film of his life on concert tour with the Rachmaninov Third Piano concerto.
This is a very touching, funny and uplifting film and a wonderfully sincere portrait of the pianist and catches his irresistible personality and his music. Not to be missed.
Check his tour schedule for performances in Europe and UK in 2017 of this wonderful concerto on duo pianos where the full beauty of the piano score shines through.
HEFGOTT'S FINEST PLAYING | 16 November 2013
HELFGOTT TRIUMPHS AT CHATSWOOD CONCERT HALL, SYDNEY
David Helfgott's performance on Friday 15 November, at the beautiful Concourse Concert Hall was a musical triumph. To the largest audience ever in the venue, his playing electrified those attending and the resulting applause and cheering did justice to the extraordinary performance.
Audience members said they had never experienced such passionate playing and adulation before at a classical concert.
A REVIEW FROM SOUTH AFRICA | 9 October 2013
I just wanted to write and let you know that we were honoured to be a part of the audience at David's Johannesburg concert. Over the years I have seen many of the world's greatest artists - but this was simply the most memorable, haunting and hypnotic performance I have ever witnessed. Just one man and a piano. David seems to be able to pull those bottom notes from the centre of the earth - and fill the room with a cascade of notes like an endless waterfall. Never before have I seen or heard those pieces played with so much individuality and passion. We were seated in row D - so very close, and indeed privileged to see firsthand, this amazing relationship!
I just wanted you to know - and to please thank David from us for sharing his unique talent one more time here in South Africa.
Best to you both always,