After the 25th anniversary season of Darlington Piano Society was completely lost because of Coronavirus restrictions, the forthcoming season brings an array of youthful, award winning pianists and programmes that includes works rarely, if ever, performed for the Society previously, alongside more usual fare. The season begins on 17th October with the return of the Leeds International Piano Competition winner in 2015, Anna Tsybuleva. Her visits to the UK are few and far between and she brings a programme of works by CPE Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to open the season in great style.
The 14th November recital features Elisabeth Brauss, a current BBC New Generation Artist, featuring regularly in broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and on the cusp of a major international career. Her recital of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev, Brahms and Schumann will certainly illustrate this.
The third recital, on 12th December, is given by French pianist Patrick Hemerlé, musician in residence at Clare Hall, Cambridge, in a programme including rarely heard works by composers such as Vierne, Granados, Albeniz and Villa Lobos.
The New Year opens with a visit to Darlington by Lauren Zhang on 16th January 2022. Chinese-American Lauren was the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2018. She plays a challenging and substantial programme of Bach, Beethoven, Liebermann and Liszt.
On February 20th, Dinara Klinton makes her second appearance for the Society. She brings a totally Russian programme which includes several works by lesser-known composers, alongside works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.
The season ends on March 20th with the highly anticipated appearance of Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition. His programme includes Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ sonata, works by Schumann and J S Bach and ends with Chopin’s 3rd sonata.
Full details of the Society’s season and the ticket booking process can be found at
The recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington on the Sunday afternoons listed, all beginning at 3.00pm.