Theatre Performances - Piano Battle (Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern)
Piano Battle (Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern)
Showtime: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - Thursday, April 11, 2019
Location: RBC Theatre
Tickets: $40.00 and up (HST included, service fees extra)
Show suitable for: All Ages
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Two Pianists, Six Rounds, Chopin vs. Liszt, Debussy vs. Schubert.
Who will be the first to cross the finish line?
The audience will decide!
Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two classy pianists, the PIANO BATTLE is a unique concert that pleases both the ear and the eye.
Whether or not they are friends in real life, mercy is the last thing on their mind when fighting on stage. Winning the audience‘s heart is the only thing that counts! The brainchild of internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the PIANO BATTLE sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The show is divided into several rounds, each featuring a certain musical style. The two artists, with distinctly different performance techniques, will even go so far as to improvise on the tunes you request.
YOU ARE THE JUDGE
A competition wouldn’t be a competition without a jury and here, YOU will be the judge!
All members of the audience are invited to vote on the pianists‘ performances and will eventually crown the winner. Of course, this might not be the limit of your participation...
Originally created for the Hong Kong City Festival, PIANO BATTLE has been performed for sold-out audiences in Europe, the United States and Asia, including the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center and an open air spectacle before 6,000 fans in Taiwan. The show has also been well-received in the pianists‘ home country where Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis have performed for enthusiastic audiences in concert halls and at festivals all over Germany - including the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Prinzregententheater Munich and the Philharmonie Berlin.
“The intensity and music heats up with every round.”
- HK Magazine
"PIANO BATTLE has the elegance of classic music, the excitement of rock and the energy of hip-hop.”
- Newsis, South Korea
“Tongue-in-cheek showdown over five rounds, great show!”
- Sunday Morning Post
Run time: 90 minutes without an intermission *subject to change
PAUL - "Trust Your Ears"
Educated in Hanover, Berlin and London, Paul Cibis has performed on five continents and established an international presence. He has been invited to international festivals in the UK, Germany, USA, South Africa, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to his many concert appearances, he has been featured in radio and television programs around the world, including the BBC, WDR, 3Sat, ORB, HR, RTHK, and CCTV.
Paul has released several albums, including a collection of French mélodies and piano works by Berlioz, Fauré and Debussy, in collaboration with German mezzo-soprano Barbara Senator. His latest album features a collection of solo pieces by Taiwanese composer Kai-nan Huang.
Paul has also been involved in various film projects. He penned the music scores for several short films and was the initiator and music supervisor of the international award-winning documentary PIANOMANIA.
A committed pedagogue, Paul has taught at Trinity College of Music in London and frequently gives master classes in Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.
ANDREAS - "Stay curious!"
Born in South Africa, Andreas Kern studied piano in Cologne and Berlin with Günter Ludwig and Pascal Devoyon. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has extensive experience in Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India and South Africa.
Keen to present classical music in unconventional ways, Andreas has developed concert projects and formats that often feature unorthodox venues, or whereby musicians collaborate with artists in other fields, such as theatre and dance. Such performances have successfully drawn a much wider and younger audience than traditional classical concerts.
Andreas Kern has also created the critically acclaimed “arte lounge” for the French-German TV channel Arte. As the show‘s co-host, he has performed with musicians including Mischa Maisky, Renaud Capucon, Sol Gabetta, Sarah Chang, Vadim Repin, Nils Mönkemeyer, Elina Garanca, and Jörg Widmann.
He was also the architect of the Piano City Berlin Festival 2010, which featured more than 100 piano performances held in Berlin within one weekend. Since then, Piano City has branched out to other cities such as Milan, Naples and Rome.
Join us early and complete your Living Arts Centre experience with our Pre-Show Dinner Buffet at LIVE Restaurant! LIVE Restaurant offers you an enjoyable experience with great food and great ambience.
Doors open at 5:00pm
For reservations, please call 905-306-6116
*Expected runtime is 90 minutes without an intermission (subject to change)