Since his Mozart concerto debut in Australia at the age of 12, pianist James Brawn has forged his own musical path of discovery, studying with great pianists who can trace their pedagogical lineage back to Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Clara Schumann.
Brawn will be performing at The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre (122 Fern Rd, Qualicum Beach) on Sunday, Nov. 6 as part of the Music On Sunday series.
Tickets are $18 through TOSH. For more information, call 250-752-6133 or visit www.theoldschoolhouse.org.
Brawn was born in England but has lived around the world in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Starting piano lessons at the age of seven, he performed on New Zealand television and won his first awards in Auckland in 1979.
He also reached the concerto final of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1987, leading to concerts with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony orchestras.
With a major overseas study grant from the Australia Arts Council, Brawn was then able to continue work with his mentor, Rita Reichman, in Philadelphia, gaining a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, at the age of 17 in 1988.
His London performances to date include, amongst others, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Foundling Museum, Blackheath Halls, Regent Hall and The Forge. Overseas recitals include the Berlioz Auditorium, Paris, Roussel Hall, New Orleans, music societies in Brunei and Hong Kong and in Ragusa-Ibla, Sicily. Other important British venues include Cheltenham Town Hall, Chichester, Bristol and Birmingham Cathedrals.
— Submitted by TOSH