European pianist to perform in Campbell River

Sweden’s Elias-Axel Pettersson performs on the ivories at the Trinity Presbyterian Church Jan. 27. - Contributed
Sweden’s Elias-Axel Pettersson performs on the ivories at the Trinity Presbyterian Church Jan. 27.
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A rising piano star from Sweden via New Mexico will be coming to Campbell River this month.

Elias-Axel Pettersson will perform on Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trinity Presbyterian Church in a concert sponsored by the Campbell River Friends of Music.

Pettersson has just completed his Doctorate of Music at the Université de Montréal.

He received his earlier musical education in the United States and is already well established as a pianist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher.

He maintains a busy concert schedule throughout North America, performing not only standard repertoire, but advocating lesser known and contemporary composers.

Pettersson’s doctoral thesis on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is the foundation for a publication and performance edition.

For his Jan. 27 concert, Pettersson has chosen a varied repertoire, from works of a composer familiar to Campbell River audiences, Chopin, to the less familiarcompositions of Leos Janacek and Alvin Curran.

Two major works, The Fantasy in F minor, and the Sonata in B minor will make up the Chopin portion of the program.

Leos Janacek, a late nineteenth and early twentieth century Czech composer, wrote his Sonata “From the Streets” in 1905.

The work combines the traditional language of Romantic music with more twentieth century elements.

The pianist’s interest in lesser known contemporary composers is reflected in his choice of “For Cornelius” by the American Alvin Curran.

This minimalist work will challenge the audience to sit back and let waves of sound wash over it.

While in Campbell River, Pettersson will be conducting a series of master classes with local piano students.

For more information on these sessions, which are open to auditors, contact Shelley Roberts at (250) 923-7658. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students. They are available from the Visitor Information Centre in Campbell River.

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