Paul WIlliamson will perform Saturday

Much-heralded pianist to perform

Will be representing B.C. this summer in Halifax at the National Piano Competition

One of B.C.’s top young pianists will perform in Campbell River.

The North Island Branch of the Registered Music Teachers will present in concert, Paul Williamson, winner of the 2012 Piano Competition.

He will be performing Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Campbell River.

Tickets for this event may be procured from a Registered Music Teacher, at the Music Plant in Campbell River, or at the door on the evening of the concert. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Williamson won this prestigious competition when he was 16. At the same time, he also won the Atkinson and Terry Award for the best performance of an individual work for his rendition of Franz Schubert’s Sonata in G Major D894, 4th Movement. Paul will be representing B.C. this summer in Halifax at the National Piano Competition.

He hails from Abbotsford where he is the accompanist for the Youth Orchestra of the same name. He has also performed the third Movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra. His resume also includes performing Chopin’s, Winter Wind in the 2011 Songs, Strings and Steps Concert with fellow pianist Josh Herrett.

Williamson is one of six Canadian pianists who participated in an International Music Programme called Morningside Music Bridge, held at Mount Royal University. If his talent at the piano were not impressive enough, he is also an accomplished cellist. He studies cello at the Langley Community Music School , plays in a variety of chamber ensembles, and is a cellist with the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra.

As busy as his musical endeavours make him, he still finds time for soccer, swimming, reading, composing, and spending time with his friends .

Some of the Repertoire you will be enjoying at the concert includes Kuzmenko’s ‘In Memoriam to the Victims of Chernobyl’; Beethoven’s Sonata No 26 Op 81a ‘Les Adieux’; Chopin’s ‘Heroic Polonaise Op 53’; and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No 2 Op 36’

Opening for Williamson will be Cindy Taylor’s student, Torin Halvorson. Last year, Halvorson won the Marie Josephine Richards Award given to a student in grades six to eight by the Comox Valley Piano Society. He was invited as an observer to the Provincial Invitational Festival as well last year. His fifteen minute programme will include Bartok’s ‘Swineherd’s Dance’; a Chopin Waltz, and an A. Louie’s ‘Moonlight Toccata’.

For more information, please contact Sonia Hauser @ 250-923-2212. A reception will follow the concert.