Le French May 2016: Chopin, Nohant’s years

by the virtuoso pianist Yves Henry

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Undeniably, Chopin was the most French-inspired Polish pianist while he lived in Nohant with French novelist George Sand. Hong Kong audiences are fortunate to appreciate Chopin’s lingering influence on pianist-cum-composer Yves Henry this coming May.

Currently the President of the famous Nohant Festival Chopin, Henry debuted at the age of 13 performing Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris and became the first Western European pianist to win the Robert Schumann Competition (1981) in Zwickau after having worked with Aldo Ciccolini for three years, and subsequently awarded a prize at the Casadesus Competition (1985). Yves Henry has performed and recorded at an international level, and he will perform a dedicated selection of Chopin works, chronologically from 1839 to 1846, when Chopin lived in Nohant during the last summers before his death.