Photo: Aldo Olijrhook
On the 1st of April 2017 the finissage of the exhibition “Music paintings from the baroque to the present” of the Bottroper artist Brigitte Wiegmann took place. This exhibition has complimented the concerts in an extraordinary way during the concerts over the past few weeks, by following the maxim: seeing with your ears and listening with your eyes!
For this occasion the Canadian artist Luke Welch appeared for the first time and presented pieces by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and the rarely played Canadian composer Oskar Morawetz.
With great energy and youthful enthusiasm, he took on the pieces and presented the compositions in a whole new way! This was not always completely without mistakes, but the listeners immediately forgave those few, as the overall performance of the pianist really tapped the audience, which was finally confirmed with long-lasting applause (followed by a small encore).
A truly sound evening! Thanks to Luke Welch and to the wonderful audience!
Dear friends of music and art,
Unfortunately it is already time again and we have to say goodbye to Brigitte Wiegmann’s beautiful exhibition, entitled “Musical paintings from the Baroque to the Present”. Let yourself be enchanted for the last time in my rooms with these extraordinary paintings, which can be experienced with their sound-compositional qualities in the ubiquitous musical atmosphere of my studio! Maybe you can also find a painting that brings the joy of music to your own home…
In this context, I am especially pleased to present to you the great international pianist Luke Welch. Born in Canada, he studied in Canada and the Netherlands, and has traveled throughout the world extensively on his concert tours. Enjoy a spectacular piano concerto and a beautiful finale of this exhibition!
Domenico Scarlatti (1685- 1757)
Sonata L. 23 E Major
Sonata L. 349 G Major
Sonata L. 118 F minor
Sonata L. 449 B minor
Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata op. 26
– Andante con variazioni
– Scherzo. Allegro molto
– Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un eroe. Maestoso andante
Oskar Morawetz (1917-2007)
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Mazurka op. 24 No. 1
Nocturne op. 48 No. 2
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
„Fachingsschwank aus Wien“op.26
– Allegro (Sehr Lebhaft), B-Dur
– Romanze (Ziemlich Langsam), g-Moll
– Scherzino, B-Dur
– Intermezzo (Mit Größter Energie), es-Moll
– Finale (Höchst Lebhaft), B-Dur
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Canadian pianist Luke Welch was born and grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. He played his first public performance at age seven. His first private piano instructors include Kyzysztof Jedrysik and Catherine Kuzeljevich, and he later completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the University of Western Ontario in Canada under the tutelage of John-Paul Bracey. Welch has also participated in the classes of distinguished artists including Jean-Bernard Pommier, Cécile Ousset, Dang Thai Son, André Laplante, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and Stéphane Lemelin. In 2004, he made his concerto debut with the Durham Chamber Orchestra, and has performed extensively on the international stage including in Canada, United States, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom incluing England, Scotland, and Wales. He has appeared with the Mumbles Symphony Orchestra in Wales (conducted by David John), and in 2013 presented a master class and three-day series of performances as recitalist and soloist with the Greenway Strings in England. In May 2015, Welch completed his first tour through New Zealand. These performances, which received nation-wide exposure and critical acclaim, included stops in Christchurch, Wellington, Taupo, Auckland, and Kerikeri. Welch has also made appearances at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany as well as the prestigious St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the Turner Centre in Kerikeri (New Zealand), and Music Mondays series in Toronto, Canada. In November 2015, he made his London debut which included a performance at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, and in June 2016 highlighted the concert season with a recital at the historical landmark Castletown House in Celbridge, Ireland. He has received national and international awards and grants based in both Canada and Europe, and in 2010 he completed further graduate studies at the Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory (Netherlands) while studying in the class of Aquiles Delle Vigne. In addition to his performance commitments and private teaching, he has been working at the Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory as well as a number of national and international arts institutions. In 2015, Welch also released his debut solo piano album entitled ‘The Universal Language’. His second album is already announced.
I’m looking forward to your visit!
Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!
The gallery is open on saturdays between 14 and 18 o’clock.
After telephonic agreement the gallery can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn