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Croatian pianist, French conductor to perform in Taipei

2012/04/24 10:53:03

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich and French conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus will team up with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra to perform for a local audience on Wednesday.

Pogorelich and Casadesus will be performing Pyotr Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no. 1 in b-flat minor and Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at the National Theater Concert Hall.

The erratic Croatian pianist, who often appears on stage dressed in a tuxedo matched with cotton socks and flip flops, specified before arriving in Taiwan that no track lights were to be used on stage during the performance.

Pogorelich, who was born in Yugoslavia, shot to global fame at the 1980 International Chopin Piano Competition, when a judge at the event -- renowned pianist Martha Argerich -- left in protest over his elimination from the competition.

The controversial pianist also chose to marry his piano teacher, who is 26 years his senior.

If Pogorelich is characterized by his unique style, French conductor Casadesus is known for his talent and sophistication.

Casadesus set out as a percussionist and learned conducting from French conductors such as Pierre Dervaux and Pierre Boulez.

He has composed music for movies and theaters and founded the Lille National Orchestra in 1976. The group headed by Casadesus is one of France's most representative orchestras.

(By Sabine Cheng and C.J. Lin)