Chopin’s Piano

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Chopin’s Piano

Can a single instrument unlock the DNA of Romantic music? A small, craftsman’s pianino, built in Majorca in the 1830s, gives it a good try: it’s the keyboard on which Chopin completed his Preludes. This exquisite collection reclaimed an intimacy that had been drowned out by the excesses of Chopin’s brilliant peers. It would take 50 years, but these miniatures would eventually outflank and outrank many of the century’s hulking musical monuments.

If this were not enough, Chopin’s piano took on talismanic qualities in the following century. The cast of characters obsessed with its provenance, heritage and symbolism – from harpsichordist Wanda Landowska to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels – completes this miraculous story.

In this captivating staging by Richard Pyros – first filmed and streamed in 2021 – and with the complete Preludes as its backbone, pianist Aura Go and actor Jennifer Vuletic tell the story of this singular instrument, the works composed on it and the artist who created them, and the changing value of music over time.

"Hearing the preludes one by one, rather than as a continuous presentation, casts them in a welcome, new light."
— The Age
"Aura stunned us with her virtuosic and mesmerising piano playing, her fingers flying up and down the keys. They were certainly deserving of our applause!"
— Classikon
"there is much food for thought in this entertaining and beautifully staged and designed production"
— The Daily Telegraph

RICHARD VABRE Lighting Designer
CHRISTINA SMITH Designer - Costume and Props
KELLY RYALL Sound Designer
MARTIN SHLANSKY Associate Lighting Designer


CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano by the author and Richard Pyros.

With special thanks to Ensemble Patrons Stephen and Michele Johns and an anonymous donor for their support of this tour.

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Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Melbourne   8 July 7pm
Melbourne   11 July 7pm
Brisbane (QPAC)   13 July 7pm
Sydney   15 July 7pm
Sydney   17 July 7pm
Canberra   19 July 7pm
Perth   24 July 7:30pm
Adelaide   26 July 7:30pm


Multiple Venues

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Event notes

Concert duration

2 hours including a 20-minute interval. 

Venue Information

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