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Music School presents Tselyakov

CBC calls him, "The best kept secret in the Canadian piano world." According to the Waterloo Chronicle, "Russian-born Alexander Tselyakov is Canada's new man at the top.

CBC calls him, "The best kept secret in the Canadian piano world." According to the Waterloo Chronicle, "Russian-born Alexander Tselyakov is Canada's new man at the top."

Tselyakov will bring his talents to the Pender Harbour Music School for a great afternoon of music on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m.

An award-winning Russian-Canadian pianist, Tselyakov began his concert career with the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine. He went on to win one of the leading prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the International Music Competition of Japan and many more. His playing has inspired standing ovations in Japan, Germany, Italy, Israel, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Finland and Canada. Known for combining virtuosic ability with intensely moving interpretations, he is now established as one of Canada's most prized performers and has just taken up a teaching position as Associate Professor at Brandon University.

Recent concerts have included a highly successful performance at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and a critically acclaimed concert at Wigmore Hall in London. Sunshine Coast audiences will remember Tselyakov from the Coast Recital Society performance last year at Raven's Cry Theatre, which Ross Brougham characterized as "the most revealing and impressive recital ever staged at this venue with the Steinway D grand piano." His Pender Harbour concert program will be varied, including works by Chopin, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff as well as contemporary pieces by Canadian composers.

According to the Winnipeg Press, "what Alexander Tselyakov does at the piano would raise the roof of any concert hall the way legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz used to do."

Tickets are $15 and are available at John Henry's in Garden Bay, Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, Talewind Books and Magic Sound in Sechelt and Coast Books in Gibsons, as well as at the door. For more information, call 604-883-2403.

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