Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Acclaimed Pianist Christopher McKiggan Performs Evocative "Three Minds" at CCP Feb 10

Press Announcement:
Acclaimed classical pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan performs on February 10, 2015, 7:30pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater. The concert is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and KMP Artists and is part of a World Tour celebrating Christopher's debut solo CD released FEB 1st on Albany Records.

Program includes Brahms’ Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp major, Op.2; Narong Prangcharoen’s Three Minds, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110;
Robert Beaser’s Pag Rag, Karim AI-Zand’s Paganini Reverie and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Born in Christchurch, England, Christopher began his piano studies at age six with his father. He moved to Thailand at age seven, residing with his British father and mother, a Thai citizen of Chinese heritage. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a Bachelor of Music studying under Dr. Robert Weirich, a Master’s Degree from Rice University is currently there as a Doctoral of Musical Arts Piano Performance under Prof. Jon Kimura Parker.

Hailed as a pianist with “astounding technique… startling poise and control” (Kansas City Star) and “astonishing virtuosity and piano coloration” (The Citizen), Christopher won a top prize as a laureate and finalist at the prestigious 12th UNISA International Piano Competition (WFIMC) 2012. He has won numerous other awards including the Gold medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, second prize in the solo division and third prize in the senior concerto division at the Kingsville International Music Competition, first prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Finalist in the World International Piano Competition, among many others. He is also the recipient of the Presser Award in which he was awarded a grant to create an upcoming international relations project titled “Resonance of Hope.” His upcoming solo CD titled “Paganimania” will be published by Albany Records and released in fall 2014.

Christopher’s playing of “Three Minds” by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen has been hailed as “Evocative” (The Daily Sound), and he recorded the piece for Albany records in the album “Phenomenon” and recorded “Between Heaven and Earth” in the album “Matras”.

Tickets are P800 (Center) and P600 (Sides).

For details, contact the CCP Performance and Exhibition Department at 832-1125 loc. 1606-1607.

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