POSTPONED! Please note this recital has been postponed until 17th May 2011 (due to weather conditions) – same programme, same venue.
Some are so famous that their names have become household words in their own countries. Among these is a particular friend who has played many times in Sunderland since his student days and who always enjoys coming back: Viv McLean.
He is returning to build a December programme of music by Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Kalinnikov and Gershwin, many items of which are audience requests.
Viv went to Chetham’s School of Music (Manchester) and then to the Royal Academy in London. He has won major competition prizes and sponsorship awards. He has performed in all the major venues in the U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Malta, Israel, Cyprus, Japan, Australia and the U.S.A. Apart from his solo recital work he has done a great number of Concerto soloist performances with great orchestras and conductors around the world. Viv regards music as an intensely collaborative and communication medium and so loves to combine with other fine musicians in Chamber Music.
Sunderland is proud to present this great artist.
The pianist Viv McLean seemed exceptional to me; he astonished us with his musical maturity and extraordinary sonority.
Le Monde (Paris)
At the Festival de Melle, Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and fingers of steel hidden behind muscles of velvet. He is an otherworldly young man – he plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment.
Le Monde (Paris)
The pianist Viv McLean never faltered, spewing molten lava.
The Times (London)
The fluent technique and brilliance of the interpreter were impressive, he played with insight and the greatest sensitivity.
General Anzeiger (Bonn)
The listener was struck by the sustained level of technical mastery. Viv McLean performed with his mind as well as his hands.
Malta Sunday Times