Heidi Hau gave a house concert tonight at my place for a crowd of about thirty. I've known Heidi for around eight years now, but it's only recently that I've started to get to know her better. She played brilliantly, and I'm sure my piano appreciated a workout by someone with real ability; normally, it is subjected only to my amateur tinkling. :)
The program tonight: Valses nobles et sentimentales - Ravel (15 min), Tarantella - Liszt (15 min), Diabelli Variations - Beethoven (55 min). Afterwards, Bill, Jeremy, Pjammer, Loni and I made a late-night run to Chika for sushi. I love that place. :) [see some photos] [other home recitals]
Heidi's Biography -->
Heidi Hau started her piano studies at age four and has given annual solo recitals since the age of ten. She has received many awards, including first prize in the 1990 Piano Competition of the Soviet/American Youth Festival of Music in New York, resulting in performances at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, she was the first-prize winner of the Silver Lake International Piano Competition (Wisconsin) and performed with its orchestra in that year. In the following year, she won the Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Competition and was the featured soloist in its 1994-1995 season. She also won first prize at the French Piano Institute, an international piano festival/competition sponsored by the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France, in July 1996. As part of the prize, Heidi, the youngest participant there, gave a solo recital in January 1997 at the Salle Cortot, Paris. In 1998, she gave a solo recital in Sunset Cultural Theater, Carmel, as the winner of its 1998 Carmel Music Society’s Piano Competition.
She has performed in recital venues throughout the world including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wiener Saal in Salzburg and the National Concert Hall and the John Field Room in Dublin.
An English major, Heidi graduated from Stanford University in June 1998 and was one of eight recipients awarded the Deans’ Award for Academic Excellence. She was also selected nationally as one of the two recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study in Ireland. In June 2001, she completed her Masters degree with a First Class Honors at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the director, Dr. John O’Conor.