Dutch pianist in free Vero Beach concert

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The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presents Dutch pianist, Frederic Voorn in a free chamber concert.  Photo courtesy of Frederic Voorn.

On Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 PM, the doors at First Presbyterian Church Vero Beach will close and a rare chamber concert will begin, featuring Dutch pianist, Frederic Voorn.  Voorn, who has performed in concert halls on four continents, will concertize in Orlando and give a master class at the University of Central Florida, after presenting an exciting local program of works from Mozart and Chopin at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, 32960.  Sponsored by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, the chamber program, which also includes several works by Voorn, will feature the acclaimed pianist and composer performing alongside musicians from the orchestra.  His “Elegy for Piano and Clarinet” will feature principal clarinetist, Jennifer Royals, while SCSO string musicians (who also play regularly as part of the Fernwood Quartet), will perform Voorn’s three-movement String Quartet.  One of the most exciting pianists and composers working today, Frederic Voorn studied piano at the Dutch music conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht, before continuing his studies in London and Moscow. For 12 years, his weekly performances were broadcast by Dutch Radio 4. Voorn has recorded several CDs for record label Ezra Classics, including one of his own piano compositions. At the moment, he is working on an opera about the legendary impresario for the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev. Frederic Voorn lives in Amsterdam, is married and has two sons. The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $15 to $20. For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.  

 Space Coast Symphony Orchestra artistic director, Aaron T. Collins, is pleased to welcome the distinguished pianist and composer to Central Florida.

 “We are thrilled to be able to present Frederic Voorn to our audience during his visit to Florida,” said Collins. “Beyond his extraordinary abilities at the piano, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s most versatile and accomplished musicians.”  

 For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s 2019-20 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.

ABOUT FREDERIC VOORN —Frederic Voorn is active in several musical areas. He is a concert pianist and a composer. He writes articles for numerous music magazines, conducts three choirs and made programs for Dutch Radio 4, including his own program Pianistenuur, which was broadcast every Saturday for 12 years.

As a pianist, Frederic Voorn has given concerts on four continents, performing both on modern and historical instruments. He was a laureate of the Frank Martin International Music Competition and was invited to perform at several international music festivals, such as the Tibor Varga Festival (Sion, Switzerland), the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival (Kuopio, Finland), Antverpiano (Antwerp, Belgium) and the International Festival of Chamber Ensembles (Kazan, Russia). He gave concerts in major halls like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Tonhalle in Zürich and was a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah Festival Orchestra in America and the St. Michael Strings in Finland. In 2017 in Vancouver, Canada, he gave the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto with conductor Bujar Llapaj and the West Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Frederic Voorn has given masterclasses in America, Canada, Indonesia and Russia and was a jury member at several competitions, such as the 8th Concours International de Piano Adilia Alieva in Gaillard, France and the 5th Geelvinck Fortepiano Competition in Amsterdam. For record label Ezra Classics, he has recorded several CD’s and in 2016 the CD La forêt perdue appeared, dedicated to his own piano music.

As a composer, Frederic Voorn has been active since 2005 and his works, written for different settings, are performed regularly. In 2005, his piano cycle Pièces simples et naturelles appeared and also a short orchestral work titled: Ezra’s Journey. The following year he composed his String Quartet, that was premiered in 2008 in America and two years later was performed for the first time in The Netherlands by the Ad Libitum Quartet. For the chamber choir Babylon, he has written several works, such as the Zwei Goethe Lieder from 2009, the song Die Gedanken sind Frei from 2012 and the madrigal Zefiro torna, written in 2014 on a poem by the Italian Renaissance poet Ottavio Rinuccini. In 2015 the piano suite La forêt perdue was premiered and in 2017 his Piano Sonata and the Piano Concerto. At the moment he is working on an opera about Sergei Diaghilev.

Frederic Voorn studied piano at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht with Jan Marisse Huizing, Jan Wijn and Hakon Austbö. After receiving his performing arts degree he continued his studies in London with Peter Feuchtwanger and in Moscow with Lev Naumov and Youri Levin. Frederic Voorn lives in Amsterdam, is married and has two sons.

 ABOUT THE FERNWOOD STRING QUARTET — The Orlando-based Fernwood Quartet focuses both on contemporary composers and on the repertoire from Joseph Haydn to the 20th century. All players – Julia Gessinger (violin), Andreas Volmer (violin), Marla Morgan (viola), and Hanrich Claassen (cello) – regularly play with orchestras across Central Florida including the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.

ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

35-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40” Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County.  Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community. 

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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