IT’S NOT everyday that an Australian pianist studies in Budapest, Russia and the UK but then Daniel de Borah is not an everyday musician.
In fact, even his name is unusual. When he first went to London to study, as Daniel Hill, he discovered another British pianist with the same name, and decided to take his mother’s surname.
With de Borah in demand around the world, Byron Bay is lucky to be hosting de Borah at a concert held to celebrate the bicentenaries of both Chopin and Schumann at the Byron Community Centre next Friday.
While others are quick to praise Daniel, he modestly talks of his approach to performing the work of the greats.
“I’m not too crash hot at talking myself up actually, but I guess my approach to music is as an interpreter. I try to breathe the music, not put my own impression on it as such.”
His musicianship has, however, been praised by world-renowned pianist Stephen Hough, who said of de Borah’s playing: “I was impressed by his pianism, musicianship and ability to draw the listener into his musical world.”
Born in Melbourne in 1981, de Borah studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire and with Tatyana Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction in 2006.
Though his passion for music has seen him perform throughout the world, including the Sydney Opera House, it isn’t a driving force to perform at a particular venue. Instead de Borah sees music as part of his life.
“I see it more broadly than that. It’s a privilege. It’s the music that drives me, not a particular place or orchestra,” he says.
During the concert de Borah will perform not only Chopin and Schumann but also Mozart on the Byron Steinway.
“2010 is the bicentennial year of both Chopin and Schumann and I’ve added a short piece by Mozart just to balance it out really. Though coincidentally they are three of my favourite artists, so it’s a good year for me,” de Borah says.
The concert is being presented by Musica Viva Lismore at the Byron Community Centre, on Friday, April 23, at 7.30pm. Tickets on sale now, adult $30, concession $25, student $15, available from the Byron Community Centre, La Boutique, Ballina, Duck Creek Emporium, Alstonville Plaza, and Lismore Music, Lismore.
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