The 23rd season begins on 21st October with a much-anticipated recital by the internationally recognised young Russian/Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg – the programme includes works by Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev and his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s third string quartet.

In September, Giltburg won two major recording industry awards. With his regular chamber music partners – the Pavel Haas Quartet – he won Gramophone magazine’s chamber music recording award for 2018 for their performance of Dvorak’s second Piano Quintet. And in Germany, at the inaugural Opus Klassik awards (the major new prize for recorded classical music in Germany), he took home the ‘Soloist Recording of the Year (20th/21st century, piano)’ award for his recording of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 & Études-tableaux Op.33.

He is an outstanding solo and concerto performer and recording artist and his schedule in the next six months takes him to North America, Chile, Holland, Belgium, Eire, London’s Wigmore Hall – and Darlington! More information available on his website.

This summer, extensive work was carried out on the piano in Central Hall, with funding provided by a DfC Small Arts Award (see ‘Darlington Piano Society – Steinway model B’ on DfC website for details). A piano technician who looks after all Steinways at the Royal Northern Music College in Manchester cleaned the piano components, reshaped hammers, and the ‘voicing’ of the piano has improved.

Subsequent recitals:
Jamie Bergin (18th November), born in the North East and currently studying with Lars Vogt in Germany;
Lara Melda (9th December), winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2010;
Florian Mitrea (27th January), his programme includes a selection of pieces inspired by the Danube;
Mei Yi Foo (24th February) a virtuosic programme including works by Messiaen, Stravinsky and Balakirev;
Leon McCawley (24th March), eminent British pianist in a programme celebrating early and late works.

  • For full details of the society’s season, see the society’s website and printed brochure, widely available throughout the area
  • Recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Sundays at 3pm
  • Season tickets (£55) can be purchased through the booking form in the brochure or through the website
  • Individual recital tickets cost £12 (U21, £6) from the Dolphin Centre in advance or on the door