Piano Summit | 23 May 2014
Michael Wollny [p] | Iiro Rantala [p] | Leszek Mozdzer [p]
Our hopes became reality when they physically arrived at the Friedenskirche in the afternoon: We had been successful to engage these three top artists for the Piano Summit and they gave a breathtaking concert at 2 Steinway Pianos and one Fender Rhodes (from 1962) in varying combinations. This concert still remains in the memory of all guests who were able to get a ticket (because of the limited space we could only satisfy 1/3 of the ticket demands).
Michael Wollny´s „witch dance“, „Tears for Esbjörn“, composed by Iiro Rantala, Leszek Mozdzer playing „Incognitor“, all three together playing a Rumba at the end of the concert, changing positions at the pianos, 1 to 6-handed at one piano, 2 handed at 2 pianos: this concert night provided all you can imagine (or not)… and nobody knew, that the “highlight” was still to come.
During the sound check in the afternoon, Leszek Mozdzer had noticed an old Chappel piano, totally out of tune, in a hallway of our church, the same piano John Lennon used to play in Liverpool for years, and the three spontaneously decided to use this old piano for a very special encore. After the final applause the church lights extinguished and the three artists played IMAGINE: on this Chappel piano, on the church organ and on said Fender Rhodes. An unforgettable moment!
Dziękuję! Kiitos! Danke! to these three fantastic pianists for an amazing night of music