Internationally acclaimed pianist Caterina Grewe will showcase her love for German romantic composers when she returns to the stage in aid of the Amber Trust in March. The Japanese-German star will perform works from Schumann, Brahms and Liszt at the Wathen Hall in London on March 2.
She last performed in aid of Amber at the same venue in 2019 to a rapturous reception.
Her performances are recognised for their beauty, poetry and temperament, paired with the depth and maturity in her interpretations. Caterina’s 2016 debut CD for KNS Classical, showcasing some of Schumann’s most treasured and undiscovered works, was described by Gramophone Magazine as a ‘fine disc’ that featured ‘playing full of character’.
Far from simply revisiting past glories, Caterina, pictured above, will also be presenting material she has never performed before. The result being an audience friendly repertoire from some of her favourite composers.
“Normally, I would plan quite far in advance, but with the pandemic it has been very different because things were being cancelled,” she said. “Everything tends to be confirmed at the last minute.”
“Some works I’ve played before, but others will be completely new. That has been a bit of a Christmas project for me. Sometimes I play works I played five years ago, sometimes I play pieces that are completely new. I try to mix and match.”
“I’m really excited to be coming back to play for the Amber Trust. The last time was such a great success and we raised quite a bit of money.”
Caterina’s talents have been showcased throughout the UK, continental Europe, the US and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has won numerous prizes including the Lyon International Piano Competition. The HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl was awarded to her by HRH the Prince of Wales for her outstanding achievements during her studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM). More recently, she claimed first prize at the 2018 Changhsa International Open Piano Competition in China.
She studied at the Hamburg Conservatory, the Chetham’s School of Music and the RCM in 2013. Her association with the RCM continues to this day, having been appointed a piano professor in April 2019.
Tickets for the concert, which cost £15 (£10 for students), are on sale now and are available here with proceeds going to the Amber Trust.
Doors open at 7pm with the performance expected to start at 7:30pm, with non-alcoholic refreshments available during the interval.