Dennis and Chee, husband and wife and both amazing piano soloists, explore the inner and by no means obvious connections between Classical and Impressionism/early twentieth-century colourist styles (with French Debussy and his English counterpart Frank Bridge) in a mixed programme alternating piano solo and piano four hands. Both Dennis and Chee master piano technique at its finest and highest level, that is, sound control and its infinite nuance possibilities – let’s not forget that the Greek origin of technique (techné) means ‘art’ – this is an evening not to be missed.
1. J.A. Benda, Sonata in E flat major for piano four hands
2. J.L. Dussek, Sonata in B flat major op. 74 for piano four hands
3. C. Debussy, Four Preludes for piano solo from Book 1 (Dennis Lee)
4. F. Schubert, Introduction & Variations on an original theme op. 82 No. 2 for piano four hands
5. F. Bridge, Three Sketches for piano solo (Chee Hung-Tao)
6. A. Dvorak, Three Slavonic Dances for piano four hands
Dennis Lee and Chee Hung-Tao, piano solo and piano four hands
Dennis Lee, a Steinway Artist, has won a number of prizes and competitions, such as the BBC, Casagrande, Busoni and Sydney, and has had many festival appearances, including Montreux, Spoleto, Brescia-Bergamo (Italy), Varna Summer (Bulgaria), Adelaide, Singapore Arts Festival, etc. He has performed with most of the BBC orchestras, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Player and many others internationally. Dennis Lee has broadcast frequently for the BBC. In the USA he has appeared several times at the Kennedy Center, National Gallery in Washington D.C. and more. His recording of Szymanowski works aroused much international acclaim. He was an ABRSM examiner for over 30 years, and is also in demand as lecturer and festival adjudicator. He has judged the Canadian Music Competition (Finals) in Toronto, as well as the London International Piano Competition. Recent appearances include the Singapore International Piano Festival, HSBC Piano Festival (Kuala Lumpur), recitals in Malaysia, Canada, USA, France and Germany.
Chee-Hung Toh has performed in London and many parts of Britain, the U.S.A., Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the Far East. She has recorded for radio and television in many countries, including B.B.C. Radio 3 and the World Service. Before residing in London, she was the holder of various professorial posts in Switzerland. After being the only pianist in 1979 to win the East and West Artists Auditions in New York, she made her debut at the then Carnegie Recital Hall, receiving high acclaim in the New York Times. After making a CD of Bernard Tan’s Piano Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, she was invited to appear at the Singapore International Piano Festival, and to play again with the SSO. Chee-Hung is also in constant demand as a lecturer competition judge, and masterclass leader worldwide.