A recital not to be missed will be given by David Helfgott on 21 June. He will perform a won derfully romantic programme and then be Awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Montacatini Terme in Tuscany. This extremely beautiful city is famous for its association with Puccini and Verdi and is also a city of healing waters.
We feel it will be a memorable night and hope you can join us.
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We are delighted to confirm the dates and cities where David will be giving recitals in South Africa this year. It will be his farewell tour of South Africa due to cutting back on overseas touring, so do not miss this opportunity to hear this remarkable pianist. Go to the Tour Schedule for details.
Gillian Helfgott has just published a ground-breaking book on numerology with the additional feature of the zero, which is traditonally ignored by numerologists. This system is based on an ancient Chinese method, which was the inspiration for I Ching.
In this method you calculate your birth numbers and put them around a turtle which gives a fascinating image of how the numbers are energized and their meanings.
In part two of the book she traces David Helfgott's extraordinary life journey via his numbers, and also has many case studies.
In the words of Professor Burger "The study of numbers is a beautiful one that has captured human-kind's imagination throughout the ages. it continues to inspire us to explore its enless frontiers."
The book is available on amazon.com and fishpond.com or signed copies by writing to email@example.com The web site www.theinsightfulturtle.com which will be activie by mid December This site will give you the ability to take out subscription and the computer will calcuate your turtles and draw them beautifully.
As I sat there and listened to this remarkable man at Angel Place with the Metropolitan Orchestra, I felt honoured that I have been given the opportunity to share a stage with him on our recent concert series. It is a privilege that I am even more aware of now, after having seen him in concert for the first time. My knowledge of David Helfgott was through the film Shine, I had never attended any of his concerts.
To see him with an orchestra was an interesting experience. I could see how important that his relationship with the conductor is strong, and indeed Sarah -Grace Willliams had the necessary sensitivity and generosity to create a wonderful collaboration on stage with David and the orchestra. At times I felt him going off into his own world, but almost immediately she would envelop him in her brushstrokes of music - her calligraphy of the air, and they would be united in a powerful expression of symphony and order.
It was a very powerful experience for me to be at his concert - indeed I was moved to tears when Rachmaninoff III began. Such a beautiful piece of music and David's artistry is beyond this world - I believe he is a true genius. Watching him interacting with the orchestra and conductor was mesmerising.
This concert was spell binding - and the audience obviously felt the same way with a standing ovation at the end.
During April and May David gave performances of his beloved Rachmaninov Third Piano Concert in Europe and these were filmed for a DVD and CD which will be available in a few months time. Also a documentary of this tour was made and will screen in Europe on the Arte channel next year.
It was a very exciting time of us both and we look forward to the release of these recordings and film.
We are not planning to return to Europe in 2013 as the Australian touring schedule is very busy, but we will be in South Africa in September and also Zimbabwe again. We are very happy to be returning to these countries.
The next European tour is organised for May 2014 and at the moment we do not have any plans for either the UK or USA due to lack of time, but hope to return to both countries sometime in the future.
David's mother died recently. She was a very gentle soul and will be sadly missed. She was 92 years old.
David gave a lovely recital in Taree on 14 July and we stayed at Nundoobah Retreat and what a revelation this proved to be. It is a magical paradise set in 2000 acres on the calm and beautiful Dawson River at Taree. For a perfect break-away this is the place to relax. The accommodation is two delightfully spacious cottages with the best spa baths ever, and views of the river. The personal service from the owners is another huge benefit. Can't wait to return.www.nundoobah-retreat.com.au
- revisit interview with David, August 2010