David Helfgott returns to screens on NETFLIX with HELLO I AM DAVID, a very moving film of his life on concert tour with the Rachmaninov Third Piano concerto.
This is a very touching, funny and uplifting film and a wonderfully sincere portrait of the pianist and catches his irresistible personality and his music. Not to be missed.
Check his tour schedule for performances in Europe and UK in 2017 of this wonderful concerto on duo pianos where the full beauty of the piano score shines through.
John Sutherland Sydney
The day I met David.
The day I met David Helfgott is a day I will never forget.
It was a chance meeting waiting to return to Sydney from a visit to northern New South Wales. In the small airport lounge at Coffs Harbour, I was joined by a couple. The man wore very colourful attire, red trousers and shoes to match, a comfortable Hawaiian shirt and warm red jacket. His wife sat down to read while her partner moved about. As there were only the three of us, he soon approached me to introduce himself. "Hello, my name is David!" he said. "Hello David, my name is John" I replied. "I play the piano John" he said. The penny dropped and I answered "I play the piano too David, but am not nearly as good as you!" The next hour in the lounge, the flight to Sydney and goodbyes were both memorable and uplifting.
David is an incredibly warm and affectionate person. What started a close physical encounter become even more intimate as David held my arm, snuggled into my shoulder, kissed and hugged me. For many of us like myself, a close physical encounter with someone who is ostensibly a stranger was initially quite off-putting. That sense soon abated as David's child-like enthusiasm and overwhelmingly authentic nature shone through. David has an amazing mind, jumping from topic to topic, frequently returning to the subject of music.
David and Gillian live in the Promised Land, near Bellingen. David appears in great shape and health. He spoke about his long swim earlier in the day, and his magnificent grand piano, his prized possession.
When the flight was called, it was clear David is a regular for the airport staff. In a sometimes mundane job, they instantly perked up, grinning from ear to ear on seeing David approach. They clearly enjoy the days when David is passing through.
As fortune would have it, I was seated adjacent to David. As people made their way onto the aircraft, David would make eye contact and introduce himself, enthusiasm undiminished, with most reciprocating in kind. "My name is Grace" said one lady, and on cue, David started to sing "Amazing Grace".
David is a very tactile person, perhaps not surprising given his vocation. We approached Sydney from the north and had a spectacular view of the harbour and Sydney Opera House. "There is the Opera House" he said, exclaiming "It's a privilege to play at the Opera House isn't it!?"
On our arrival I said my goodbye and in return received another kiss and cuddle.
David's wife Gillian is clearly comfortable with how folk respond to David. Hearing Gillian speaking to Fran Kelly the following morning on ABC's Radio National, Gillian recounted how the telling of Davidâ s story, captured in the movie Shine twenty years ago, has benefited David enormously. I must see the film one of these days.
I'm sure my story about the day I met David is echoed by thousands of people over the years. David is a living Australian legend who loves to be around people and immersing himself in his craft. I hope one day to have another encounter with David, perhaps even spend time with him in The Promised Land. Here's to all the Davids of the world.
David Helfgott and Rhodri Clarke
will give a performance of the great Rachmaninov
Third Piano Concerto on duo pianos
in the stunningly beautiful Musikverein Goldener Saal
This is such an exciting event as the full beauty of the
piano score shines through. Not to be missed
HELFGOTT TRIUMPHS AT CHATSWOOD CONCERT HALL, SYDNEY
David Helfgott's performance on Friday 15 November, at the beautiful Concourse Concert Hall was a musical triumph. To the largest audience ever in the venue, his playing electrified those attending and the resulting applause and cheering did justice to the extraordinary performance.
Audience members said they had never experienced such passionate playing and adulation before at a classical concert.
I just wanted to write and let you know that we were honoured to be a part of the audience at David's Johannesburg concert. Over the years I have seen many of the world's greatest artists - but this was simply the most memorable, haunting and hypnotic performance I have ever witnessed. Just one man and a piano. David seems to be able to pull those bottom notes from the centre of the earth - and fill the room with a cascade of notes like an endless waterfall. Never before have I seen or heard those pieces played with so much individuality and passion. We were seated in row D - so very close, and indeed privileged to see firsthand, this amazing relationship!
I just wanted you to know - and to please thank David from us for sharing his unique talent one more time here in South Africa.
Best to you both always,
THE INSIGHTFUL TURTLE BY GILLIAN HELFGOTT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.