David is very much looking forward to performing at Tonhalle on 23 April as this hall holds so many happy memories for him. He will be perfomring the very beautiful Chopin Piano Sonata No.3 in B Minor and I am having so much joy listening to him practice this exceedlingly beautful work. Also some of his Liszt favourites including Mephisto Waltz No.1 and Ballade B Minor will be on the programme so hope you will join us.
We are so looking forward to returning to Denmark for three recitals in Horsen, Odense and Copenhagen. Denmark is like a second home to us in Europe and we are thrilled we will have eleven days in this wonderful country. Denmark holds so many precious memories for us and such enduring friendships we feel very belssed to be returning for over the twentieth time.
David will be performing the magnificent Chopin Sonata No.3 B Minor and some exciting Liszt works. Hope you can join us.
David had the great honour of being selected for the Performing Arts Walk with 17 other Australian performing to have a plaque installed on the walk-way to Hamer Hall in Melbourne. He felt very honoured to have received this recognition of his performances and the words he used for the plaque describing how he approaches performing were
I PLAY IN THE SPIRIT OF JOY, CARING, SHARING AND LOVE MUSIC IS MY LIFE AND MY PASSION.
It was a very proud day for him.
HELFGOTT TRIUMPHS AT CHATSWOOD CONCERT HALL, SYDNEY
David Helfgottâ 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 Davidâ s Johannesburg concert. Over the years I have seen many of the worlds â~greatestâ artists â" 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 â" and fill the room with a cascade of notes like an endless waterfallâ¦ Never before have I seen or heard those pieces played with so much individuality and passion. We were seated in row D â" so very close, and indeed privileged to see firsthand, this amazing relationshipâ¦
I just wanted you to know â" and to please thank David from us for sharing his unique talent one more time here in South Africa.
Best to you both always,
On 21 June David had the great honour and joy of receiving Honorary Citzenship of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany. This beautiful spa town is famous for its association with Puccini and Verdi and now david has his signature in the very historic visitors book with Puccini and Verdi. He also got to play Veri's piano on a previous visit and now feels so much a part of this charming Italian city. He is seen here with the Mayor, and our dear friend Dr Montalbo receiving the honour.
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.
- revisit interview with David, August 2010