David gave his fifth fund-raising recital for the Sanctuary Foundation who work with brining refugees, mainly from camps in Africa. The funds raised on the 12th will enable a wife and children, who have been in a camp on the border of Rawanda and Congo, to be reunited with their father and husband after being separated for ten years. This family are coming to Australia via the Immigartion Department, and one can only imagine the joy of that reunion.
David will be repeating a performance of Rach 3, with duo pianist Rhodri Clarke
at Benalla Arts Centre on 17 June and the Melbourne recital Centre on 21 June.
The performance given by David and Rhodri in the Sydney Opera House, was the highlight of 2014, and indeed one of the main highlights of David's career, so if you are free to attend either of these performances I would recommend you do not miss out on this extraordinary performance. Without an orchestra the complete beauty of the wonderful piano score is heard in all its glory. David will also be playing solor in the first part of the programme.
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 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.
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.