THE Steinway is tuned at Orange Civic Theatre all ready for world renowned pianist David Helfgott to walk on stage tomorrow night to perform works by some of the world’s best known composers.
This is the first appearance in Orange of Mr Helfgott who rose to fame through the portrayal of his life in the 1996 Oscar winning movie Shine starring Geoffrey Rush.
Accompanying Mr Helfgott to Orange where he will arrive today is his wife of 30 years Gillian who has been a sense of great support to the pianist in both his private and professional life.
Mr Helfgott has had a penchant for performing music of the romantic composers such as Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky.
Mr Helfgott is now in his 67th year and is undertaking a heavy touring schedule which includes Wagga, Wangaratta and a short break back home in Bellingen before heading off to Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania.
“David is so looking forward to performing for the first time in Orange.
“He just gets so much joy from sharing his music with the world,” Mrs Helfgott said.
Mr Helfgott was born in Melbourne to Polish-Jewish parents and became known as a child prodigy who was taught by his father.
He won his first major piano competition at the age of 14 in Perth and went on to study in London after winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music.
His credits include winning the prestigious Dannreuther and Marmaduke Barton prizes and as rehearsal pianist for the West Australian Opera.
Some tickets are available for tomorrow night’s performance by calling Orange Civic Theatre on 6393 8111.