Another lovely Symphony event...
This past Saturday evening, my family and I attended the 4th concert of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Signature Series: Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1. This beautiful array of music, conducted by Edwin Outwater and featuring pianist Natasha Paremski, was simply incredible.
Paremski, just 23 years of age, is unlike any other pianist I have ever seen or heard. Her talent was breathtaking. Making her first professional debut at age nine, she has been studying, playing and traveling the world ever since. Born in Moscow and now living in the United States, Paremski has performed in Taipei, Tokyo, the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Paris and well beyond. We were fortunate to have her in Kitchener-Waterloo. With a growing list of awards and a repertoire that reflects true maturity and artistic ability, Paremski has experience and skill well beyond her years.
Although Paremski played the entire evening without any written music in front of her eyes, she did not miss a note and her dynamics were perfect. The four of us just sat there speechless at the end of her final piece. Then, finally Seth spoke up. Seth, 11-years-old was probably one of the youngest in the audience that night. He asked his older sister a question, "Marissa, did you see her hands?!" Then, Marissa responded with, "She really, really did 'feel' the music. All of her emotions came through."
I loved hearing the perspective of these two. One noticed the technical aspect, and the other noticed the artistic...and they were both right on. Technical skill without the artistry isn't believable. And artistry without the technical piece isn't bearable. But, put them together, and you get something very beautiful. That is what we all experienced that night.