And indeed we are.
theWholenote managing editor Paul Ennis notes in the current issue that the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto was “justly proud” when Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver in the prestigious 17th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw last week. And even more than overly proud that the piano sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. performance that won him the Krystian Zimerman Prize for best performance of a sonata is the very sonata that won him first prize in the WMCT’s Career Development Award competition last April.
Puffed our chests for sure.
But there is another connection as Wholenote editor David Perlman notes on page 6. Sixteen-year-old Toronto high school student, Yike (Tony) Yang who placed fifth in the Chopin competition is taught by Dang Thai Son. Dang graced the cover of theWholenote in February 2000 in the context of what he called “my real Toronto debut” – at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto – 20 years after he “burst seemingly out of nowhere, onto the world stage in 1980, and won first prize at the 10th Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw”.
While checking theWholenote notice page 26 where Isabel Leonard’s Nov. 19 concert is recommended. “The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto can always be relied on to provide artists and programs of interest. I’m looking very much forward to the recital by the American mezzo …..” Hans de Groot.