For a typical classical piano concert, one would imagine a single grand piano with its lid open, its brilliant inside encased in silky, heavy blackness. Sometimes, there are two pianos — there are a handful of orchestral and chamber two-piano favourites that are programmed regularly. But six pianos?
On October 12, 2018, 6 Steinway concert grands will fill out the Koerner Hall stage, under the Soundstreams’ season opener: Six Pianos. Featuring a mix of Toronto pianists and percussionists: Russell Hartenberger, Ryan Scott, Greg Oh, Jamie Parker, Stephanie Chua, Midori Koga and Radka Hanáková, the program is built on Steve Reich’s Six Pianos, and features John Cage’s The Beatles 1962-1970, along with smaller scale multi-piano works (Lutosławski, Alexina Louie, Juliet Palmer), and a newly commissioned work by virtuoso pianist/composer André Ristic: Variations on Vivaldi.