Next week I am travelling to Kaliningrad in Russia. I have been invited to give two recitals, one of which will be at the Cathedral in the city. The Cathedral was partially destroyed by the RAF during the second world war and was reconstructed during the 1990’s. Now a music festival is held to commemorate the end of hostilities and I will perform a recital at the Cathedral for the festival. Here is a link to the official trailer for my performance… cool! Really looking forward to performing at the Cathedral!

Last week I performed in Cambridge in UK. I really enjoy performing in my home town, it’s always a lot of fun (as well as being really easy to get home after the performance!!!)

Here is a short clip of my sister Adelaide and the tenor Tobias Campos performing The Prayer by David Foster.

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On Wednesday night I performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at the Jurmala Festival in Latvia. The audience were so warm and I enjoyed the performance. I had to play 3 encores! I just saw a great review from Alexander Hall writing for Bachtrack. So I thought I would share it with you here:

“Harliono has already appeared with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Gergiev, so he has already been making waves. Having heard the great Martha Argerich less than a month ago in the celebrated Tchaikovsky warhorse, I was fearful of his chances of equalling, never mind eclipsing, that experience. I needn’t have worried. There are of course many ways to ride a horse and, as equine specialists will tell you, these animals are individuals in their own right. This version of the B flat minor reminded me more of a pet filly, responding appreciatively to gentle stroking, rather than any death-defying heroics on the battlefield. At least in the opening movement, where Harliono seemed to be savouring each separate note, taking all the time in the world to stress the composer’s melodic train of thought and poetic line. When those crashing double octaves came, they resembled less a fusillade of rapid gunfire than a powerful statement of logical punctuation. It is also rare to witness repeated smiles of satisfaction playing on a soloist’s lips, not out of any smugness, but confirmation that at that particular moment in time there was no other way of playing all those notes with such conviction. Perhaps inspired by Harliono’s complete identification with this work, the orchestra under Rubiķis raised their game somewhat, though without matching the intensity of his playing. There was a Mendelssohnian lightness to the central Andantino and, to continue the equine imagery, by the time the finale was launched, it was like watching the massed cavalry appearing over the crest of a hill, their hooves pounding the ground imperiously. The great warhorse lives to fight another day.”

george harliono tchaik02I just got back to UK after spending a week in Moscow for the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition. This is the largest and most prestigious music competition in the world and is held once every four years in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

I was the second youngest competitor in the piano section and for the first round my programme included pieces by Beethoven and Bach. You can watch my performance here.

A huge thank you to Mr Denis Matsuev and the organisers for inviting me to take part in the competition, it was a great experience and an honour!

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