David’s time to shine

Steve Kendall | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Oct-2013

David Helfgott
The man who inspired the movie Shine is coming to Bendigo for a recital at The Capital.
 David Helfgott showed extraordinary pianistic ability from an early age, winning the state finals of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition six times.
At age 17, David began studying with Alice Carrard, a former student of Bartok and Istvan Thoman, himself a pupil of Liszt.
Two years later, David went to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Cyril Smith, who described him as his most brilliant student in 25 years of teaching and likened him to Horowitz, both technically and temperamentally.
A period of frequent hospitalisation followed during the 1970s, but by 1976 David had moved to a halfway house where he stayed for six years.
The greatest crisis for David had been the loss of his inner music, but he remembers the day the music came back: “The fog lifted, I could hear again … I survived.”
David triumphantly returned to an active life of concert-giving and performance, and made a series of CDs, including the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning.
David Helfgott plays The Capital at 8pm on Saturday, October 26. Details: 5434 6100.


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