Feb 11, Hélène Grimaud, Piano Solo Concert: Pre-Concert Review @Toronto

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I’m excited to share that I’ll be attending the concert of Hélène Grimaud (piano) on Sunday, February 11 in Toronto.

As I gear up for my second concert in Toronto, the anticipation is palpable. This event is not just another performance; it’s an assembly of one of the most notable pianist and an engaging program that promises an unforgettable musical journey.

Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud, originating from France, is a pianist whose talents have been evident since her childhood. Born in 1969, she showcased her musical abilities early on and was admitted into the prestigious Paris Conservatoire at the tender age of 13. Since then, she has carved out a distinctive place for herself in the classical music world with her exceptional skill, profound musicality, and unique interpretations.

Grimaud’s repertoire is diverse, yet recordings of her native French compositions are relatively scarce, with Johannes Brahms’ compositions standing out as particularly impressive.

Her performances of Brahms are noted for their robust, almost masculine strength, and yet, they are interspersed with a sense of “Mother Earth,” enveloping listeners in a blend of gentleness and passion. These qualities make her interpretations of large-scale sonatas and concertos not just structurally sound but emotionally profound.

In addition to Brahms, her performance of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is like a ultimate detox.

But Grimaud’s interests do not stop at music. She has also pursued studies in animal ecology and has written a book on the subject, reflecting her deep connection with nature. This aspect of her life is said to lend a unique depth to her performances, making her music all the more compelling. Indeed, this makes perfect sense.

Program/Ticket Information

Date: Sun, February 11, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Koerner Hall, Toronto


  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109
  • Brahms: Three Intermezzi for Piano, op. 117
  • Brahms: 7 Fantasien, op. 116
  • J.S.Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Violin in D Minor, BWV 1004 (arr. Busoni)

The program is thrillingly lined up with the “The Three Bs” – Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms – a true highlight of her repertoire.

The construction of the program itself is beautiful. The pacing, the order, it’s as if the four pieces come together to form a single work. It’s enjoyable even in imagination alone :)))

Ticket Prices

Premium: $125
Price Level 1: $105
Price Level 2: $85
Price Level 3: $75
Price Level 4: $50

▼I’ll be sure to share my impressions after the concert. Stay tuned!