Roger Woodward, one of the world’s
leading musicians and a man who has worked with some of the most celebrated
musicians conductors and orchestras of the past 50 years, will be talking about
his autobiography and performing at two events in Coffs Harbour on May 27 and
As a brilliant young artist in the
early 60s, Roger Woodward left Sydney to pursue piano studies behind the Iron
Curtain, in Poland, at the height of the Cold War. He maintains a strong
connection with Poland and he has been decorated for his work with Solidarity
during that country’s fight against Soviet control.
The renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin
discovered Roger Woodward in Paris soon after Woodward made his debut at
London’s Royal Festival Hall. He soon rose to international prominence and critics
have rated many of his recordings among the all-time greats.
Roger Woodward is a recipient of many
prestigious awards and international honours including the Polish Order of
Merit, the Polish Solidarity Medal, the Order of the British Empire and the Australian
Centenary Medal. He is Companion of the Order of Australia and a Chevalier de
l'ordre des arts et des lettres. He has directed festivals in France, Austria,
the UK and Australia. He is a composer and conductor and is currently Professor
of Keyboard Performance at the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, California
On May 27, Roger Woodward will be in
conversation with ABC presenter Liz Keen about his life and autobiography ‘Beyond
Black and White’ at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in Coffs Harbour at 6pm. To
book, contact the Library on 02 6648 4900, via firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website.
On May 28 at 7.15pm, he will perform at
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on the Gallery’s grand piano which he has
previously described as ‘the best Yamaha concert grand in the southern
hemisphere’. His programme will include Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach and
Ludwig van Beethoven.
Bookings can be made through the
Gallery Friends via email@example.com and tickets are $25 per person.
copies of Roger Woodward’s book will be available at both events.