11 May 2015 A Remarkable Life Revealed

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11 May 2015 A Remarkable Life Revealed

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 28.


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 State University.


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 library.bookings@chcc.nsw.gov.au 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 chrgfriends@bigpond.com and tickets are $25 per person.   


Signed copies of Roger Woodward’s book will be available at both events.