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Regina Albrink,

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musique. In Germany the cd got a rave review on MDR radio and in this country it keeps surfacing in the classical playlists of Philadelphia Public Radio (WPRB). After Gottschalk, Albrink recorded Chopin / Les 4 scherzi (‘a charmer—fountains of notes glittering as they rise

and fall’, Professor David Mills). Her CD Regina Albrink / Live in Concert / Concertgebouw Amsterdam is a recording of the Christmas recital she gave in 2004 as the fourteenth consecutive concert in a hugely popular series, which was broadcast in the Sunday Afternoon Concert of Dutch Public Radio (AVRO). A Dutch critic wrote that she played the Brahms waltzes op. 39 ‘sublimely’, ‘with a wonderful grandeur’ (Luister, April 2006). Of late, Regina Albrink was invited to perform and to record with the Orchestra of Montpellier in France. At present she is giving a series of recitals in Italy, where she is to return next season for a concert, in Turin, devoted to Gottschalk.

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Regina Albrink plays the piano not only as a soloist and in chamber music, but also on the theatrical stage with the piano integrated into the dramatic scene. In fact, the theater is where this Dutch-born pianist started her career. After finishing her studies in Amsterdam with the French pianist Danièle Dechenne and at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with Pál Kadosa and Ferenc Rados, she played Chopin and Liszt in many of the performances of the ballets by Hans Van Manen.

For the past decade, she has taken part in several theater productions centered on Chopin, which have been touring the Netherlands. A new production with music by Beethoven premiered in 2003. Regina Albrink’s performances include the classical and neo-classical concertos as well as the romantic virtuoso repertoire. Indeed, she has performed the seldom-heard first concerto by Eugen d’Albert. The First Chopin Concerto brought her to the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; according to a German newspaper, her interpretation ‘would have pleased Chopin himself.’ She performs regularly in the ‘Huber’ concerts in Portugal. In the United States, she has given recitals (‘extremely well received’, KOHM, Lubbock TX) as well as a master class on Chopin. In reviewing one of her ‘unequivocally excellent’ performances in Britain, a newspaper described her playing as revealing ‘tremendous control of both tone and dynamics

In 2002, Albrink’s recording of works by the American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk was among the week selections of Le Nouvel Observateur (‘amazing virtuosity. What sparkle!’) and the columns of Le monde de la

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