Homecoming pianist’s love for music is key

HAVING lived abroad for 10 years, classical pianist Nerida Evans has returned to her home city and is a preparing for new concert.


Evans, from Ashburton, spent four years in Britain, before travelling to Vietnam to teach and study with Russian concert pianist Igor Chystokletov.

Evans said under Chystokletov’s guidance she successfully completed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Performance Diploma in 2012.

“In preparation for this I began hosting recitals and charity concerts in the Inspirato Concert Room, where I performed my performance diploma pieces along with piano performances by students,” Evans said. “Past recitals included piano duets with Igor, ensemble violin and choir performances.”

She will return to the Melbourne stage at the Breslin Art Gallery in Carnegie on November 22 from 4pm.

“I am lucky to have an interest that I can reach out to people from many cultures and backgrounds,” Evans said. “Music can take me anywhere and meet with anyone no matter their gender, age, religion or culture. Famous composers like Beethoven and Bach are international in their appeal.”

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