At the Vancouver Playhouse
The Vancouver Chopin Society presents Kyohei Sorita
The artistic find of the 18th International Chopin Competition, Kyohei Sorita’s playing at the competition touched the hearts of the Varsovian audience, and caught the ears of the discerning jury members, with his heartfelt and mature interpretations. He was awarded the silver medal, the highest prize for a Japanese-born pianist since Mitsuko Uchida’s second prize in 1970.
Since his outstanding performance in Warsaw, Sorita has been extremely busy, performing both in his native Japan and internationally. Anna Debowska, writing for the Gazeta Wyborcza, praised his performance of Chopin’s 1st piano concerto as being the highlight of the competition, “The ripe sound kept changing its colour, shape and weight.” From another writer covering the same event: “…one pianist…whose musical maturity, imagination, poetry, and technical prowess have fused seamlessly to blissful proportion. His name if Kyohei Sorita.”
A conductor as well as pianist, Sorita founded the Japan National Orchestra in 2019, a 17-member chamber orchestra.