Grand piano fundraising concert

12 Feb, 2020

The grand piano of The Curaçao Museum has served its purpose well in the past during exhibition openings and many beautiful musical concerts.

Regretfully, it is not in such an excellent shape anymore and needs to be replaced. The opportunity arose to obtain an excellent ‘Schimmel’ grand piano and we are in the unique position that the owner of this grand piano kindly allowed us to accommodate it already whilst pursuing sponsorship(s) to acquire this grand piano.

In support of the acquirement of this ‘Schimmel’ grand piano, two fundraising concerts will be presented by local musicians, supported by special guests from abroad. Our goal is to keep this beautiful Schimmel grand piano at the Museum and organize many concerts from now on!

When you buy a ticket for the upcoming fundraising concert of February the 19th, you will help support The Curaçao Museum to become the owner of the grand ‘Schimmel’ piano, and you will undoubtedly enjoy a very special program with beautiful classical music!

For this occasion, Anna Rabinova, an international top violinist from the New York Philharmonic, who will be on holiday in Curaçao, has generously offered to contribute by playing various pieces with our local pianist Ilja Huang. 

In addition, soprano Vera Wolf will sing a few beautiful songs and the Curaçao Wind Ensemble will contribute with an appealing quartet performance !

The concert will take place in the “West-Indische Zaal” of The Curaçao Museum.
The doors will open as of 18:30 hrs.
The concert will start at 19.00 hrs.
The duration of the concert is 60-70 minutes. 

Tickets @ NAf. 80.00 are available for purchase online via the website of Caribbean Ticketshop: https://caribbeanticketshop.com or at Mensing’s Caminada, Fun Miles Office, Pleincafé Wilhelmina and Van den Tweel Supermarket. You may also use your Fun miles to pay for your ticket (s).
Please note that it will not be possible to reserve seats and tickets.

As the number of seats is limited we invite you to buy your ticket(s) timely!

Bites and snacks are complimentary and drinks will be available for purchase.

The musicians

Anna Rabinova (violin)

Top violinist Anna Rabinova performs nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist. She joined the New York Philharmonic in 1994, two years after having arrived in the United States from her native Russia; in the 2008–09 season she was a soloist with the Orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, led by Lorin Maazel.

Anna Rabinova was born in Moscow and performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s Violin Concerto, and Paganini’s Violin Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony at the age of 13, later studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Leonid Kogan and Igor Bezrodnyi. She was a first-prize winner at the 16th International Violin Competition in Belgrade, in addition to winning the Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and the 1993 Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School. She has taught at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, the Manhattan School of Music, and LaGuardia High School, in addition to giving master classes in the U.S. and abroad.

More information on Anna can be found at her website, including several YouTube links where you can admire her playing. https://annarabinova.com/watch

Vera Wolf (soprano)

Vera was born in Vladivostok, Russia, and graduated with a Masters degree in vocal arts from the Far East Academy of the Arts, and was recognized for her participation in international vocal competitions. After completing her studies, Vera worked as a vocalist for the Classical Opera Theater of Vladivostok, and the Primorskiy Kray Philharmonic. She debuted as Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, as well as the roles of Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Vera has made frequent solo appearances and toured regularly, a.o. in China, Germany, Sudan and the USA. She is a coloratura soprano, a category of voice known for its filigreed style, which requires a refined and agile technique. Vera came to live in Curaçao a few months ago and will participate in more concerts in the near future. She also gives singing lessons.

Ilja Huang (piano)

Ilja has a piano soloist degree from the Conservatory of Enschede (NL), and is also specialized in chamber music. Together with the Curaçao Art Circle she organizes concerts regularly. Last year she was the driving force behind three ‘musical triptychs’: ‘Music & Art’, ‘Opera per Tutti’, and ‘Latin & Caribbean Classics’, and the very popular Family Christmas and Sing-along that is held in December each year. Invited by the Palm Music Foundation, she performed in a prestigious Latin/Caribbean chamber music concert in the Palace Church in The Hague (NL) last year. She will do so again later this year in Amsterdam.

Curaçao Wind Ensemble

A musical ensemble consisting of five musicians, four of whom will be performing at this concert: Judy Sprock (flute), Andrew Solomon (oboe), Hein van Maarschalkerwaart (clarinet) and Enid Lucasius (bassoon). Hein will also play in a Schubert piece for soprano, clarinet and piano. Hein studied clarinet and bass clarinet in Amsterdam. After that he played in numerous orchestras, among others the “Hoofdstad Operette”, the Bernstein Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra and in many chamber music ensembles. In addition, he taught clarinet at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum.

The Curaçao Museum and the musicians welcome you to their Grand Piano Fundraising concert on Wednesday February the 19th at 18.30 hrs!