David heard Andre Tchaikowsky play a concert at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in the early 1980s. When Andre died in 1982, he bequeathed his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company in England to be used in Hamlet. And they accepted, and did use his real skull, at least for a while. This unusual act caught David’s attention.
Selflessly working for 38 years because of his fascination and respect for Tchaikowsky, David made a difference in many lives. Others took up the cause, leading to books, movies, and world premiers of Andre’s works.
David died unexpectedly from complications of heart surgery in August, 2020, a few days after his 78th birthday. Just as David brought a deserving artist to light, so do we want to recognize David for his pioneering work by holding a series of concerts in his memory. One will be at the Karlskrona International Piano Festival in Karlskrona, Sweden, on October 15, 2022, in the lovely performance venue at the Marine Museum. This will involve five or six musicians from various countries in Europe. The second will be a performance of Andre’s piano concerto with a major orchestra, probably in Sweden, commemorating both David and Andre.
A number of people are working on organizing the concerts, especially Anastasia Belina in Sweden, a dear friend of David, along with Eve Harrison in Great Britain. (David’s father immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1922.) For information about the Karlskrona International Piano Festival see https://www.anastasiabelina.com/karlskrona-international-piano-fest .
For all friends of David, for those who appreciate the musical genius of Andre Tchaikowsky, and for everyone who supports the recognition of deserving musicians, this is an opportunity to make these concerts a reality. Due to the worldwide pandemic, performance musicians have had limited opportunities to ply their craft. Therefore, our intention is to pay all musicians at the going rate for their performances and not ask them to donate their services. Thus, besides memorializing David, we will also be helping the musicians and, for that matter, the audiences which will be introduced to Andre Tchaikowsky’s music.
Please give to this fund rather than sending any other gift or memorial. Many thanks. Please note that this is a team effort, with numerous friends of David and Andre taking part. If you would like to be a team member to help promote this campaign, please contact Robert Ferre via the posted contact information. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
(Thank you to Rodolfo Villaplana for permission to make a graphic from his portrait of Andre Tchaikowsky.)
- Bunny & Glen Laden and Gould
- Amy Modjeski
- LARS HOWLETT
- Robert Ferre
- Anastasia Belina
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