The Chopin Project Spring Concert Series: Stories, Dedications & Inspirations

The Chopin Project Spring Concert Series: Stories, Dedications & Inspirations

With spring on the horizon, The Chopin Project® concert series follows its own blossoming path with two upcoming performances that include the Florida program debut of storytelling pianist Inna Faliks’ personal artist’s journey on March 25, and the return of the highly acclaimed duo, Rhiannon Banderdt and Matthew Graybil, in a compelling violin and piano duet, April 24.

The concert programs, which are free of charge to students, offer an opportunity for those of all ages and levels of interest to experience and indulge in the music composed by Chopin and other masters. Ticket Cost: $35/performance unless otherwise noted, with multiple concert subscriptions available. Morning and afternoon concerts are approximately one hour in length, evening performances approximately 1.5 hours. For ticket or other information visit:  or call 813.966.1933



Updated 2020 Concert Series Schedule


Wednesday, March 25

“Polonaise-Fantasie: The Story of a Pianist” | Pianist Inna Faliks

In her Florida debut of this program, Pianist Inna Faliks shares a hybrid of a piano recital and an autobiographical monologue, one she considers to be the most personal project she has ever done. “It is my hope that, in sharing my story, I offer audiences a glimpse into the life of a performing musician, as well as my own journey, one that has enabled me to become the artist I am today.”

Her story – a beautifully combined narrative and musical composition – chronicles her life’s path: her family’s emigration to America, her seminal early influences and her evolution as an artist. And it’s also her love story, as she is reunited as an adult with a childhood friend who is now her husband.

Church of the Redeemer
222 South Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
7:30 p.m. 

About the Artist: 

Inna Faliks performs for The Chopin ProjectInna Faliks, a spellbinding Ukrainian-born pianist with a glowing international reputation, has a long-standing practice of alternating musical interludes with the spoken word, taking on the form of narrative storytelling. “Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative and poetic artists of her generation. A Yamaha Artist and current professor and head of piano UCLA, Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire that have taken her around the world to some of the most esteemed venues.


Friday, April 24

“Dedications & Inspirations”

Following their enthusiastic Sarasota reception in 2018, internationally-acclaimed violinist Rhiannon Banderdt and world-renowned pianist Matthew Graybil return to combine extraordinary talents in a violin/piano duo performance, “Dedications & Inspirations.” Featuring the music of Beethoven, Chopin, Franck, and Mozart, the duo will also provide engaging backstories to some of the most beautiful and beloved works of the violin and piano repertoire, including the Franck Violin Sonata in A Major.

Church of the Redeemer
222 South Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
7:30 p.m.

About the Artists: 

Rhiannon Banerdt

Born in Los Angeles, violinist Rhiannon Banderdt made her solo debut at age 14 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Johannesburg, South Africa. Moving to Boston in her teens to attend the Walnut Hill school for performing arts and the New England Conservatory, Banerdt was eventually lured to New York by a new string quartet and to the CUNY Graduate Center for her doctoral studies in performance.

Currently on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music, Banerdt has also worked with CommunityMusicWorks in Providence, R.I., where she taught individual and group classes for disadvantaged youth. Her community service good works also include serving as an artist member of Music for Food, a nationwide musician-led initiative to fight hunger in local communities.

Rhiannon Banerdt and Matthew Graybil will perform for The Chopin ProjectMatthew Graybil

Praised by The New Yorker as an “exceptional young artist” and by The Southampton Press as “hypnotic and compelling,” American pianist Matthew Graybil has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Holland, and Mexico. He made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and has subsequently performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Chamber Players. He completed the master’s program at Juilliard and debuted his first album in 2012 featuring the works of Brahms and Schubert. Graybil’s second album, Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 10 has also been released on The Chopin Project label.

About The Chopin Project

Through its original sponsorships by University of Michigan’s acclaimed School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Copernicus Endowment and Frederick Slutsky Arts, The Chopin Project® began as a live-concert-and-symposium series in 2007. Through a series of nine concerts, renowned teacher and performer Arthur Greene and select members of his studio created a chronological traversal of Chopin’s solo piano repertory.

In the past 11 years, The Chopin Project has grown online to reach a worldwide community of music fans, students, and scholars – from the most casual to the most deeply committed. It now features a robust and growing series of live concerts from November through April each year with performances including student outreach events in Sarasota, Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, and newly added Asheville NC. For more information, visit

Photos courtesy of The Chopin Project

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