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Posted : 2009-09-27 17:20
Updated : 2009-09-27 17:20

Maksim Mrvica Returns to Seoul


Croatian crossover pianist Maksim Mrvica returns to South Korea to perform for fans Oct. 11 at Seoul Arts Center. The concert will feature classical pieces in addition to the artist's signature electronic music. / Courtesy of GENI World
By Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

He comes with a storm ― pianist Maksim Mrvica wowed South Korean fans in March in a performance akin to a rock concert, and returns next month for something mellower but that is expected to be no less electric.

The upcoming recital on Oct. 11 at the Concert Hall of Seoul Arts Center will forgo the special stage effects, lighting and video screens that usually accompany his fiery electronic crossover tunes. The 34-year-old will appear alone with the piano for a repertoire featuring classical numbers in addition to his signature classical-pop.

The tall, darkly handsome Mrvica was actually classically trained. He began striking the keys at age nine amid the war-torn backdrop of Croatia, and his hushed practice sessions took place in an underground bomb shelter.

He nevertheless emerged as a young talent to watch out for by championing international music events, including the 1993 Zagreb, 1999 Rubinstein and 2001 Long-Thibault. But instead of walking the conventional path of a classical concert pianist, he crossed over to electronica under the wing of Mel Bush, who produced crossover musicians such as Vanessa Mae and Bond.

Mrvica will wrap up his world tour in Seoul with a program of Chopin, Mozart and Brahms. The second part of the recital will feature some of his popular crossover tracks including ``Exodus,'' ``Bohemian Rhapsody'' and ``New World Concerto.''

Tickets cost from 33,000 to 110,000 won. Call (02)548-8690.

hyowlee@koreatimes.co.kr

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