Rising Stars 2016 - Artist Feature - Matthieu Foresi

Matthieu Foresi - Piano

On February 27, 2016 at 7:30pm, Matthieu Foresi, one of four winners of the Richmond Music Festival Concerto Competition will be performing the first movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15.  In our weekly artist feature, we asked our youngest Rising Star to answer a few questions:  

How long have you been playing the piano?

I have been playing the piano for 7 years, since I was three and a half years old. Lucky to be born in a family of musicians my grandparents, Tanya & Victor Shevtsov, have been my mentors since the very beginning.

Why did you choose to play the piano?

Since my mom is a flautist and both of my grandparents are pianists, I heard flute and piano since I can remember. However I chose to play the piano because I was fascinated by the fact that a piano can play so many notes at the same time, both melody and harmony. The piano also has seven and a half octaves versus three to four octaves on most melodic instruments.

What other instruments do you play?

I only play the piano, but I also started composing recently. When I will be in grade 7 in school, I want to play the drums in the band.

Why did you choose to perform this concerto?

I have heard this concerto many times played by my grandparent’s students and on youtube. I liked it a lot, so I asked to play it. My most favourite part of the concerto is the cadenza.

What were the most challenging aspects of learning your concerto and why?  And how did you overcome them?

The most challenging part of learning this concerto was playing fast passages. I worked on these passages using different practicing exercises suggested by my piano teachers.

Who is your favourite composer and why?

My most favourite composer is Sergei Rachmaninov. I love how he artfully changes dynamics in his compositions. Rachmaninov composed mostly in minor keys, and minor keys are my favourite.

When you are not practicing the piano you are probably ______(Fill in the blank)________  

 When I am not practicing the piano I am usually composing, writing stories or playing video games.


Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
Richmond Pentecostal Church
9300 Westminster Highway Richmond, BC, V6X 1B1 Canada


Adult: $18.00
Senior/Student: $15.00
Children (under 13): $6.00

Advanced tickets can be purchased online or in person at Long and McQuade in Richmond (6760 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C2).

For detailed event information please visit: http://www.roca.ca/2015-2016-concert-season/2015/12/30/rising-stars