When you can’t go to a UMST concert – let the concert come to you
Spring is always a busy time for concerts – the nice weather entices people to leave their winter-weary homes and head out to listen to music that can lift the heart and soul. The Uxbridge Music Scholarship Trust had such a concert planned for Sunday, May 3 – a solo piano recital featuring 2019 scholarship winner Annika Fabbi. Unfortunately, public recitals are a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Fabbi still wanted to present all she had worked on over the past year to the Uxbridge community. To this end, Fabbi recorded her full recital program this past weekend, on April 25, and has made the performance available on YouTube. It can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY5MF7Mf1f8 or by searching on YouTube for “Annika Fabbi.”
Her recital program covers a wide range of piano styles and repertoire, from Baroque to the 20th century masterpiece Danzas Argentinas by South American composer Alberto Ginastera. Beethoven also takes centre stage, as 2020 celebrates the 250th anniversary of his birth. Fabbi performs the “Pathétique” sonata and a set of 4-hand variations.
Fabbi is well-known in Uxbridge musical circles. She performed regularly at the Sunderland Lions Music Festival and is a three time winner of the Ross Piano Award, given to the advanced piano student showing the ‘greatest potential for further piano study.’ She began her piano studies in Uxbridge with Susan Hall, and also studied with Reg Miller of Markham and Clayton Scott of Toronto.
Fabbi was also a leader in the Uxbridge Secondary School music department, and, in addition to her solo pursuits, regularly performs four-hand piano repertoire, is a soprano with the University of Ottawa Choral Ensemble, and is a first clarinet with the Uxbridge Community Concert Band.
Last year, Fabbi received an ARCT diploma in Piano Performance from Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.
Fabbi is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Ottawa and is one of only two first-year students accepted into the studio of David Jalbert, a prominent Canadian piano soloist.