Noted pianist to give concerts in Taiwan


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Richard Clayderman, reputed as the Prince of Piano Forever, will arrive in Taiwan Monday to stage three concerts this week, during which he will perform two classic songs for President Ma Ying-jeou, organizers said Sunday.

The organizers said during the concerts to be held in Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung, Clayderman will perform “Corazon de Nino” (Heart of a Child) and “Let the Sunshine In,” to encourage Ma to embrace natural human kindness and lead Taiwan into a brighter future.

Clayderman, a French pianist, toured Taiwan in 2006, the organizers said, adding that Ma not only attended his concert then, but also gave him two books as souvenirs.

The organizers further said that they have arranged for around 200 local children from disadvantaged families to attend Clayderman’s concerts.

Clayderman, also known as the Prince of Romanticism, has released numerous albums, including renditions and arrangements of popular music, French chansons, and popular piano works of Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.

Most of his recordings focus on popular music in general and orchestral arrangements of well-known romantic songs in particular, such as “Yesterday,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Memory.”