Great days for Anton Kuerti

(Canscene) — It is Canada’s good fortune that one of our citizens ranks among the world’s great pianists. Two consecutive days in his life have just added to his reputation.

Last month, Kuerti’s son Julian, conductor of the Boston Symphony with Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto on the program featuring renowned pianist Leon Fleisher as soloist.
Laid low by a stomach flu on the afternoon of the performance, Fleisher was replaced by Anton Kuerti who just happened to be in Boston to hear his son that evening.

The very next day, Anton Kuerti was informed that he was chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of this year’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards to be presented in Ottawa in May.

Meanwhile Kuerti is scheduled to close Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts season. He performs Sonata No. 13 in E flat, Op. 27, No. 1, and the Diabelli Variations Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. at Willowdale United Church, 349 Kenneth Avenue (four blocks south of Finch, one block east of Yonge); and Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, (south of the R.O.M.; Museum subway). Tickets are $25; seniors and students, $20. For tickets and information, phone 416-587-9411, or visit

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