Moncton pianist Roger Lord recently received an exceptional invitation from Chinese television. He will be one of the guest artists on one of the big annual Chinese New Year Galas broadcast on TV in China. This is of course a remarkable opportunity and an immense honour for the NB concert pianist. This TV special will be seen by tens of millions of viewers.
Chinese New Year is the most important celebration of the year in China. In this country with a population of nearly 1.4 billion people, the broadcast of grand TV galas is an important annual tradition. The TV ratings of some Chinese New Year Galas reach 700 million viewers!
Through the years, Roger Lord has performed in numerous countries on six continents and this will be his 22nd visit to China. Hailed as “The Piano Prince of Canada” by the China Daily, Roger Lord recorded a CD entitled Chinese Treasures in the central studio of the China National Radio in Beijing during the summer of 2012 with the renowned Chinese CD producer Shen Yuanzhi and assistant producer Jeremy VanSlyke of McGill University. The release of this CD is planned for the beginning of 2013.
The NB pianist has regularly performed in prestigious concert halls such as the He Luting Hall in Shanghai and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing as well as in most major Chinese cities.
“This is a great honour for me and an exceptional recognition in China, it’s really extraordinary. I’ve been going to China on a regular basis for 13 years now. Consequently many people in the artistic community know me and it seems that they like what I do as a musician. I’m very happy to feel well appreciated in this huge country by such warm and generous people,” says Lord.
Roger will go to Beijing with his Shanghai agent and his Canadian assistant in January 2013 for the recording of the TV special in front of a live audience. This Chinese New Year TV Gala will be aired in China and other Asian countries on February 10th for the celebration of the arrival of the Year of the Snake.