Struck by simplicity of sonata in Maple Ridge

Pianist Eliza Lim will play Mozart at Fall Piano Concert

(Clockwise from left) Nicole Lassetter

(Clockwise from left) Nicole Lassetter

Eliza Lim fell in love the first time she heard the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sonata in D major.

Usually, the 17-year-old classical pianist plays more extravagant classical pieces, her favourite composer being Chopin.

But what attracted her most to Mozart’s sonata was the simplicity of the music and the bright, happy energy of the first movement.

“It’s very simplistic, which creates the challenge. It’s interesting to play,” said Lim.

“It is difficult in a different way from most of my pieces. It’s quite technically difficult. It’s pretty fast paced, in the first movement. The second movement is a slower, more lyrical movement,” she continued.

Lin will be performing the piece at Dan Wardrope’s upcoming 18th annual Fall Piano Concert to raise money for Free the Children.

This will be her fifth concert. She has been performing the concerts since she was 12 years old.

“I like the atmosphere that the concert sets. It’s a very positive atmosphere and the audience is always welcoming,” said Lim.

She will be performing along with fellow classical pianists Andrew Croswell, Yu Yan Cheng, Yu An Cheng, Nicole Lassetter, Paul Westlund, Edward Liang and Lillian Zhang.

All Wardrope’s students are studying at a Grade 10 or ARCT level with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

This year’s program will include music by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and other 20th Century works.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than $25,000 for various charities.

The 18th annual Fall Piano Concert takes place Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Swan-e-Set Golf and Country Club in Pitt Meadows.