David has concertized throughout the United States and Europe, Russia, Canada and Mexico. He is as convincing in Bach, Mozart or Beethoven as in Liszt or Rachmaninoff, but he is perhaps best known for his stunning renditions of the 19th-century Romantics, particularly Chopin.
In the Chopin International Piano Competition in 1975, he was selected to perform at Chopin’s birthplace (Zelazowa Wola) and the Polish press reported that “the most thunderous and well-deserved applause of the entire splendid assembly was accorded to David Syme. Not in a very long time has there come forth such an outstanding artist whose knowledgeable playing has so taken by storm the rapt attention of the public.”
Jame Roy of Broadcast Music International (BMI) had this to say about Syme’s recording of the Chopin Concerto No.1: “His performance is the closest I have heard in technique, style and expression to the legendary interpretations of such masters of the past as Josef Hoffman, Arthur Rubinstein and Alfred Cortot.”
Recorded in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Freeman, Conductor.
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