If you think it always takes two hands to play the piano, think again. Or see for yourself, at Alliance Française of Madras, on September 8, when French artiste Maxime Zecchini will use only his left hand to play a few pieces in his 70-minute recital. Describing the Left Hand Repertoire (as it is known) as technically-challenging, the feted artiste says he is out to create a world record by bringing out 10 albums—anthologies of popular compositions—using only his left hand. Of these he has released six.
The Chennai concert will feature 10 pieces, including classical standards (think Mozart and Chopin) and transcriptions of popular songs and film music. “There will be a surprise for the audience at the end, too,” promises the 37-year-old, who began playing the piano when he was five. About his debut here, Zecchini says, “It’s my first time in India; I am very excited to play in this beautiful country.” Having just concluded his performance in Bengaluru, the concert marks the finale of his seven-leg tour of India.
“The idea of exploring the left hand repertoire came about 10 years ago,” explains the musician, who has directed musicals and orchestrated for TV shows in France. “This was when I first studied Ravel’s Concerto pour la main gauche,” he says, referring to the work by French composer Joseph Maurice Ravel, which was commissioned by a war veteran who had lost his right arm. The thrust of this technique is on the positioning of the fingers, their natural flexibility and its powerful range in the keyboard’s low notes, he says.
At 7 pm, Alliance Française. Entry free. Details: eventjini.com