Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Princess Irene wins ovation at debut as a pianist
Princess Irene of Greece "won a three-minute ovation" at her first London appearance as a concert pianist.
The princess' brother, the exiled King Constantine, was in the audience at the Royal Festival Hall to hear Irene perform "Bach's Concerto No. 2 with Greek pianist Gina Baucher. Irene's mother, Queen Frederika, and the Prince of Wales and his sister, Princess Anne, were also in the audience.
Only six years ago, Princess Irene, 26, was a "one-finger piano player." The princess and Miss Baucher were accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony, which is on a tour.
"Princess or not, she's more than adequate player," according to one music review. London's critics "appeared enthusiastic" over Irene's performance. The princess has been a student of Miss Baucher's "since she took up musically seriously."