Clinton demonstrated more great skill in teaching, communication and patience beyond his years as a piano instructor; teaching my own daughter among many others. His enthusiasm for music was always contagious. He set high standards and helped students achieve them. I saw my daughter literally learn twice as much in half the time as compared to her previous instructor.
Denoni grew up in the eastern Fraser Valley and is no stranger to the local concert scene, having performed with the CMSO as a winner of the John van Liempt Memorial Young Artist Competition in 2007. This time around, with a Master of Music Degree in piano performance and a growing reputation as one of the top pianists in the country, Denoni will spellbind the audience with Bach’s Toccata in D major.
It was Denoni’s piano flourish on Etude, Opus 8 by Alexander Scriabin brought everyone back down to Earth from Holst’s Jupiter-Bringer of Jollity. Then the young UVic talent switched centuries and tempo with Alexina Louie’s Memories of an Ancient Garden, the only Canadian work in the program.There is a sublime feel to this atonal piece of Louie’s, enhanced by the pianists’ strumming of the piano wires as part of the piece. In the midst of music overflowing with emotional expression, this was a garden of Zen-like tranquility.Denoni returned to the stage in the second half to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. A standing ovation brought him back a third time and he played an encore of Etude Opus 25 by Frederic Chopin.
My best chance to observe Clinton has been as he has taught piano to two of my daughters. He has a talent of blending fun and hard work, challenging them to push themselves but enabling them to enjoy it. His knowledge of both music theory and the practical application of it has had tremendous results in their own growth and proficiency in piano. His passion for piano and for music in general is contagious, and has greatly motivated my daughters in their own musical studies. On more than one occasion they have seen him play in public and come away amazed and with a great desire to ‘...play like Clinton one day.’