Helfgott will shine in Bellingen

Homecoming: David Helfgott is back home in time for another special guest appearance at the Bellingen Music Festival.
Homecoming: David Helfgott is back home in time for another special guest appearance at the Bellingen Music Festival.

HE has once again ‘shined’ on the international stage.

Bellingen’s famous concert pianist David Helfgott has returned from a triumphant European tour to again twinkle the ivories in his hometown.

The virtuoso will this week rehearse ahead of the Bellingen Music Festival on May 8 and 9.

His latest tour included Stuttgart, Salzburg, Linz and Istanbul with show-stopping performances of Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Liszt.

Now David’s focus has been busily rehearsing with the Bellingen Youth Orchestra and cellist Claudia Douglas for what promises to be an exciting event.

After a whirlwind visit for the festival, he will then be off again touring non-stop from July until December.

His wife Gillian says David maintains his heart is here in Bellingen and that he is thrilled to be able to fit in the time to be part of the upcoming event.

Also appearing at this year’s festival will be William Barton, Niki Vasilakis, Mark Walton, Nick Parnell, Emma Jane Murphy, Annalisa Kerrigan and Anthony Garcia.

Tickets are now on sale at and through a host of venues across the region.

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