When internationally-renowned pianist Alan Kogosowski recently needed oncology treatment, he came to Cabrini, the hospital that had cared for his parents throughout their lives.
Having lived all over the world throughout his musical career, the Melbourne-based pianist was in awe of the care he received. The nurses became friends, some even attending his concerts.
As a way of giving back to the hospital for the exceptional care he received, Kogosowski will perform a one-off appreciation concert, showcasing some of his favourite composers, including Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin in the Cabrini Malvern Chapel on Saturday 14 March.
“I want to shine the light on Cabrini, its staff and its world-class care,” Kogosowski said.
The pre-eminent Chopin specialist, has lived his life in the spotlight from an early age. At 13, he was a child prodigy and invited by Ed Sullivan to appear on his celebrated New York TV show, launching a musical career spanning more than 50 years.
He has performed across the world, from the United Kingdom and Europe to the USA, and for esteemed audiences, including members of the British Royal family. In 1999, he received a medal from the Vatican for his many all-Chopin concerts on behalf of charitable causes.
Cabrini has always been a special place for the pianist, where he has spent many moments at the bedsides of loved ones. But experiencing the hospital firsthand as a patient gave him a new appreciation of Cabrini, particularly of the doctors and nurses who cared for him while he was undergoing treatment.
“This is my way of giving back to the hospital that has given so much to me, showing my appreciation for the care I received and sharing my love of classical music,” Kogosowski said.
He said the hospital’s chapel was the perfect venue for a classical concert.
“The chapel has a beautiful shape, ideal for a concert, with magnificent acoustics, and I have wanted to perform there since I first saw it, more than 20 ago,” Kogosowski said.
Alan Kogosowski’s appreciation concert will take place on Saturday 14 March at the Cabrini Malvern Chapel from 6.30 pm.
Tickets are $75 per person, including sparkling wine on arrival, with all proceeds going towards Cabrini’s oncology services.