April 15th, 6.00 pm
Steinway Hall, London,
Free admission, with drinks after the concert.
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op.
WED 8th April – 6pm
STEINWAY HALL, LONDON
J.S.Bach English Suite No4 in F major
J.S.Bach Toccata in D minor BWV913
Rachmaninov Sonata No2 in B flat minor
Aizhana Nurkenova, PIANO – “Exhilarating” – International Piano Magazine
Kazakh-born pianist Aizhana Nurkenova is active in many concert venues around the world and currently resides in London. Her recent performances include solo recitals in the UK, Italy and Kazakhstan and chamber recital appearances at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Juilliard School in New York City. Since she was appointed Soloist of the Kazakh State Philharmonia in 2009, Aizhana’s concerts in her home country are in high demand and regularly broadcast on the national channels ’Kultura’ and ’Khabar’.
Aizhana was 12 years old when she made her debut appearance with the Kazakh National Symphony orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto. Winner of several national and international competitions, Aizhana studied with the legendary Trio di Trieste (Italy) and at the Royal Academy of Music (London) under the guidance of Professor Hamish Milne. Aizhana gained the top mark in her Final Piano Recital and received First Class Honours and Distinction in Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Academy, where she was later awarded the Hodgson Piano Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award, the Bolashak Presidential Scholarship, the Gilling Family Scholarship and the Winifred Christie Trust Award, amongst others.
Aizhana’s masterful technique and rich musicality were praised in a wide range of repertoire. Whilst noted for her interpretations of the classic romantic composers, her special interest lies in the music of J.S. Bach. After winning the Harriet Cohen and Harold Samuel J.S. Bach Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2009, Aizhana has vastly expanded her repertoire of Bach and often gives recitals dedicated solely to the works of the great composer.
Aizhana is also a talented composer. She was seven years old when her mother discovered her composing at the piano, which led Aizhana to give an outstanding audition at the Special School for Gifted Children in her hometown of Almaty. Aizhana’s works have been performed in the UK, Kazakhstan, Italy and Australia, recorded on CD and broadcast on radio and television.
Costanza Principe at Steinway Hall with The Royal Academy of Music.
6pm Wednesday 18th March 2015.
L. van Beethoven: Variations in A major on a Russian theme WoO71.
L. Janacek: Sonata 1.x.1905.
R. Schumann: Sonata n. 1 op. 11 in F sharp minor.
Born in Italy in 1993, Costanza Principe started playing the piano at the age of six and graduated cum laude and with mention honourable in 2010 from Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan under the guidance of Vincenzo Balzani.
Winner of several national and international competitions, such as the Lilian Davies Prize from the Royal Academy of Music, the second prize at the Beethoven Society of Europe Intercollegiate Piano Competition, the second prize (first not awarded) at the Premio Pecar International Competition in Gorizia, Italy, and the second prize at the Concours International de Piano in Lagny sur Marne, she played her debut with orchestra in 2008 playing three Mozart Concertos with the Filaronici Europei Orchestra conducted by Aldo Ceccato.
She has appeared as a soloist with, amongst the others, the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe under the baton of Aldo Ceccato, the Orchestra del Teatro Coccia di Novara, and she played in many prestigious concert halls and festivals in Italy, England, France and South America such as Verdi Hall, Puccini Hall, Milan Auditorium, Piccolo Theatre, Milan State and Bocconi Universities, Fraschini Teathre in Pavia, Serate Musicali, Spazio Teatro 89, Lyceum in Florence Dal Verme Theatre in Milan, Steinway Hall in London,Teatro 1ro de Mayo in Santa Fe (Argentina).
In 2012 she took part in the Beethoven Sonatas cycle organised by the Giovine Orchestra Genovese in Genova, Italy, playing 5 sonatas on 3 different early 19th century fortepianos, and she performed again on the Royal Academy’s Piano Gallery early pianos for its first Summer Piano Festival in 2014.
This year started with Costanza’s orchestral debut in London, where she performed Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto op. 16 with the Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manuel Lopez-Gomez in the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music. Further engagements include recitals in England and Italy and, as she has been selected by the Kirckman Concert Society, a Wigmore Hall debut recital.
Her performances have been broadcast on Radio Classica and Italian TV; she also had masterclasses with Franco Scala, Pascal Devoyon, Boris Petrushansky, Leonel Morales, Jeffrey Swann, Vsevolod Dvorkin, Natalia Trull, Robert Levin, Alexander Lonquich, Peter Bithell, Steven Osborne, Hung Kuang Chen, and Marios Papadopoulos.
Winner of two consequent awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund in 2013 and 2014, she currently studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by the Liversidge Award and the Hilda Day Scholarship.
Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane. London. W1U 2DB
Hannah Harnest will be performing at Steinway Hall on Wednesday 11th March at 6pm.
The Program for the event is as follows:
C. Debussy (1862-1918) Piano Trio in G Major
I. Andantino con moto allegro
II. Scherzo – Intermezzo
III. Andante espressivo
VI. Finale – Appassionato
F. Schubert (1797-1828) op. 100
Piano Trio in E flat Major
II. Andante con moto
IV. Allegro moderato
Hannah Harnest (Young Steinway Artist) – piano
Michael Foyle – violin
Raphael Lang – cello
For the third year, Steinway and It’s All About Piano! Undress the king of all instruments in a masterclass on the art of piano tuning. Ulrich Gerhartz, master piano-tuner will show how a Steinway piano is prepared to reveal its majestic sound. As part of It’s All About Piano!, 29th March at the Institut français, London.
For more information: http://bit.ly/ArtofPianoTuning
The Keyboard Trust Prizewinners Series – Vitaly Pisarenko – Thursday 16 April 2015 at 7.30pm.
First Prize winner of the eighth International Franz Liszt Piano Competition.
BEETHOVEN – Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13 (‘Grande Sonate pathétique’)
RAVEL – Miroirs – Noctuelles; Oiseaux tristes; Une barque sur l’océan; Alborada del gracioso; La vallée des cloches
RACHMANINOV – Morceaux de fantaisie Op.3 – 1. Elégie; 3. Mélodie
PROKOFIEV Sonata No.6 in A major Op.82
Vitaly Pisarenko gave his first public recital at the age of six. His initial musical training was in Ukraine (in Kiev with Natalia Romenskaya and in Kharkov with Garry Gelfgat). From 1999 to 2012 he studied at the Central Music School and State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Yuri Slesarev. From 2009 to 2012 he also studied with Oxana Yablonskaya at her Piano Institute in Italy. Since 2012, Pisarenko has been studying with Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music. He completed his Master’s degree at the RCM (with distinction) in 2014, and is currently studying at the RCM for an Artist Diploma. He is an Emma Rose Scholar supported by a Kenneth and Violet Scott Award. He is also studying at the Piano Academy in Imola, Italy with Boris Petrushansky. In 2008 (aged 21) he won First Prize at the Eighth International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. Since then he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras and ensembles and as a recital soloist throughout the world.
This Wigmore Hall recital programme was chosen for its juxtaposition of different styles, characters and emotions which encompass much that is important in the development of the Romantic and post-Romantic piano repertoire. Beethoven’s famous Grande Sonate pathétique is a relatively early composition (Op.13, 1798) which adumbrates the direction that will be taken by his symphonies and some of the late piano sonatas. This arresting beginning is balanced by a polar opposite: Ravel’s piano cycle Miroirs, rarely heard in its entirety, with it’s rich impressionistic palette of unusual and mystical harmonies, transparent and illusory sounds. Midway in sound and style lie Rachmaninov’s ‘Elegy’ and ‘Melody’ – Nos.1 & 3 of the Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3. These pieces are amongst the most delightful miniatures in the essential piano repertoire: romantic creations of extremely beautiful melody and harmony. It would be difficult to imagine a greater contrast with the final work in the recital: Prokofiev’s Sonata No.6, the first of his triad of War Sonatas. This dramatic, tragic, defiant, and even sometimes grotesque composition of 1940 is imbued by the foreboding of the impending arrival of the Second World War upon Russian soil.
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Steinway Hall, London
44, Marylebone Lane – London W1U 2DB
18:00, Thursday 5th March 2015
JS Bach – English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
R Schumann – Humoreske, Op. 20
G Fauré – Nocturne no. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74 (1898)
Z Kodály – Dances of Marosszék (1927)
Steinway Artist Ben Schoeman is regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost pianists. He has won major prizes, including the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria (2008), first prize and gold medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, London (2009), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music (2011), the Ibla Grand Prize in Italy (2012) and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA (2013).
He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa in such prestigious concert halls as the Wigmore, Barbican, Cadogan and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Gulbenkian Auditorium in Lisbon, the Cape Town City Hall and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He has appeared at the City Of London, Edinburgh, Grahamstown, Ottawa and George Enescu Music Festivals and recently performed concertos by Ravel and Tchaikovsky with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London. His solo album, featuring works of Franz Liszt, has been released under the TwoPianists label.
Ben Schoeman studied with Joseph Stanford, Eliso Virsaladze, Michel Dalberto, Boris Petrushansky and Ronan O’Hora in South Africa, Italy and London. He is currently completing a doctoral thesis on the piano music of South African composer Stefans Grové at City University London/Guildhall School of Music & Drama – www.benschoeman.com
1.10pm Wednesday 11th February 2015
– Haydn Sonata in G major h.xvi no 40
– Schubert 4 impromptus D899
– Schubert/Liszt soirée de Vienne no 6
The recipient of the BeethovenRing from the Beethovenfest in Bonn in 2010, Teo Gheorghiu’s upcoming plans include Rachmaninov with Musikkollegium Winterthur for the New Year Gala Concerts at the Tonhalle in Zürich, Beethoven with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao and Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, chamber music in the Meisterzyklus Bern, recital tours of South America and Taiwan and his second disc for Sony (Liszt and Schubert).
Recent seasons have seen Gheorghiu perform with the Pittsburgh and Tokyo Symphony orchestras, the Luzerner Sinfonie Orchester and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. He has also given concerts with Sinfonieorchester Basel, Berner Sinfonieorchester the Philharmonie der Nationen, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Zürich Kammerorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Genèvre, and the Danish National and English chamber orchestras. Teo has appeared at Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, the Louvre Paris, the Lucerne, Verbier, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Dvořák Prague and Ohrid Festivals and regularly collaborates with the Carmina Quartet.
Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane. London. W1U 2DB
Pianist Ilya Kondratiev is currently studying for a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Professor Vanessa Latarche. He previously studied with the ‘People’s Artist of Russia’ Zinaida Ignatieva at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Victoria Soifer at Samara Musical College in Russia.
Since 2014 Ilya has been supported by the Henry Wood Trust and also became a scholar of the Future of Russia Foundation. Ilya has been awarded prizes at competitions such as The International Chopin Piano Competition in Hannover, Germany, the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary and Weimar, Germany, and the 5th Tbilisi International Piano Competition in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he was the recipient of the Grand Prix and five special prizes.
In 2011 Ilya was invited to participate in the Franz Liszt Piano Academy in Schillingsfürst, Germany, with Elisabeth Leonskaja and the Piano Academy Eppan in the South-Tyrol, Italy with Pavel Gililov. He has also participated in masterclasses with artists such as Paul Gulda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leslie Howar and Lang Lang amongst many others. Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician.
In 2009 he founded chamber music ensemble The Robert-Quintet which was awarded prizes at the 6th Stasys Vainunas Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania and the Premio ‘Vittorio Gui’ Chamber Music Competition in Firenze, Italy.
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