Steinway Hall Concerts
Gustavo Romero WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY at 6pm Programme Scarlatti Sonata
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY at 6pm
Sonata in G minor
Sonata in D minor
Emma Lou Diemer – Sonata No.3
Schubert – 2 Impromptus, D.899
Chopin – Ballade No. 1 in G minor,
Granados – Allegro de concierto
Longas – Aragon
Gustavo Romero is a world renowned Mexican-American pianist with an acclaimed reputation for his exceptional technical brilliance and interpretive depth. He has gained an international reputation for his in-depth exploration of a wide range of composers including complete cycles of the Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas. He has performed with many of the worlds leading orchestras and in the greatest performance venues including the New York Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra,Carnegie Hall and The Barbican. Mr. Romero has won many prizes, including first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland and the The Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mr. Romero is a Professor at the University of North Texas and is a Steinway Artist.
Trinity Laban WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY at 1.10pm
WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY at 1.10pm
Royal College Of Music
Royal College Of Music – Maria Kustas
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY at 1.10pm
D Scarlatti (1685–1757)
Sonata for keyboard in A major K 220 L 342 D Scarlatti
Sonata for keyboard in D minor K 213 L 108
Sonata for keyboard in D major K 29 L 461
Variations sérieuses in D minor op 54
Préludes Book 2, x Canope
Iberia, Book 1: Evocation, Book 2: Triana
Prizewinner of national and international competitions including the Delia Steinberg international piano competition and the Tunbridge Wells international competition, pianist Maria Kustas has performed across Europe. In 2007, Maria performed with the Moscow chamber orchestra “The Seasons”. She has taken part in festivals including the International Festival ‘Paris: City of Light’, the Mayfield Festival, and the Saint-Savin festival in France. In March 2014 Maria took part in a concert tour in Luxembourg and Germany as part of the EMCY project. In February 2017, Maria was grateful to receive a prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship.
Having graduated from the Central Music School of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory magna cum laude in 2013, Maria went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2017. She is now studying for a Master of Music in Performance degree at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev. Maria is a Linda Beeley Scholar supported by the Olive Rees Prize, William Mealings Award and is a Yamaha Award Scholarship Holder.
The Keyboard Trust
The Keyboard Trust – Adrian Brendle
WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY at 7pm
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) : Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, duration: 23 min
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Elias Corrinth (*1990) : Invocation, Intermezzo for Piano (UK premiere), duration: 5 min
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) : 13 Preludes, Op. 32, duration: 38 min
No. 1 in C major (Allegro vivace)
No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
No. 3 in E major (Allegro vivace)
No. 4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)
No. 5 in G major (Moderato)
No. 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)
No. 7 in F major (Moderato)
No. 8 in A minor (Vivo)
No. 9 in A major (Allegro moderato)
No. 10 in B minor (Lento)
No. 11 in B major (Allegretto)
No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)
No. 13 in D flat major (Grave – Allegro)
Adrian Brendle began studying piano at the age of six. At fourteen he began studying under concert pianist Professor Sontraud Speidel, and one year later he was admitted to the Pre-College of the University of Music Karlsruhe. While still attending school he successfully took part in numerous national competitions, inter alia the Robert Schumann competition for young pianists in Zwickau, where he won the first prize.
Upon completing grammar school he enrolled at the University of Music Karlsruhe. He graduated with distinction in 2014 and is now pursuing his postgraduate studies with Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music London.
Adrian has won several prizes in international competitions, among them the second prize at the Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, the third prize at the International Hans-von-Bülow-Competition in Meiningen, which was followed by debuts in Weimar and Berlin, and the first prize at the International Prof. Dichler Competition 2013 in Vienna. He also was a finalist in the 2016 Tallinn International Piano Competition.
As a concerto soloist Adrian has performed works from Beethoven to Rihm with the Karlsruhe Chamber Orchestra, the University of Music Karlsruhe Chamber Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmonic, Meininger Hofkapelle, Symphony Orchestra Bruchsal, Johann-Strauß-Orchestra Wiesbaden, the Estonian National Orchestra, the TAG Symphony Orchestra, the State Youth Orchestra Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Adrian is also a talented reorchestrator: he has performed his edition of Schumann’s A minor piano concerto for piano and strings with several orchestras. In addition to his work in Germany, he has performed in many cities including Vienna, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, London, Bristol, Timisoara, Damascus, Amman, Rabat, Tallinn and New York.
Chamber music plays an important role in Adrian’s musical activities. He has been coached by leading figures like Lied pianist Hartmut Höll, and chamber music experts Ralf Gothóni, Ian Brown and Adrian Brendel in this field. Furthermore, master classes with Christian Blackshaw, Alexander Braginsky, Bruno Canino, Cyprien Katsaris, Pascal Rogé, Jerome Rose, Natasha Vlassenko and Lilya Zilberstein have contributed to his artistic development.
Since 2011 Adrian has been a scholar of the renowned German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).
Royal Academy of Music WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH at 6pm
Royal Academy of Music
WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH at 6pm
The Keyboard Trust
The Keyboard Trust – Filip Michalak
WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH at 7pm
D.Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K1
D.Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K10
J.Haydn: Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob: XVI:34
Grazyna Bacewicz: Sonata II
F.Chopin: Sonata No 3 in B minor, op. 58
Filip Michalak is a young danish/polish pianist born in Aalborg, Denmark, and started playing the
piano at the age of 8 with Irina Amelina as his teacher. He won 2nd price at the Steinway Piano
Festival in Denmark (2006), followed by 3rd prize (2008) and 4th prize in 2012. He is also a first
prize winner in “Nordjyllands Talentkonkurrence” in 2013, 1st prize at “Stars at Tenerife” in Spain.
He was selected to the “13th Unisa International Piano Competition” (WFIMC) in Pretoria (South
Africa) in January 2016 and in November 2016 he got accepted to the James Mottram International
Piano Competition (WFIMC). In march 2017 Filip became a finalist of the “8th Nordic Piano
Filip has performed as a soloist in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland and in 2018 he
has been invited to perform a debut recital in the Steinway Hall in London (United Kingdom). In
2016 he performed an arrangement of M. Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano and
orchestra with Ingesund String Orchestra. In 2013 he played “Rhapsody in Blue” by G. Gershwin at
the opening ceremony of the new concert house “Musikkens Hus” in Aalborg and in May 2016 he
performed C. Franck A-major sonata together with his chamber music partner, Joachim Becerra
Thomsen (flute) at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen.
During his career, he has attended several masterclasses with well-known pianist and professors as
John O’Conor, Boris Berman, Sergejs Osokins, Ferenc Rados, Mikhail Voskresensky, Olli
Mustonen, Marianna Shirinyan, Alexander Ghindin, Alesandro Deljavan, Vitaly Berzon, Valentina
Lisitsa, Graham Scott and Peter Friis Johansson.
In 2013 he started at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in prof. Niklas Sivelövs
class. Later on in 2015 he received many scholarships to study abroad and is currently a student of
prof. Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist at Ingesund Musikhögskolan in Sweden and is simultaneously
doing his master-degree at Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Anders Kilström as his
Royal Academy of
Royal Academy of Music – Nikola Avramovic
WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH at 1.10pm
Transcriptions of Franz Schubert Lieder:
Der Müller und der Bach
Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 S 244/2
Ballade no 3 op 47
iii Une barque sur l’océan
10 Pieces op 12 Prokofiev
Nikola Avramovic is recognised as one of Serbia’s most talented young musicians. Here in London, he was recently awarded the Royal College of Music’s prestigious Benjamin Britten Fellowship for 2017/18 and he is continuing his studies at the RCM on the Artist Diploma course with Ian Jones and Ashley Wass.
After studies at the Belgrade Academy of Music with Professor Ninoslav Živković, Nikola was awarded an ABRSM Scholarship for Masters studies at the RCM where he has enjoyed success as soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and as 2nd prize winner in the Joan Chissell Schumann Piano Competition. He was also a finalist in the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
He has participated in masterclasses given by world famous pianists including Aleksandar Madzar, Ian Jones, Sofya Gulyak and Janina Fialkowska.
He has won first prizes at the EPTA Competition (2009 & 2010) and also at the Republic Piano Competition in Serbia (2009). He also won second prize at the International Competition in Nis (2007).
In 2013 and 2014, he was awarded the Katarina Acimovic scholarship and was a semi-finalist in Serbia’s Young Musician contest. In 2014 he was awarded a Yamaha Artist Scholarship. In 2015 he was awarded a special prize as the most promising pianist at Belgrade Music Academy.
Nikola has given many recitals in Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and also in the North of England as part of various festivals. He has appeared on Serbian TV and has recorded for Radio Belgrade.
Engagements for the forthcoming season include a recital in Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music, London and a performance of Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Trinity Orchestra of Harrow.
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