Steinway Hall Concerts
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.
The Keyboard Trust
The Keyboard Trust – Tomoki Sakata
WEDNESDAY 25 April at 7pm
L.v.Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.16 G major Op.31-1
-1st mov. Allegro vivace
-2nd mov. Adagio grazioso
-3rd mov. Rondo, Allegretto
F.Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole S.254/R.90
T.Takemitsu: Les yeux clos – In memory of Shuzo Takiguchi (1979)
A.N.Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5 Op.53
Japanese pianist Tomoki Sakata “demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and
expressivity” (Dallas Morning News) during the 2013 Cliburn Competition, earning him a
place among the top six finalists. Just 23 years old, he is building a reputation for a
“youthful overabundance of talent” that creates “its own visceral excitement” (Theater
In 2016, Mr. Sakata won the 1st Prize along with 6 special prizes at the International Franz
Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest by a unanimous vote.
He has made recital, chamber and concerto appearances throughout Europe, Asia, the
U.S.A and Africa, in such major Concert halls as Dvořâk Hall in Prague, Grand Hall of the
Liszt Academy in Budapest, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Salle Cortot in Paris,
Philharmonie de Luxembourg in Luxembourg, RSI Auditorium Stelio Molo in Lugano, and
Teatro Grande di Brescia in Brescia, as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Youngstown
Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, Lublin Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony,
Hungarian Radio Symphony, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Hungarian State Opera,
l’Orchestre Phiharmonique de Maroc, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Sendai
Philharmonic, and Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such conductors as
Leonard Slatkin, Vladimír Válek, Gergely Kesselyák, Balázs Kocsár, Randall Craig Fleisher
and Hikotaro Yazaki, as a chamber musician, working with the members of Tokyo Quartet,
and Brentano Quartet. His performances were broadcasted on the Radio and TV in
Switzerland (Radio Suisse Romande and Radio Svizzera Italiana), Russia (KulturaTV),
Czech Republic, Hungary, the U.S.A., Japan and many others.
He has appeared in numerous international music festivals, including the Brussels Piano
Festival, International Music Festival “Janáčkův máj” (Czech Republic), and the 12th
International Festival “Musical Kremlin” (Russia) at the invitation of Nikolai Petrov.
Born in Nagoya in 1993, Mr. Sakata began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began
improvising and composing at age 6. He has received private lessons by Paul Badura-
Skoda since the age of 16. In 2011, he was admitted as a youngest student of The Lake
Como International Piano Academy, where he has taken masterclasses with the music
prominent including Dimitri Bashkirov and Tamás Vásáry.
After study with Hideto Nishikawa and Kenji Watanabe at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts
and Music, he currently studies with Arie Vardi at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und
Medien Hannover in Germany.
Royal College of
Royal College of Music – Laura Farré Rozada
WEDNESDAY 16 May at 1.10pm
Musica Ricercata : Ligeti (1923–2006)
v Rubato. Lamentoso
vi Allegro molto capriccioso
vii Cantabile, molto legato
Makrokosmos Vol 1 : George Crumb (b 1929)
ii Proteus (Pisces)
iii Pastorale (from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca 10,000 BC) (Taurus)
viii The Magic Circle of Infinity (Moto Perpetuo) (Leo)
x Spring-fire (Aries)
xi Dream Images (Love-Death Music) (Gemini)
Gaspard de la nuit : Ravel (1875–1937)
ii Le Gibet
Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician specialising in contemporary music. She is currently based in London and studying for her Master of Music degree with Andrew Zolinsky at the Royal College of Music. She graduated from her studies at ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music) and UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) with several first class Honours and Distinction awards. In addition, she is highly interested in research and has written theses and articles on topics such as the existing links between mathematics and music, folklore in music and the piano repertoire from the 20th and the 21st centuries. Laura is exceptionally passionate about working with composers and has played for George Crumb, Philippe Manoury, Michael Finnissy and David Lang, among others. She has performed in Spain, France, Germany, Canada and the UK, and she will release soon her first solo album The French Reverie.
Royal College of
Royal College of Music – George Harliono
WEDNESDAY 6 June at 1.10pm
JS Bach (1685–1750)
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor BWV 848
Transcendental Étude no 11 in D flat major ‘Harmonies du soir’
Hungarian Rhapsody no 6 S 244/6
Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka
i Danse russe
ii Chez Pétrouchka
iii La semaine grasse
British pianist George Harliono was invited to make his first one hour long, solo recital at the age of nine and since then has performed in numerous locations both in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia, including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Chicago Symphony Centre and The Great Hall of The Moscow Conservatory.
He has been awarded prizes in many competitions throughout the world including The Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London, Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Utah and Dinu Lipatti Piano Competition in Bucharest.
A regular performer with orchestras including the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, Tyumen Philharmonic Orchestra and Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, George also performs alongside eminent artists such as Lang Lang and Denis Matsuev.
George studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche (Chair of International Keyboard Studies and Head of Keyboard, Royal College of Music in London) and travels to Switzerland to work with his mentor, renowned pianist Professor Vovka Ashkenazy and also his father Vladimir Ashkenazy. George also works closely with the Russian conductor Alexander Sladkovsky who has taken a personal interest in his development as an artist.
George began studying at the Royal College of Music for a Bachelor of Music on a full four year scholarship in September of last year. He is one of the youngest students ever to be accepted onto this course.
Upcoming engagements for this year include a concerto performance at the Berliner Philharmonie, performances with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra as well as a recital at the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan.
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