Described by The Classical Reviewer as being in possession of, “a sublime poetic vision”, we are delighted to welcome the fantastic Maria Razumovskaya as the latest Steinway Artist. A highly experienced performer in London and around Europe, we look forward to working with Maria over the coming years.
Formerly a Young Steinway Artist, Vanessa Benelli Mosell has graduated to become a Steinway Artist. Everyone here at Steinway & Sons UK would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Vanessa, an incredibly talented pianist whom we are all very excited to work with going forward.
Tomorrow (15th June), we will be hosting a performance from the supremely talented Jason Bae at Steinway Hall. Admission is free, call us on 020 7487 3391 to reserve your space.
18-20 March at the Institut français, London
From 18 to 20 March, the Institut français will bring you It’s All About Piano!, a festival featuring recitals, interactive plays, workshops, masterclasses and kids activities. Rising stars and greatest pianists alike – including Joanna MacGregor, Alexei Lubimov, Bruce Brubaker, David Kadouch, Adam Laloum – will enchant with all styles of piano music, from the classical repertoire to jazz performances.
Ruya Taner/ Dincer Ozer Piano and Percussion recital – Tuesday 9th June 18.30h. STEINWAY HALL, LONDON. FREE ADMISSION
Ulvi Cemal Erkin: Zeybek (arranged for percussion by D. Özer)
Robert Schumann & Franz Liszt: Widmung
Franz Liszt: Il Sospiro
Kamran Ince: Gates (arranged for percussion by D. Özer)
Sergey Lyapunov: Lesghinka
Nazim Hidayetoglu: Song (arranged for percussion by D. Özer)
Claude Debussy: Reflets dans L’eau
Fazil Say: Kumru
Sayram Akdil: Piano pieces Nr 6 (arranged for percussion by D. Özer)
Ruya Taner, acknowledged as one of Turkey’s new generation of leading concert pianists, is originally from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. After her musical training with her father, she studied briefly with Mithat Fenmen and Tulga Cetiz at Ankara State Conservatoire. At the age of 11 she was awarded a state scholarship to go to London. She studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining the rarely awarded AGSM and ARCM concert recital diplomas. Since her London debut at Wigmore Hall, she has toured almost 60 countries developing her concert career and promoting both Turkey and Northern Cyprus as a state artist.
John Humphreys & Allan Schiller – 6pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015 – Steinway Hall
Mozart: Variations in G major, K.501
Schubert: Fantasie in f minor, D.940
Ravel: Suite ‘Mother Goose’
1. Pavane of Sleeping Beauty
2. Tom Thumb
3. Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas
4. Conversation of Beauty and the Beast
5. The Fairy Garden
Dvorak: Three Slavonic Dances, Op.46 ( No.1 in C major, No.2 in e minor, No.8 in g minor)
John Humphreys was born in Liverpool and studied with Henryk Mierowski and later with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1967 he was awarded one of four scholarships by the Austrian Government to study in Vienna and on his return to this country made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1972 with Busoni’s rarely heard ‘Fantasia Contrappuntistica’. Since then he has appeared throughout the country as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. In 1975 he performed the cycle of Mozart piano sonatas in London and elsewhere and has given many performances of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’. John was Assistant Head of Keyboard Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire until 2009. He is also Chairman and Artistic Advisor to the Dudley International Piano Competition. In 1998 he was awarded the ARAM for ‘his distinguished contribution to music’.
Allan Schiller is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest pianists. Born in Leeds he studied initially with Fanny Waterman making his debut at the age of ten in a Mozart concerto with the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli. He later studied with Denis Matthews and became the first British pianist to be awarded a scholarship to study at the Moscow Conservatoire under Viktor Merzhanov. After further study under Guido Agosti in Italy he returned to this country and rapidly established a reputation as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation with solo appearances throughout the country and concerto performances with all the major UK orchestras and the BBC Symphony Orchestras, working with a number of distinguished conductors including Sir George Solti, Bernard Haitink, Norman del Mar, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Sir Charles Mackerras Allan has a particular reputation as a Mozart player ‘par excellence’. He has made countless broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and recorded a number of highly regarded cds including Mozart concerti with Sir Charles Mackerras and Elgar and Bridge piano quintets with the Coull String Quartet.
Allan and John have been playing as a piano duo for over thirty years. They have recorded Busoni and Schubert for Naxos and on 26th January 2006 were invited by Wigmore Hall to present a recital on the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. In addition to BBC Radio 3 broadcasts they have played throughout the UK and more recently have played in Iceland. Their programmes cover a wide repertoire of piano duo music ranging from J.C Bach to the contemporary scene but with a particular emphasis on the great works of Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, Debussy, Brahms and Dvorak. They also work together as a two piano team in an exciting and eclectic repertoire.
Mengyuan Xun – 6pm Wednesday 20th May 2015 – Steinway Hall
Leoš Janáček Sonata 1.X.1905
Thomas Adès Darknesse Visible
Leoš Janáček They Chattered Like Swallows (From On an Overgrown Path)
Leoš Janáček The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away! (From On an Overgrown Path)
Maurice Ravel Oiseaux tristes (From Miroirs)
Louis-Claude Daquin Le Coucou
Sofia Gubaidulina The Little Tie (From Musical Toys) The Little Tie (From Musical Toys)
François Couperin Le Rossignol en amour
Harrison Birtwistle Oockooing Bird
Olivier Messiaen Le traquet stapazin (From Catalogue d’Oiseaux)
Mengyuan Xun was born in 1991 in China and began to study the piano at theage of four with Hongyan Cao, and later with Chun Pan and Xiao Luo in Beijing and Shanghai. She was invited to perform in numerous of master classes and achieved many successes in competitions in China, including 1st prize in the First Chinese Children Arts Festival, the Tenth XingHai piano competition and 3rd prize in the Sixth International Piano Open Competition of YMCA- YWCA, etc.
In 2009, Mengyuan started to study in the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and then Joanna MacGregor. Mengyuan has a good understanding of a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. She was awarded the Alfred Knight Scholarship and Jean Ginsburg memorial Foundation at the academy. During her studies in London she participated in many concerts in China and UK, such as the ‘Meet at Meridian’ concert series at King’s College, in University of Oxford, duo performance in the ‘UK Chinese New Year Gala’ and the QILU Culture Chamber of Commerce at Kings Place. She has also performed in the Lennox Berkeley “Musical Cabinet” organized by The Lennox Berkeley Society and BBC Radio 3. She was the winner of Janet Duff Greet Prize, Christian Carpenter Prize and Nancy Dickinson Prize. She has had many successful piano recitals in venues such as St. James Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, etc. She will graduate MA in piano performance in July 2015.
We regret to inform you that the concert on the 19th May with Zoya Shuhatovich has been cancelled due to health reasons.
Steinway Hall, Wednesday 13 May 2015, 1.10pm
Royal College of Music presents: Luka Okrostsvaridze
Fantasy, Op. 17 – Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Prelude, Op. 3 – Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2 – Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Luka Okros (Okrostsvaridze) was born in Georgia, where he participated in many concerts, master classes, festivals and competitions. He is a winner of the Award of the President of Georgia. Following the advice of Vladimir Spivakov Luka moved to Russia to study. The Spivakov Foundation, Helena Roerich Foundation and Mikhail Khubutia, President of the Union of Georgians in Russia, continue to support him.
After graduating from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he was under the tutelage of Professor Sergei Dorensky, Luka moved to London. He is currently studying for a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher, where he is generously supported by a Ruth West Scholarship and a Stanbridge Drake-Brockman Award.
Luka has performed in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Canada. In 2009, he gave his debut recital in Carnegie Hall, New York with Daniil Trifonov, Yury Revich and Narek Arutyunian.
Winner – Tbilisi International Piano Competition for youth 2003 (Georgia)
Laureate – Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition 2010 (Ukraine)
Winner – Almaty International Piano Competition 2011 (Kazakhstan)
Special Prize Winner – UNISA International Piano Competition 2012 (South Africa)
Winner – The Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2014 (United Kingdom)
Winner – Piano Campus International Competition 2015 (France)
Winner – Chappell Medal Competition 2015 (United Kingdom)
Winner – Tillet Trust Award 2015 (United Kingdom)
Semi-finalist Prize Winner – Maria Canals International Competition 2015 (Spain)
ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC
Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music is one of the world’s leading conservatoires, with distinguished alumni including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Roger Norrington, and pianists such as Barry Douglas, Piers Lane and John Lill. Gifted musicians from all over the world are trained by professors with worldwide reputations, gaining international careers as performers, conductors and composers, and many RCM graduates are now at the forefront of the music scene.
Activities at the College include opera productions, symphony orchestra concerts, chamber and solo performances and masterclasses, many of which are open to the public. For further details, please contact the RCM Box Office on 020 7591 4314 or visit www.rcm.ac.uk. To receive monthly e-listings of RCM events please go to www.rcm.ac.uk/subscribe.
RONAN MAGILL – TUES 12 MAY, 6 STEINWAY HALL LONDON. FREE ADMISSION.
“Modlitwa” (“Prayer”) Roxanna Panufnik (1968 – )
Sonata No.21 in C major Op.53 – “Waldstein” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio;
Introduzione: Adagio molto
Rondo: Allegretto moderato
“Cloches à travers les feuilles” from “Images” Book 2 – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
“Lamentation for the Sea Dead” – Ronan Magill
Poème Op.32 No.1 – Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Mazurka in C sharp minor Op.30 No.4 – Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Etude in F major Op.10 No.8 – Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23 – Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Ronan Magill (born Sheffield, UK, 1954) is a British concert pianist and composer. Born to Irish parents in Sheffield, Ronan Magill was a pupil at Ampleforth College, the prominent Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire. Having begun to study with Fanny Waterman, he met Benjamin Britten, who, impressed by his abilities, became the young Magill’s mentor “I was amazed at his general musicality and intelligence and his is a remarkable gift”. This relationship lasted until Britten’s death in 1976.
Magill was among the first intake of students at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he was taught by Marcel Gazelle. As a student at the Royal College of Music, Magillstudied with David Parkhouse and John Barstow (piano) and Philip Cannon (composition). While at the College, he was awarded all the major prizes for both disciplines, finally graduating with the Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano and the Cobbett prize for composition.
After his Wigmore Hall and South Bank debuts in 1974, Magill moved to Paris to study with Yvonne Lefebure at the Conservatoire; while there, he won the Premier Prix for piano, and in the years that followed made a number of appearances on French radio and television. His later teachers include Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Pierre Sancan and Nikita Magaloff.
In 1985 Magill was the winner of the First Milosz Magin International Piano Competition for Polish Music (this led to a well-received tour of Poland); in 1990 he was chosen to assist Mstislav Rostropovich in the preparations for his Jubilee concert. Magill’s second international competition victory was in 1994, when he won the Third British Contemporary Piano Competition. This led to appearances throughout the UK, including one at the 1995 Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival, where he performed with the English Northern Philharmonia conducted by Paul Daniel.
Since then he has given recitals at the South Bank, and concerto performances with the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, recitals at the South Bank, concertos with the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, and recitals at the Lichfield and Abbotsbury Festivals and the AL Bustan Festival in Beirut. In 1999 Magill performed Mozarts Piano Concerto K595 with the Belmont Ensemble at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In recent years, Ronan Magill has visited the Canterbury and Deal Fesivals (2004), and made his first appearance in Japan (2005).
He has been invited back to Japan every year since, appearing throughout the country (Yamanashi Prefecture 2007), (Fukuoka, Miyazaki 2008), (Nagoya, Hammamatsu, Yokohama 2010), with particular success in the Tokyo National Museum, Metropolitan Hall Tokyo and Minatomirai Hall Yokohama (2007), Bunka Kaikan Hall Tokyo (2010), Kioi Hall Tokyo (2012). In 2014 Ronan Magill was invited to be guest professor and lecturer at Ferris University in Yokohama. During this time he also performed at London’s Wigmore Hall (2010), made his American debut with Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto in Lubbock Texas (2010), and performed twice at London’s Cadogan Hall with Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ (2012), and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Concerto (2014). He is booked to perform in Japan in May and September 2015.