November 18, 2015
RAPHAEL ALEXANDRE LUSTCHEVSKY – 18TH NOVEMBER
I.J. Paderewski: Cracovienne Fantastique
Chopin: Polonaise in A major, Op.40 “Military”
Berceuse in D flat major Op.57
Barcarolle in F sharp minor Op.60
M.de Falla: Two Spanish Dances from the ballet “La Vida Breve”
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky commenced his international career at
the age of 16 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Festival Hall in Osaka. Since his debut he has performed throughout the world, his talents taking him to North and South America, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, South Africa and most countries in Europe. Since 2001 listed as a Steinway Artist on the “Steinway & Sons Artists’ Roster” in New York featuring the world’s finest pianists.
Lustchevsky is one of the most prominent disciples of Professor Andrzej Jasinski (president of the jury at the Int’l Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and teacher of Krystian Zimerman) at the “Karol Szymanowski” Academy of Music in Katowice/Poland where he graduated with the Master’s Degree in Performing Arts. He pursued his musical training at the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola, Italy, and completed postgraduate studies, Konzertexamen, at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany, receiving his PhD in 2001 under the guidance of Maestro Lazar Berman. Maestro Alexis Weissenberg also lent significant influence to the development of his artistic personality.
The artistry of Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky has been recognized by several international competitions such as the Clara Schumann in Germany, Maria Canals in Spain, Luis Sigall in Chile and the UNESCO International Piano Competition Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest, Romania, where he was awarded the Grand Prix. His artistic endeavours have also been rewarded with many other distinctions and scholarships.He has appeared at many renowned international music festivals: the Lucerne Festival and Pianoforte a Bellinzona in Switzerland; International Chopin Festival in Poland; the Schleswig-Holstein and Oranienstein in Germany; Carlisle International Summer Festival in the U.K., Sarayevo Winter in Bosnia, Lipatti Festival in Romania; l’Octobre Musicale in Tunisia; Festival Cervantino in Mexico, Chopiniana Festival in Buenos Aires and numerous other musical events of this kind in Europe and rest of the world.
As an active recording artist, Maestro Lustchevsky has made numerous music recordings for Polish Radio, Swiss Classical Radio (DRS2), Radio Slovenia, National Public Radio in USA, Australian Broadcast Corp. in Australia, Fujisankei Group in Japan, to name just a few. His 9 CD’s have been released by Japanese, Polish, Swiss, and German labels, including Polish Radio, Montblanc, Pony Canyon, DUX. Throughout his career, he has been performing at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Palais des Nations in Geneva, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Palau da Musica in Barcelona, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio de Janeiro, Salon Dorado in Buenos Aires, Teatro Solis in Montevideo.
Raphael has a diverse repertoire of more than 30 concertos for piano and orchestra. He also performs modern Polish concertos, such as the one dedicated to him by K.Debski (1997). His artistic path has been marked with appearances with some leading orchestras in Poland and abroad, such as the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, Krakow Philharmonic, Festival Strings Lucerne, Staatskapelle Weimar, Philharmonie der Nationen (Hamburg), NSO of Romania, NSO of Malaysia, Johannesburg Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Montevideo, NSO in Brasilia and many others.
Hailed as one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, maestro Lustchevsky is an accomplished pedagogue. In 2003, he has been appointed Honorary Professor to the National University of Costa Rica. He has become a guest professor and lecturer at Sydney University Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University in Brisbane, National University in Brasilia, Music Conservatoriums in Buenos Aires, Lima and Montevideo, National Music Institutes in Algiers and Panama-City, as well as in Bangkok, Jakarta, New Delhi and in numerous master courses.
Considered an expert interpreter of Fryderyk Chopin’s works, in 2011, he inspired and created an International “F.Chopin” Piano Competition for South America in Lima, Peru becoming its President and jury member. In 2014, he also shaped the National Chopin Piano Competition in Ecuador becoming its Artistic Director.