SHOSTAKOVICH & PROKOFIEV
1st concert in the PIANO CONCERTO series
Suite from The Love for Three Oranges (L’amour des trois oranges), Op. 33a
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65
DENIS KOZHUKHIN piano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Pianist Denis Kozhukhin, winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, to perform in Estonia for the first time.
Denis Kozhukhin has been praised for his masterfully formed interpretations, which are expressive and inspired, with perfect phrasing and dynamics. “So poised: his sense of rhythm, his sense of space between the notes, his puckish sense of humour… the whole disc… is unalloyed pleasure.” (BBC Radio 3).
Originally from Nizhny Novgorod, Denis Kozhukhin has made his way up to the most reputable concert halls. He has won the Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition (2006) and the First Prize at the Vendome Prize Competition in Lisbon (2009). However, his career really got going after winning the First Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2010), which was followed by performances in famous festivals and prestigious concert halls all over the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Herkulessaal in Munich and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
The orchestra will be conducted by ENSO’s former principal conductor Nikolai Alexeev who has been working closely with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra for years. Besides conducting all of the major symphony orchestras of Moscow and St. Petersburg, he has also conducted numerous orchestras outside Russia and given concerts in Europe, Japan and the United States.
* Lunchtime concert (duration 1 hr) at 1 pm
Sergei Prokofiev. Excerpt from Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
Dmitri Shostakovich. Excerpt from Symphony No. 8 in C minor
DENIS KOZHUKHIN piano, ENSO, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Concerts are produced by ENSO
Presented by Liviko
For the first time, the ENSO concert series also include a special treat for all piano music lovers.
Denis Kozuhkhin, a pianist from Nizhny Novgorod, who has made his way up to the world’s most reputed concert halls, has won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition among many other awards. He now works with the world’s top orchestras and conductors. In Tallinn he will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
The young Estonian pianist, Auli Lonks, became known to Estonian audiences when participating in the first season of the TV show “Klassikatähed” (Classical Stars). She recently won first prize at a competition of instrumental soloists at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Symphony Orchestra. With ENSO and the EAMT Symphony Orchestra she will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
Born in Kharkiv and currently living in New York, Anna Shelest has been praised by the New York Times for her “fiery sensibility and warm touch” in piano playing, as well as for her excellent sense of partnership with an orchestra. In Tallinn she will perform Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with ENSO, conducted by Neeme Järvi.
The piano concerto with an intriguing title “Century Rolls” by the American composer John Adams embraces, according to the composer himself, the piano music of the entire previous century, while being mainly inspired by the sounds of the pianola, the self-playing piano that became popular at the beginning of the 20th century. The soloist, the Icelandic Víkingur Ólafsson is one of the most original younger generation pianists who represents a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity.
Friday 20 October 2017 – SHOSTAKOVICH AND PROKOFIEV, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Friday 27 April 2018 – DVOŘÁK AND RAVEL, conductor PAUL MÄGI
Friday 11.05.2018 – BEETHOVEN AND RUBINSTEIN, conductor NEEME JÄRVI
Friday 18 May 2018 – CENTURY ROLLS, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Series tickets for the “Piano Concerto” series: 55€ / 40€ (available until 18.10.2017)
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