Recital with Yevgeny Sudbin (piano) & Alexander
Saturday 31 May 2014
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia, 8:30pm
Yevgeny Sudbin / piano
Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by The Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”. In the midst of a 7-year and 14-album collaboration with BIS Records, all of Yevgeny’s recordings have met with critical acclaim and are regularly featured as CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine or Editor’s Choice by Gramophone. His Scriabin recording was awarded CD of the Year by The Telegraph and received the MIDEM Classical Award for Best Solo Instrument Recording at Cannes. It was described by Gramophone as “a disc in a million” while the International Record Review stated that Yevgeny’s Rachmaninov recording “confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time”.
Yevgeny performs regularly in many of the world's finest venues and concert series, both in recital and with orchestra, including Tonhalle Zurich, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Avery Fisher Hall in New York and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Recent engagements and tours have included orchestras such as New Zealand Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Leipzig Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony, Warsaw and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic. His performance of Rachmaninov's Concerto No.1 at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall was described by The Telegraph as “sublime.”
Yevgeny has collaborated with some of the world’s most influential conductors, such as Neeme Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Vassily Sinaisky, Philippe Herreweghe, Tugan Sokhiev, Mark Wigglesworth, Andrew Litton, Dmitri Slobodeniouk. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many other musicians including Alexander Chaushian, Ilya Gringolts, Hilary Hahn, Julia Fischer, the Chilingirian Quartet and many others. Appearances at festivals include Aspen, La Roque d'Antheron, Mostly Mozart and Verbier. In 2009, Yevgeny embarked on recording the complete cycle of Beethoven concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra, and the first two of these recordings have consistently received rave reviews. The last instalment featuring the 1st and 2nd concertos will be recorded with the Tapiola Sinfonietta (under Osmo Vänskä) later in 2014.
Future engagements include extensive USA tours, national Australian tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Asia with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, concerts and recordings with the BBC Symphony under Sakari Oramo, as well as recitals throughout the world including a return to the International Piano Series at London's Southbank Centre.
In its centenary year in 2013, the Critics' Circle announced its third annual Critics' Circle Music Award, and Yevgeny was named the recipient of the Exceptional Young Talent award in the Instrumentalist category. In 2010, Yevgeny was given a prestigious Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Music in London where he is now a Visiting Professor.
Yevgeny was born in St Petersburg in 1980 and began his musical studies at the Specialist Music School of the St Petersburg Conservatory with Lyubov Pevsner at the age of 5. He immigrated with his family to Germany in 1990 where he continued his studies at Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule (Galina Ivanzova). In 1997, Yevgeny moved to London to study at the Purcell School and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music where he completed his Bachelor and Masters degrees under Christopher Elton. He was supported by The Wall Trust as well as the Hattori and Pulvermacher Foundations.
Alexander Chaushian / cello
Alexander Chaushian firmly establishes himself in the echelons of international cellists”
Now regarded as one of the finest cellists of the younger generation, Alexander Chaushian has performed extensively throughout the world as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin-in- the-Fields, The London Mozart Players, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Boston Pops and The Armenian Philharmonic, and has given highly acclaimed performances in such venues as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milan, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, the main Carnegie Hall New York, and Symphony Hall Boston .
He performs regularly in festivals throughout the world and is the Artistic Director of the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia.
After initial studies in Armenia, Alexander Chaushian studied in the UK at the Menuhin School and the Guildhall School, London. He then pursued advanced studies at the Hochschule Berlin, graduating with distinction in 2005. He is a laureate prize winner of many international competitions including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD Competition in Germany. As an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York, he toured extensively in the USA.
Amongst the many distinguished musicians whom he has collaborated with are Yehudi Menuhin, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Yuri Bashmet, Diemut Poppen, François-Frédéric Guy, Emmanuel Pahud. His regular chamber music partner is Yevgeny Sudbin.
Alexander’s recordings include several highly acclaimed CDs for the BIS label in which he is partnered by Yevgeny Sudbin, and his recently released concerto CD with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, also on BIS, received rave reviews and was selected ‘Album of the Week’ by the Independent.
His many concerts during this season include performances in France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, China and Japan.
J.S. Bach: Suite for solo cello No.1 in G major, BWV 1007
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade for piano No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5 in F-sharp major, Op.53
Cesar Franck: Sonata for cello and piano in A major
Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise for cello and piano, Op.34/14
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