Debut 3

Alexander Ullman

Liszt | Tchaikovsky | Stravinsky

Fri, 22.11.12.15No. 19510

Lukaskirche

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Piano Festival

16.11.-24.11. 2019

 

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    Alexander Ullman  piano
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, S 173, no. 3
    Funérailles (October 1849), S 173, no. 7
    Cantique d’amour, S 173, no. 10
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) / Mikhail Pletnev (*1957)
    Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker, Op. 71a
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) / Guido Agosti (1901–1989)
    Danse infernale, Berceuse, and finale from the ballet The Firebird

    Franz Liszt has been the lucky star illuminating Alexander Ullman’s career. In 2011, the then 20-year-old British pianist won the Liszt Competition in Budapest, and in 2017 he took first prize at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. The jury praised the poetry and rhetoric of his interpretations, but Ullman himself attributes his recipe for success to a much more personal factor: “Whenever I play Liszt, I feel freer.” He has performed with many renowned orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. He has given concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Seoul Arts Center. Ullman’s first solo recording was released in the spring of 2019: an album of transcriptions of Russian ballets. “His speed, transparency, and precision are breathtaking,” wrote the Sunday Times. And Pizzicato was dazzled by his “subtle, cultivated, and always light touch.”

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