Debut 2

Schaghajegh Nosrati

Bach | Alkan

Thu, 22.11. | 12.15 | No. 18510


Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

17.11.-27.11. 2018




    “Concert sans orchestre”​

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
    Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813–1888)
    Concerto pour piano seul, Op. 39, nos. 8–10

    Schaghajegh Nosrati has in fact already celebrated her debut at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. It happened at the 2018 Easter Festival, when she took part in two double concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach in a stirring interaction with her great mentor Sir András Schiff. But since this young pianist, who was born in Germany in 1989 to a family from Iran, is a very special artist, she also merits being honored at the Piano Festival with a Debut series recital. “Concert sans orchestre” is the name she has given her program of works by Bach and Alkan, which were written as if they were solo concertos – except that the “orchestral part” is also played on the keyboard. Bach has been a guiding star for Nosrati’s career ever since she won an award at the 2014 Bach Competition in Leipzig and subsequently created a sensation with her recording of The Art of the Fugue. A real discovery awaits in the ingenious Concerto pour piano seul by the French composer Charles Valentin Alkan, a 19th-century virtuoso whose contemporaries declared: “If Chopin is the poet at the piano and Liszt the prophet, then Alkan is the dear God.”

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    Schaghajegh Nosrati

    The German pianist Schaghajegh Nosrati was born in 1989 in Bochum to a family originally from Iran. After many years of working with Rainer Maria Klaas, she was accepted as a pupil of Einar Steen-Nøkleberg at the University of Music, Drama, and Media in Hanover in 2007. She completed her master’s degree under Christopher Oakden in 2015, and, in 2017, her artist diploma under Ewa Kupiec. Additional artistic inspiration has come from Robert Levin, Angela Hewitt, Murray Perahia, and Daniel Barenboim. Sir András Schiff has been her most important mentor, praising the “astonishing clarity, purity, and maturity” of her Bach playing. Schaghajegh Nosrati became known among wider circles when she won second prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2014. Bach’s works are the focus of her repertoire, which also includes the great Viennese classicists, Schumann and Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff, as well as such rarities as Charles-Valentin Alkan. Schaghajegh Nosrati has concertized at Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie, and the 92nd Street Y Cultural Center in New York. At the beginning of 2018, she embarked on a major tour with András Schiff and the Cappella Andrea Barca, which took her to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Salzburg Mozart Festival, the Vienna Musikverein, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, as well as to Luxembourg, Bratislava, Düsseldorf, and Dortmund. Her debut CD, released in 2015, was an account of Bach’s Art of the Fugue; her most recent recording is of the composer’s keyboard concertos and recently received the German Record Critics’ Award. Schaghajegh Nosrati, who will also play a concert in the Debut series at the 2018 Piano Festival in Lucerne, teaches at the University in Hanover.

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