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Day of the Keyboard 1
Tchaikovsky | Pletnev | Prokofiev | Stravinsky
Sun, 18.11. | 11.00 | No. 18502
Tickets as from Mon, 6 August 2018 | 12.00 (UTC + 2)
All three "Day of the Keyborad" recitals for CHF 120.
Day of the Keyboard 1
The Piano Festival turns 20 this year: a birthday to truly celebrate! And so we have designed this year’s Day of the Keyboard as an exciting ball – with piano dances from the Baroque to modern times. The opening event will be performed by the young St. Petersburg pianist Sergei Redkin, who made a dynamic debut in the 2017 Summer Festival as part of the Prokofiev marathon led by Valery Gergiev. Redkin introduces us to the world of Russian ballet – with the three most important “dance masters” among the composers of his homeland: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Igor Stravinsky. All three of course wrote their ballet scores for full orchestra, but these works are also wonderfully suited to interpretations on the piano. Prokofiev, who himself was an excellent virtuoso, arranged several suites from Cinderella for the keyboard. Stravinsky chose “Trois mouvements” from his Petrushka demanding the maximum from the performer in terms of dexterity. In the case of Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Pletnev created a dance sequence from The Sleeping Beauty that is as resplendent as it is enchanting.
Sergei Redkin, who was born in 1991, comes from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. He began learning piano at the age of six at the State Music Academy and also took lessons early on in improvisation and composition. In 2004 he moved to St. Petersburg, where he began his studies at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory, initially in its special school for the highly gifted; starting in 2009 he became a regular student in the class of Alexander Sandler. Under Alexander Mnatsakanyan, one of the last pupils of Shostakovich, he continued his composition studies. With a scholarship from the House of Music in St. Petersburg, Redkin took part several times, starting in 2011, in the International Piano Academy Lake Como, where he collaborated with such musicians as Dmitri Bashkirov, Peter Frankl, and Fou Ts’ong. He won the International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in 2012, the International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg in 2013, and the bronze Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015. Valery Gergiev subsequently engaged him to perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Paris, New York, and Mexico and invited him to participate in a Prokofiev marathon as part of his MPHIL 360° Festival in Munich, where Redkin played the composer’s last two piano sonatas in November 2016. He has appeared in recitals and as a chamber musician not only in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and various other Russian cities but also in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. Credits in the 2016-17 season have included performances at the Vienna Hofburg, the National Auditorium in Madrid, and the Théâtre des Variétés in Monaco. Sergei Redkin has presented several compositions of his own to date, particularly piano and chamber music works, including a string quartet and a wind trio.
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The “Day of the Keyboard Package”
Attend all three Day of the Keyboard recitals for a total price of CHF 120 (instead of CHF 150).