Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Eelswamp Calendar 2019



Calendar 2019

Dates for the first three months:

January: Sergey Sobolev, piano  




Friday 25th: Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin Liszt

Sunday 27th: All Russian - Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Prokofiev


Book now: email asiachart@hotmail.com 

February - Ilya Kondratiev, piano,  Erzhan Kulibaev, violin



Friday 15th - Paganini 24 Caprices for solo violin

Saturday 16th - Liszt, Années de pèlerinage, Book 2 complete and Schubert Impromptus op.90

Sunday 17th: Both Prokofiev Violin Sonatas and 2 Mozart Violin Sonatas K378 and K403


Book now: email asiachart@hotmail.com 

March - Andrey Gugnin, piano


Friday 8th: Bach-Rachmaninov Violin Partita, Bach-Busoni Organ Prelude and Fugue BWV 532, Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata and Shostakovich's 2nd Sonata.

Sunday 10th: Russian-Polish: Tchaikovsky's Dumka, Stravinsky Firebird Transcription, Chopin Mazurkas op. 17 and Prokofiev 7th.

Book now: email asiachart@hotmail.com 


June - Tasana, Dimitri and Alexandre piano trio


Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano
Alexandre Vay, cello



Friday 14th, 6pm: Mendelssohn Trio no. 1 and Chopin Cello Sonata

Saturday 15th, 5pm: Shostakovich Trio no. 2 and Rachmaninov Cello Sonata

(Note: there will be no Sunday program)




September - Starodubtsev plays Beethoven Ninth


Friday, 13th Beethoven-Liszt, Symphony no. 9 for four hands: Evgeny Starodubtsev and Alexandra Lotova, piano




Sunday, 15th The Fabulous Samuil Feinberg and Friends: Vivaldi, Bach, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky



A celebration of one of the finest Russian pianist-pedagogue-composers of the 20th Century, Samuil Feinberg, and a bit of Rachmaninov for good measure.

Vivaldi-Bach-Feinberg transcription of a transcription: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor BWV 593 - absolutely fabulous!
Rachmaninov Etudes Tableaux op 33 nos 1-6
Tchaikovsky-Feinberg transcription of the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 - absolutely fabulous!
Samuil Feinberg Sonatas number 7, 8 and 9. These are, in my opinion, the finest of the much neglected sonatas of Feinberg.

October 
The Complete Mr Hepluk 



Yevheny Hepluk returns to play five complete sets of music.

Friday October 11th, 6pm: 

Rachmaninov Preludes op.32 (complete!!), 

Chopin Preludes op.28 (complete!!), 

Sunday October 13th, 5pm: 

Tchaikovsky Seasons (complete !!) 

Brahms - 4 Ballades op. 10, complete and Two Rhapsodies op. 79 

November 
Ekaterina Derzhavina 


Friday 8th: Bach Goldberg Variations

Sunday 10th: 'Il Maestro e lo Scolare' - works of the master, Haydn and his disciple, Beethoven.


November

Michaele Benuzzi, harpsichord Bach, Handel
and someone I've never heard of



Friday 29th, 6pm

JC Graupner: Partita in C major Gwv 127

Händel: Prelude in D minor Hwv 563

Händel: Capriccio in F major Hwv 481

Händel: Chaconne in F major  Hwv 485

JS Bach: Partita no.4 in D Major Bwv 828



2020
January: Sobolov All Beethoven: Symphony no. 7, Eroica Variations, Bagatelles op. 126
Dream music: Prok 8, Stanchinsky and Chopin
February: Ilya and Erzhan
Erzhan solo: Ysaye six violin sonatas
Ilya solo: Schubert Sonata in A minor D.845 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Together: Beethoven Violin Concerto and Korngold Violin Concerto.


March: (6-15) Andrey Gugnin, piano

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Ode to Joy

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony



and works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Feinberg




Evgeny Starodubtsev, piano


Friday, September 13th, 6pm

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, "Ode to Joy"



Transcribed for piano four hands
With Alexandra Lotova, piano

Beethoven's epic Ninth Symphony transcribed for piano retains all the majestic drama of the original orchestral version. 



"This is amazing. ... the piano transcription brings out lines and details that are not so audible in the orchestral version."


"To be able to pull it together like this, musically and technically, is nothing short of astonishing." 


"It seemed that I was listening to the orchestra itself!" 

(Comments from Cyprien Katsaris's version of the Liszt transcription on Youtube: https://youtu.be/Ja7ZkvP8Nrk)


Sunday, September 15th, 5pm


The Fabulous Feinberg
with music of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov  


A celebration of one of the most neglected musical geniuses of the 20th century


Vivaldi-Bach-Feinberg transcription of a transcription: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor BWV 593 - absolutely fabulous!

Rachmaninov Etudes Tableaux op 33 nos 1-6

Tchaikovsky-Feinberg transcription of the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 - absolutely fabulous!

Feinberg  Sonatas number 7, 8 and 9. These are, in my opinion, the finest of the composer's set of 12 sonatas. They are each quite different, no. 7 is jazzy and mysterious, no. 8 is mystical and profound while no 9 is technically brilliant and spectacular. They were written in the 1920's and 30's when Soviet composers enjoyed more freedom than the following decades.

Samuil Feinberg (1890 - 1962) was a successful concert pianist and respected professor at Moscow Conservatory. He was also a composer,  (12 piano sonatas), and a transcriber ( he transcribed 15 works of Bach). Feinberg won the Stalin Prize and the Order of Lenin for his contributions to music. He toured Europe extensively in the 1920's, attending festivals and recording for Deutsche Grammaphon. But he was grounded in the 1930's on the pretext that his music did not reflect 'socialist realism'. He stopped performing his earlier works and kept a low profile in his composing. According to Christophe Sirodeau, Feinberg was  "... a very cultured man, spiritual, modest, and with a profound dislike of self-promotion." His modesty assigned his legacy to undeserved obscurity. Yet to those who know him, he is one of the most respected composers of the 20th century.




 Evgeny Starodubtsev is a graduate of piano and composition from Moscow Conservatory. According to the Arlink-Argerich Foundation database, he holds the record for number of first prizes at international piano competitions. The current count is around thirty wins.
Here are a few from recent years:


First Prize, International Competition La Palma d'Oro 2018
First Prize, International Piano Competition Maria Herrero, 2017
First Prize, Pietro Argento Competition, Italy, July 2016
First Prize, 21st International Competition, Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize, Italy, 2016 
First Prize, 10th Sigismund Thalberg International Piano Competition, May 2016

First Prize, 24th Ennio Porrino International Piano Competition, Italy November 2015
First Prize, Palma d'Oro Competition, July 2015
First Prize, Nuova Coppa Pianisti Prize, 2015
First Prize, Roma International Piano Competition, 2015


Evgeny has performed at top venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. Evgeny has recently recorded works of Messiaen, Scriabin, Ravel, Chopin and Mozart. He is planning to record the complete solo piano works of Feinberg, which has never been done.

Evgeny is a regular visitor to Eelswamp. He loves a challenge. In 2017 he performed Rzewski's 'People United' Variations. Last year he performed Messiaen's 'Vingt Regards'. We are very fortunate to have Evgeny and Alexandra play Beethoven's Ninth, which is supremely difficult on all levels.

Alexandra Lotova is a graduate from Central Musical School of Moscow in 2000. In 2005 Alexandra graduated from Gnesin music academy of Moscow, one of the top music academies in Russia. Her teacher was Professor S. Margaritov. Alexandra has played frequently with Yuri Bashmet's orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”. Especially successful she was her interpretation the Third Concerto of Rachmaninov in St. Petersburg in 2011. She frequently performs solo recitals in Russia as well as chamber music and works for four hands and two pianos. For example, she gave a wonderful performance of Mendelssohn's Octet and Schubert's F minor Fantasy for four hands at Eelswamp with Evgeny. She has also performed in Finland, Serbia, Germany, Greece and Italy. Alexandra’s repertoire is extremely wide and includes music of all styles from early Baroque to the middle XX century.


Reservations:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged six years and older may attend the concert. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 


Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation in certain cases.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

Taxi service to Eelswamp
1. Grabtaxi Just enter "Eelswamp" in the destination box. It's working again.
2. Rin Taxi: Service.https://www.facebook.com/rintaxiairport.yodprang
082 702 0374, 087 0808 0374

A member of 




Official media partner

Friday, June 14, 2019

Four Popular Chamber Works

Mendelssohn and Chopin 

Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Friday June 14th and Saturday June 15th


Tasana Nagavajara, violin
Alexandre Vay, cello
Dimitri Papadopoulos, piano

Friday, 14th June, 6pm

Mendelssohn: Trio no. 1 in D Minor op. 49*
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor op. 65

Mendelssohn's first trio is his more popular of the two trios, charming and zippy. Chopin's cello sonata is just one of nine works written for an instrument other than the piano. 

*note the last minute change from number 2.

Saturday, 15th June, 5pm

Note that the second concert is Saturday, not Sunday

Shostakovich, Trio no. 2 in E Minor op. 67 
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G Minor op. 19

Two Russian works of different periods: Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata was written in 1901. Shostakovich's second trio was written in 1944. Both are substantial, four movement works. Both are packed with great themes; Rachmaninov tending to the elegant and beautiful, Shostakovich more rhythmic but with a great slow movement, a lament mourning the death of the composer's friend, Sollertinsky, to whom the quartet is dedicated. 



Tasana Nagavajara is the director of the Pro Musica Orchestra, Bangkok and former concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He is well known to our audience, having performed many times with Alexandre and Dimitri and with the Pro Musica Quartet.

Alexandre Vay and Dimitri Papadopoulos are making their fifth visit to Eelswamp. The two French musicians have been playing together since Conservatory days in Lyon. Alexandre is co-soloist in the Munich Radio Orchestra. Dimitri is 'Professeur' at Geneva Conservatory. Alexandre and Dimitri performed the complete Beethoven Cello Sonata and Variation cycle in 2014 at Eelswamp and joined Tasana in 2015 for a performances of the mighty Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor and the Dvorak F minor trio. 

Reservations:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged six years and older may attend the concert. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 


Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation in certain cases.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

Taxi service to Eelswamp
1. Grabtaxi Just enter "Eelswamp" in the destination box. It's working again.
2. Rin Taxi: Service.https://www.facebook.com/rintaxiairport.yodprang
082 702 0374, 087 0808 0374

A member of 




Official media partner

Friday, March 8, 2019

Gugnin 2019

Andrey Gugnin's Sixth Orbit

March 2019: Friday 8th and Sunday 10th



Andrey Gugnin, piano

Winner of 2014 Gina Bachauer Competition
Winner of 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition

"Gugnin’s cultivated pianissimo presto leggiero, imperturbable rhythmicality, his preference for the heroic over the melodramatic, and not least his wealth of poetic imagination, easily place him in elite company." Gramaphone


"Gugnin's nervy, energised and involved playing... made him the clear winner." - Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald 24 July 2016

"A thoroughly compelling performance." Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack, commenting on Gugnin's appearance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, January 2018 

"What really impressed was Gugnin’s assurance – his absorbed, crystalline playing – so by the cadenza ... you were beguiled by a flawless technique." David Truslove, Classicalsource.com, commenting on the LPO perofrmance, January 2018


Friday 8th March, 6pm


Bach and Beethoven ... and a little bit of Shostakovich

Bach – Rachmaninoff Partita in E major

Bach-Busoni – Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 532


Beethoven Sonata no. 21 in C major op. 53, 'Waldstein' - One of the favourites from Beethoven's middle period. 


Shostakovich Sonata no. 2 in B minor op. 61 - A sublime contrast to the feisty first sonata. 

Sunday 10th March, 5pm

Slavic composers


Tchaikovsky "Dumka"  in c minor, op. 59 - quintessential Russian melodies

Scriabin Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, op. 19 - an early, romantic, work.

Stravinsky – Agosti Three fragments from the ballet, 'Firebird' 

Chopin  4 Mazurkas op.17. 

Prokofiev, Sonata no. 7 in B flat major, op. 83 - the middle of the three 'War Sonatas', written in 1942


Andrey Gugnin is a Moscow-based pianist. He graduated from Moscow Conservatory. 

I first saw Andrey perform at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna 2013, where he won second prize. Recognizing a great talent, I tracked him down and invited him to perform for us. Since then his rise has been meteoric, winning two major international competitions: the Gina Bachauer in 2014 and the Sydney International Competition, 2016. His concert calendar has increased exponentially, with performances in Carnegie Hall, The Royal Festival Hall in London with the London Philharmonic, in St Petersburg with Russia's top conductor, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and at the Sydney Opera House.

Despite his rapid rise, Andrey has not forgotten us at Eelswamp, and returns to one of his favourite venues, to perform two brilliant programs. This will be Gugnin's sixth orbit to planet Eelswamp. Don't miss it!


Reservations:  One concert for 1,200 baht or 2,000 baht for both. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Etiquette: No photos allowed during the main performance. But photos may be taken during encore. Please do not upload videos to Youtube.

Children: Children aged six years and older may attend the concert. Smaller children may be left with the nanny on the premises. 

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation provided that the concert for which the original booking was made breaks even.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

Taxi service to EelswampGrabtaxi Just enter "Eelswamp" in the destination box.


A member of 




Official media partner

Friday, February 15, 2019

Three journeys - 3 concerts in February

Ilya Kondratiev, piano and Erzhan Kulibaev, violin


Friday 15th
Saturday 16th
 and Sunday 17th February

Friday, February 15th, 6pm

Erzhan plays Paganini


Erzhan Kulibaev is a young violinist from Kazakhstan. He studied in Moscow, Madrid and Salzburg and was awarded an Honorary Diploma by Queen Sofia, of Spain. Erzhan won first prize at the Demidovski, Lisbon, Novosibirsk, Hindemith and Buenos-Aires International Violin Competitions and First Prize With Distinction at Manhattan International Music Competition. He also won a Gold Medal at Berliner International Music Competition 2017.

“Dressed elegantly in black, with a Stradivarius in his left hand, the young Kazak violinist, with a strong sound that swirled around each member of the audience, shone with an outstanding technique and convincing and emotional peformance of Tchaikovsky to finish with a standing ovation....” (La Nacion)

 Erzhan plays Stradivarius “Rode” 1722 courtesy of the Maggini Foundation

Friday February 15th, 5pm

Journey no. 1 Paganini, 24 Caprices for Violin, Opus 1

"Few violinists dare to play..."



Nicolo Paganini was born in 1782 in Genoa. He was the original superstar of music. He inspired Liszt  who went on to become the superstar of the piano.


... a consummate showman. A favorite trick was to play with worn strings and then, as they broke, to complete a concert with the three, two or even one string remaining. His tickets cost up to five times the standard rate. He did little to discourage rumors that he consorted with the devil ..."


"...gaunt skeletal body, angular stiff movements,
long black hair, sallow waxen complexion,
dark penetrating eyes and entirely black dress."

Paganini's 24 Caprices, Bach's sonatas and partitas and Ysaye's sonatas are the three definitive sets of music for solo violin. The Caprices were written to dazzle. They comprise some of the most technically challenging music ever written for the violin. Only a handful of violinists in any epoch play them. According to Gutmann, "Few violinists dare to play Paganini nowadays." 

The Caprices were composed in three batches, starting in 1802 and finished in 1817. The earlier Caprices are more simple and technical. As they progress, the Caprices become more lyrical and complex, many resembling opera arias, others having themes such as hunting motifs or bagpipes. 

The culmination of the set is the famous No. 24. The theme has been used by more composers than any other piece second only to La Folia: not only Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Brahms, but a total of 46 composers and musicians are listed in Wikipedia as having written pieces based on No. 24.

Listening to the whole set is a musical journey. You'll get a great sense of 'arrival' with No. 24. Don't miss this chance to hear this great work.


Saturday February 16th, 5pm 

Ilya plays solo: Two Journeys, Liszt and Schubert


Recently awarded the Beethoven Medal by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe

Third visit to Eelswamp



Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage - The Years of Pilgrimage - Year 2: Italy
Liszt wrote three suites for solo piano in the Years of Pilgrimage set: Switzerland, Italy and 'The Third Book', which makes no geographical reference. The Years of Pilgrimage were inspired by artwork, rather than places. We will hear the second book: Inspired by a Raphael painting, Michelango's statue, The Thinker, three Sonnets by Petrarch and the the grand finale, The Dante Sonata, (full title: Après une lecture du Dante (Fantasia Quasi Sonata)) which is one of Liszt's most popular solo piano works, dramatic and demonic.


Schubert: Four Impromptus op. 90 These are four substantial works written in 1827, a year before the composer died at the age of 31. In the words of one critic, The impromptus are "imbued with profound, complex and mixed emotions." and listened to as a whole represent another journey.

"It may be fanciful to assign such complex musical and thematic considerations to these pieces, but play them, or hear them, as a set, and I think the sense of a journey, and its eventual completion is evident, if only in the progressive tonalities of each piece. In any event, these are poetic, timeless, and very personal works, which display a gravity and intensity far beyond the typical nineteenth-century drawing room Albumblatt or klavierstück". The Cross-Eyed Pianist.


Ilya Kondratiev is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. He has won numerous prizes in international competitions, notably the Weimar Liszt and the Budapest Liszt Competitions.

Ilya is a great artist: not only is he a delight to listen to, he is fascinating to watch. His sense of drama is captivating. Ilya brought the house down at Eelswamp in January, 2015, with a jaw-dropping performance of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 (Tom and Jerry). In 2017 he gave a staggering performance of the Liszt Sonata in B minor.


Sunday February 17th, 5pm 



Ilya and Erzhan together: violin and piano




Prokofiev and Mozart



Strange bedfellows, but delightfully contrasting music. Prokofiev and Mozart. Prokofiev wrote two violin sonatas. Mozart wrote 20 (in his adult years). Prokofiev's violin sonatas are sometimes dark and mysterious and at other times exuberant and balletic. Mozart's are light and refreshing. This should be a very enjoyable program.

Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat major, K 378 One of Mozart's sublime works written in 1779, full of charm, poise and delight. The theme in the third movement, 'Rondeau' in French style, could easily be an aria from one of Mozart's comic operas.

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata no. 1 in F minor, op. 80 This is a dark and mysterious work, completed in 1946. The first movement could be something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. In Prokofiev's words, you can hear the wind 'rustling through the graveyard.' The jolly scherzo offers a little light relief from the wind in the graveyard. The slow movement is mellow and tuneful. The finale is bright and mostly cheerful - with only a distant, parting glimpse of the graveyard. This is a masterly work. 

Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 30, C Major, K. 403 Another elegant, cheerful, dainty, nimble work for violin and piano. 

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata no. 2 in D major op.94a. In contrast to the first sonata, no. 2 is more in the style of Prokofiev's ballets. The first movement is sweet and melodious with occasional outbursts of exuberance. The scherzo is light and balletic. The slow movement evokes a lazy summer afternoon. Considering that it was written in 1943, in the depths of World War 2, it is a remarkably cheerful, upbeat work.

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two, 2,900 for all three. Email asiachart@hotmail.com or call 038 069681 office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day.

Tickets: No tickets will be issued for concerts. Admission to the music room on the day of the concert will be in accordance with the sequence of receipt of payment (ie, who pays first goes in first and can select their desired seat).

Cancellations and credits: Credit will be allowed for future concerts in the event of cancellation provided that the concert for which the original booking was made breaks even.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. Directions can be found at the bottom of this page: http://eelswamp.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-music-room-at-eelswamp.html

Taxi service to EelswampGrabtaxi Just enter "Eelswamp" in the destination box.


A member of 




Official media partner