Saturday, January 24, 2015

A memorable pianist from the Rubinstein Competition

Ilya Kondratiev

Moscow Conservatory

Gran Prix, Tbilisi International Piano Competition, 2013

2nd Prize, Liszt Competition, Budapest, 2011
3rd Prize, Liszt Competition, Weimar, 2011

I met Ilya at the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, in May this year. Ilya was especially impressive. He had a very relaxed and considered style of playing. His gangly frame complemented his sweeping gestures: his legs barely fit under the piano. He communicated well with the audience, at one point raising his finger to stifle premature applause and indicate politely that the piece hadn't finished yet. 

Ilya has won many prizes at international piano competitions, some of which are listed above. He has also toured and played with orchestras in Russia, Germany, Georgia and Hungary.

Saturday 24th January, 5pm
Program 1: Liszt, Schumann and Chopin.

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.9, 'Carnival in Pest'
Liszt transcription of two Schumann songs
Schumann Sonata no.2 g-moll
F.Chopin Mazurkas op.24
F.Chopin Sonata no.3 h-moll

Monday 26th January, 6pm
Program 2: Scarlatti to Prokofiev
Scarlatti 4 sonatas
Beethoven Sonata no 18 in E-flat, op.31,3, 'The Hunt'
Bartok Sonata
Liszt transcription of three Schubert songs
Debussy Pour le Piano
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (selections)
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 'Tom and Jerry' (as named by my son, Alex)

Encore Concert: Tuesday 27th, 6pm - only 500 baht for attendees of either 24th or 26th. Children 8 years older free.

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for both. 

Email for reservations. For more information call 038 069681 during office hours. Due to limited number of places payment must be received before the day. 

Directions to Eelswamp: can be found at the bottom of this page: . If you haven't been here before I strongly urge you to find the venue before the day of the concert.

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