Saturday, January 31, 2015

Karma Studios at Bang Saray presents Min Lee and Amy Sze

French Connection

A program of French music for violin and piano

at Karma Sound Studio, Bang Saray, Sattahip

5.00pm, Saturday 31st January

Min Lee, violin

"...tremendously exciting playing..." The Strad 

Amy Sze, piano


LeClair Sonata in D major
Franck Sonata
Saint Saens Havanaise
Messiaen Theme and Variations
Waxman Carmen Fantasy

Min Lee is one of Singapore's most celebrated violinists. She has performed around the world including performances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Konzerthaus, Vienna and in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at Wigmore Hall. She was described by Strad magazine as having, "warm melodic gifts... tremendously exciting playing...with a fabulous mastery of the bow and superb intonation."

Amy Sze holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition and Finalist of the MTNA Steinway Competition, Sze has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets: 500 baht

Venue: Karma Studios, Bang Saray, Sattahip

Call or email Khun Supisa for booking details 083 220 3422 (

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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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Eelswamp Calendar 2015

Events planned for 2015


14th, Saturday - sold out 

Leo Phillips, violin and Hiroko Takemura, piano

All Mozart Program

28th, Saturday 

Andrey Gugnin plays Liszt's Transcendental Etudes
Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky


1st March, Sunday

Andrey Gugnin plays a selection of Liszt's Transcendental Etudes and works by Tchaikovsky, Arno Babajanian and Jacques Ibert

3rd, Tuesday,

Andrey Gugnin, piano : Brahms, Handel Variations

Andrey Gugnin, Tasana Nagavajara and members of Pro Musica play Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor.


First weekend: dates will be between the 3rd and 6th April.

Evgeny Starodubtsev, piano

Laureate, Honens International Piano Competition, 2009
First Prize, Ciurlionis Competition, 2011
Equal First Prize (with Andrey Gugnin) Valsesia Competition, 2014

"An accomplished and probing artist" New York Times

Friday, 3rd April:  All Chopin: 4 Scherzi, Barcarolle and 12 Etudes op. 25
Sunday, 5th April: Liszt Spanish Rhapsody, Scriabin 7th Sonata, Prokofiev 5th Sonata, Szymanowski 12 Etudes, Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka

30th April, Thursday

Elizaveta Ivanova, harpsichord program. see May, below


First weekend in May and Thursday, 30th April

Elizaveta Ivanova, piano and harpsichord

First Prize, Verona International Piano Competition, 2012
First Prize, Elise Meyer Scholarship Competition, Hamburg, 2012
Steinway Förderpreis, Blüthner Golden Tone Award, and many others

Piano program 
Sunday, 3rd May, 4pm: CPE Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev

Harpsichord program, Thursday 30th April, 6pm : Rameau, Scarlatti and Bach

Monday 18th May, 6pm

Five members of Pro Musica play Dvorak String Quintet in G, Rossini String Sonata and Mozart Divertimento K136.


Purbayan Chatterjee, sitar
Saturday, 27th June, 7pm 

Purbayan Chatterjee returns to Eelswamp with the beautiful and mellifluous vocalist, Joyeta Choudhury for a duet recital with tabla accompaniment by renowned tabla player, Rupak Battacharjee

Joyeta Choudhury, vocalist
Rupak Battacharjee, tabla


A favourite from the Tchaikovsky Competition

I recently visited Moscow to attend the Tchaikovsky Competition, one of the major competitions in the world. I watched more than twenty performances. 
Dmitri Shishkin was one of my favourite contestants. He has also been accepted to compete in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw this October, another major international competition. 

Dmitri will perform two concerts comprising works from both of his competition programs:

Friday, 4th September: from the Tchaikovsky Competition
works of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky

Sunday, 6th September: from the Chopin Competition all Chopin program, including etudes op.10 and Sonata no. 2 in B minor, the 'Funeral March'.

Complete programs and other information here:


Sergey Sobolev returns with two programs

Friday 16th October: Binary Beethoven a program of four Beethoven sonatas, two early and two late.

Sunday 18th October: Liszt and Rachmaninov transcriptions a program of piano transcriptions by two of the great transcribers of musical history.

See the blog post for details.


Two Grand Trios and Brahms Cello Sonatas

Chamber music with the French guys and Tasana: Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Brahms

The two superb French musicians, Alexandre Vay, cello and Dimitri Papadopoulos, who performed the complete Beethoven Cello cycle last year, will return to Eelswamp to perform another meaty program comprising the Tchaikovsky A minor Trio and the Dvorak F minor Trio, two of the grandest works in the trio repertoire. Each trio will be performed with one of the two Brahms Cello Sonatas.

Tasana, Dimitri and Alexandre, will perform two of the finest trios in the repertoire.

Friday 6th, 6pm
Dvorak Trio in F minor, Brahms Cello Sonata in F major

Sunday 8th 5pm
Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor and Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor.

Dimitri and Alexandre will play both Brhams Cello Sonatas

Friday 20th, 7pm

Darbari, the King of Ragas

Abir Hussain, sarod and Sandip Ghosh, tabla


Winner of the Bach Competition

Weekend of Friday 11th and Sunday 13th December

Daniël van der Hoeven, winner of the 2013 International Bach Competition, Würzburg ...

plays a program of Bach on piano and a program of Chopin and Mussorgsky

Friday, December 11th:  All Bach: English Suite no. 6, Partita no. 2, French Suite no. 2, Italian Concerto, Fantasy and Fugue in A minor, Toccata in e minor.

Sunday, December 13th: Chopin 24 Preludes op. 28 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.