Friday, February 10, 2017

Gugnin Victorious

Winner of the Sydney Competition
February 10th and 11th
Encore concert Monday 13th, 6pm

First Prize, Sydney International Piano Competition, 2016
First Prize, Gina Bachauer Competition, 2015
First Prize, Piano,Valsesia International Music Competition, 2014
Second Prize, International Beethoven Competition, Vienna, 2013

Friday 10th February, 6pm

Solo Recital

Schubert: Sonata no 17 in D Major, D 850. Written in 1825 at Bad Gastein, "brilliant and bold", according to Presto Classical. It is also Schubert at his most reflective and playful. 

Desyatnikov: 'Reminiscences from the Theater'. Leonid Desyatnikov is a modern Russian composer, born in 1955. His style is lyrical, humorous and jazzy, with allusions to Bach's Goldberg Variations, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and others. 


A selection of etudes from Chopin, Liszt and the great Croatian composer, Boris Papandopulo.

Saturday 11th February, 5pm

Chamber music with Tasana Nagavajara, Iris Regev and Andrey

Rachmaninov, Trio El√©giaque n°2 op.9 

This remarkable work was composed as a tribute to Tchaikovsky, who died in 1893. The trio was written and performed within a few months of Tchaikovsky's death. It was revised twice, the latest version, being the one we will hear, was revised in 1917. The work is remarkable in that resembles Tchaikovsky's A minor Trio in both structure and style, with many allusions to other works from Tchaikovsky while being highly original. This is a grand and polished work, dramatic, sumptuous and profound. Ajarn Tasana selected the work as a tribute to HM King Bhumipol.

Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition. Mussorgsky's masterpiece and one of Andrey's most brilliant tour de force signature pieces. Andrey played this piece on his first visit to Eelswamp in 2014. His performance brought the house to its feet. After three  years, it is time to hear it again. 

Encore concert Monday 13th, 6pm
Selections from previous concerts and other works: Usual terms: 500 baht if you have attended either or both 10th or 11th, otherwise 1,200 baht. All proceeds go directly to Andrey. No catering. Wine may be brought into the room. You may bring your own.

Andrey Gugnin is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory where he studied with Vera
Gornostoyeva, teacher of Ivo Pogorelich and Van Cliburn Competition winner, Vadym Kholodenko, to name a few. I first heard Andrey in 2013 in Vienna, where he was competing at the International Beethoven Competition. He was the first overseas pianist whom I invited to Eelswamp and he has returned to visit us every year to great acclaim. 

Since coming second in the Vienna Competition, Andrey has won two major international competitions. Last year Andrey was victorious in the Sydney International Piano Competition, one of the major international piano competitions held in 2016. He won five prizes in the competition: First Prize and four other prizes, including best piano concerto and best violin and piano sonata. In 2015 he won first prize in one of the major US competitions, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. 

Tasana Nagavaja is Director of the Pro Musica Orchestra in Bangkok and a member of the
Silpakorn University Faculty of Music. He is the former concertmaster of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and was a student of the Menhuin School in Switzerland. He is a regular collaborator with Eelswamp, having played here twice with French duo Dimitri Papadopoulos and Alexandre Vay, as well as with Andrey.

Iris Regev is an Israeli cellist currently working with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. She was previously a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. She has collaborated in chamber music with Pinchas Zukerman and Vadim Repin, among others.

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

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