Friday, December 8, 2017

1+1=3 Two fine musicians - three concerts

Ilya Kondratiev, piano and Erzhan Kulibaev, violin

Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December

Friday, December 8th, 6pm

Erzhan plays mostly solo

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. Within the last year, Erzhan won First Prize With Distinction at Manhattan International Music Competition and 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

Bach: Sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Albeniz, 'Asturias'
de Falla, 'Spanish Dance'
Piazzolla, 'Adios Nonino', 'Estudio no.3', 'Triunfal' and 'Muerte del Angel'.
Paganini, Variations on “Nel cor più non mi sento”, 
Tchaikovsky, Sérénade Mélancolique, Op.26 and Valse-Scherzo, Op.34 
Ysaye 3rd Sonata, 'Ballade'.

Saturday December 9th, 5pm 

Ilya plays solo

Recently awarded the Beethoven Medal by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe
Second visit to Eelswamp

Beethoven: Sonata op.81a ‘Les Adieux’
Chopin: Scherzo no.1 op.20 
Chopin: Scherzo no.3 op.39
Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue BACH
Liszt: Sonata in B minor - first performance at Eelswamp of this remarkable work. The Liszt Sonata is one of the most important musical developments of 19th Century.

Ilya Kondratiev is a graduate of Moscow Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. He has won numerous prizes in international competitions, including the Weimar Liszt and the Budapest Liszt Competitions, which should make him eminently qualified to tackle the Liszt sonata on this program, one of the most 'musically' challenging works in the repertoire.

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). I am very much looking forward to his return. Don't miss it!

Sunday December 10th, 5pm 

Ilya and Erzhan together: violin and piano

Schubert, Sonata in A major D. 574. 
Stravinsky 'Divertimento' based on his ballet, 'The Fairy's Kiss"
Respighi, Violin Sonata in B minor - This is a real masterpiece, written during the Great War in 1917. It is a work of dark brooding, profound beauty and great power. I wouldn't have thought Respighi had it in him to write something of this quality. Don't miss it.

1,200 baht for one concert, 2000 for two, 3000 for threeBook Now!

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two, 2,900 for all three. Email 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.

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