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,, 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 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.

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