Wednesday, November 16, 2022


14th, 16th and 18th

Complete Violin Sonatas of


A rare chance to hear the complete cycle

Erzhan Kulibaev

playing the Rode Stradivarius*


Ilya Kondratiev

Piano Professor at the Royal College of Music, London

The complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in three recitals

Wednesday 14th at 6pm:

No.1 op.12 no. 1

No.2 op. 12 no. 2

No.3 op 12 no. 3

No.4 op. 23

Friday 16th December at 6pm

No. 5 op. 25 The Spring Sonata

No. 6 op. 30 no. 1

No. 7 op 30 no. 2

Sunday 18th December at 6pm

No. 8 op. 30 no.3

No. 9. op 47 The Kreutzer Sonata

No. 10 op 96 

It is a rare treat to hear the Beethoven ten. They are only occasionally performed over a short period. In 2012 I travelled to Manchester to hear them played by ten different musicians at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

It is also rare to hear them played in order of publication. They are usually mixed for the Procrustean reason of making each program similar in length. I have avoided that temptation in order to get a sense of Beethoven's flow of creation. 

The first nine sonatas were written between 1797 and 1803 and so fall into the early-mid period. No 10 was written in 1812 for the French violinist Pierre Rode, whose Stradivarius violin of 1722, according to Wikipedia, is now played by Erzhan. Could it be that we will hear the performance of no. 10 on the violin for which the sonata was written? That's a stretch. 

Erzhan Kulibaev is a Kazakh born violinist living in Madrid and now a national of Spain. He has visited Eelswamp several times, to much acclaim. He has performed the 24 Paganini Caprices as well as sonatas of Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert and Respighi. 

Ilya Kondratiev is a Professor of Piano at The Royal College of Music, in London, one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the world. I met Ilya at the 2014 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv. He was a standout talent. This will be his fifth visit to Eelswamp. 

Reservations: 1,200 baht for one concert. 2,000 baht for two. 3,000 baht for 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 for reasons of sickness.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps. 

Taxi service to Eelswamp: Bolt should get you here.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Filipp and Vlad play Mussorgsky and Medtner

 Friday, November 25th, 6pm

and repeated on

Monday November 28th, 6pm

Filipp Opanasenko
Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition


Vladislav Chubenko
Medtner's Forgotten Melodies no.1 

Medtner: Forgotten Melodies Cycle 1, op 38 Complete (played by Vlad) 

Nikolai Medtner is not as well known as his contemporary, Rachmaninoff, but he is on the same level of pianistic genius. Like Rachmaninoff's compositions, Medtner's works are melodious and cleverly structured. From the Hyperion website:

What was the genesis of Medtner’s style? He considered himself a follower of Beethoven and the best of his work reflects the great polyphonic skill, the detailed development of short compact motifs, and the severe spirit and concentrated depth of the late Beethoven sonatas. No less important for Medtner was German Romanticism in general and Schumann’s legacy in particular. 

The op. 38 cycle begins with Medtner's most popular sonata, the Sonata Reminiscenza. It is followed by seven short pieces which borrow from the haunting melody of the sonata, ending with a powerful reprise of the main theme of the sonata.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (played by Filipp)

Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is a timeless classic comprising a cycle of ten 'portraits' inspired by an art exhibition, interwoven with a recurring Promenade theme.
Filipp Opanasenko and Vladislav Chubenko are two graduates of Moscow Conservatory and recent emigrees from Russia. 

Filipp has played four concerts this year at Eelswamp including all-Bach, Chopin and Beethoven programs.

Vlad has just arrived. He was a student of Medtner specialist, Pavel Nersessian at Moscow Conservatory.

Friday, November 25th, 6pm 
and Monday 28th November 
(same program repeated)

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Reservations: 1,000 baht by email to asiachart(at)

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, those who pay 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.

Children: Children aged eight years and older may attend the concert depending on the suitability of the program.

Cancellations and credits: Credit for future concerts will be allowed in the event of illness.

Directions to Eelswamp: search for 'Eelswamp' on google maps.