Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) 21st November 2017 at 7.00 pm

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Pavel Kolesnikov








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  • Lachenmann: Schattentatz (Shadow Dance) from Ein Kinderspiel
  • Debussy: Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (Children’s Corner)
  • Debussy: Jimbo’s Lullaby (Children’s Corner)
  • Chopin: Mazurka Op 30 No 4
  • Debussy: Serenade for the Doll (Children’s Corner)
  • Debussy: The Snow is Dancing (Children’s Corner)
  • Chopin: Etude Op 25, No 2
  • Couperin: Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher
  • Debussy: The Little Shepherd (Children’s Corner)
  • Lachenmann: Filter-Schaukel from Ein Kinderspiel
  • Debussy: Golliwog’s Cakewalk (Children’s Corner)
  • Debussy: Prelude Book II No 12 “Feux d’artifice”
  • Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu Op 66
  • Chopin: Valse in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2
  • Chopin: Valse in A flat major Op 69 No 1
  • Chopin: Impromptu No 1 Op 29
  • Chopin: Fantaisie Op 49 in F minor
  • Debussy: Estampes

We are very pleased to present the young Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, whose playing has recently taken the international concert world by storm, and who already enjoys a flourishing international career.

Following Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it “one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.” Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has been winning hearts around the world. A live recording of his prize-winning performances was released on the Honens label in March 2013, about which the BBC Music Magazine wrote “tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality and considerable beauty”. This June, his debut studio recording was released on the Hyperion label to critical acclaim. The Sunday Times described his playing on this all-Tchaikovsky disc as having “affection and élan”. Significant recital and festival appearances resulting from the Honens Prize include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival, and the United Kingdom’s Plush Music Festival. Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include Russia’s National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He has studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires thanks to the generous support of Mr Christopher D Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation and Hattori Foundation. Pavel is the Benjamin Britten Foundation Fellow for 2015-2016 continuing his studies at RCM on the Artist Diploma course. Pavel Kolesnikov was named one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists for 2014 to 2016, a scheme that provides opportunities to develop live and recorded performances, including broadcasts with the BBC orchestras. He has performed Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the BBC Philharmonic and also recorded Pӓrt Lamente with them. He has appeared on BBC Proms Extra accompanying baritone Benjamin Appl, and will appear at the Belfast Festival giving a solo recital, a recital again with Appl, and also in a concert with the SCO Winds. In December 2015 appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a studio performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. During 2016 he continues to give concerts in Canada, performing with the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, and he makes return appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall. He will also make his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a studio performance of Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and his Proms debut in August 2016 with Tchaikovsky’s 2nd piano concerto.

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