Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) & Samson Tsoy (piano), Thursday 24th March 2022 at 7.00 pm, Royal Over-Seas League, London

Pavel Kolesnikov
Samson Tsoy

Programme:

Schubert: Sonata in B flat major, D 617

Schubert: Lebensstürme, D 947

Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzer, Op 52

Brahms: Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op 9

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We are delighted to welcome back Pavel Kolesnikov, following his sold-out solo recital for us in 2017, and welcome his duo partner Samson Tsoy for a feast of music from the piano duet repertoire.

In 2012 pianist Pavel Kolesnikov became a sensation at the Honens International Piano Competition when he took home the world’s largest piano prize. The London-based pianist 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. Following his Wigmore Hall debut in 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 for a while”.

Celebrated for his imaginative, thought-provoking programming which offers the listener a fresh, often unexpected perspective on familiar pieces, Pavel has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as part of the international Piano Series, Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. In recent years he also performed at La Roque d’Antheron festival, the Musiq3 Festival in Brussels, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, and the Aldeburgh Festival, among others. In 2020/21 he is Artist in Residence at Wigmore Hall performing three recitals throughout the season.

An avid ensemble player, Kolesnikov regularly performs in piano duo with Samson Tsoy and collaborates with other musicians such as cellist Narek Akhnazarian, Hermes String Quartet and Calidore String Quartet. In 2019 he performed the complete cycle of Brahms violin and viola sonatas with Lawrence Power. He formed Trio Aventure
with Elina Buksha and Aurelien Pascal.

Kolesnikov records for Hyperion, with repertoire ranging from rarely heard harpsichord pieces by Louis Couperin to Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons. His Chopin Mazurkas album won Diapason d’Or de l’annee, one of world’s most prestigious awards in the area of recording. His 6th album, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released in Autumn 2020. He collaborated with legendary Belgian dancer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker on a new choreographic work based on the Goldberg Variations which was premiered in August 2020 at the Wiener Festwochen and is currently touring the world.

In 2019, together with Samson Tsoy, Kolesnikov started Ragged Music Festival at the Ragged School Museum, former “ragged school” of Dr Barnardo in London’s East End. In the same year Kolesnikov was honoured with the Critics’ Circle Young Talent Award 2019 for piano, praised for his “intensely personal interpretations, often daring in their originality” and his “crusading vision”.

Lauded for the originality and intense drama of his interpretations, pianist Samson Tsoy has already been invited to perform with renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Diego Masson as part of Philharmonia Orchestra’s “Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals” series, Junajo Mena with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Roberto Minczuk with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Both as a soloist and chamber musician Samson has appeared in prestigious venues and festivals around the world including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Theatre de la Ville and Salle Gaveau (Paris), Aldeburgh festival, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Verbier Festival, Sala Verdi, Montreaux September Musical Festival, Plush Festival, Honens Festival and the Rostropovich Festival. In September 2019, together with his partner Pavel Kolesnikov he launched a “seriously edgy, admirable and a must-see” (Classical music magazine) festival in East London ‘the Ragged Music Festival’ which received a 5-star review in The Independent.

The 2020 global pandemic changed calendar of every artist; during the summer of 2020 Samson Tsoy performed at the Wigmore Hall lockdown recital series in June, at Fidelio Orchestra Cafe in July and at Bold Tendencies’ multi-storey car park in August and September. Each recital was highly praised by London press with 5-star reviews in the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Observer and The Arts Desk.

Samson Tsoy graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London. He has also worked under the guidance of Maria João Pires and Elisabeth Leonskaja. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious National President’s Order “Young Talent of Russia”; he is also a laureate of the Santander Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition, a winner of the Campillos International Piano Competition and a recipient of the Milstein Medal Award. He was a City Music Foundation Artist from 2015 to 2019.

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