25.08.2017 | NIKITA MNDOYANTS’ new CD. Stunning review from Gramophone magazine

Nikita newsBEETHOVEN Bagatelles Op 126
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze
Author: Patrick Rucker

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Winner of the 2016 Cleveland and 2007 Paderewski Competitions, as well as a finalist in the 2013 Cliburn, the Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants would seem to be well on his way to an international career. He is also an accomplished composer who, at the age of 27, teaches orchestration at the Moscow Conservatory. His new release on the Steinway label shows him to be an excellent pianist as well as a wise and thoughtful musician.

Beethoven’s Op 126 Bagatelles seem not so much interpreted as realised. Each small-scale structure is delivered intact, their straightforward expressive gestures immaculately tailored. Individually and as a set, it is as though we are overhearing an improvisation.

Despite the communicative urgency maintained throughout the Davidsbündlertänze, they unfold with an air of unrushed inevitability. Schumann’s wit and mercurial playfulness, whether manifest in rhythmic emphases, melodic contours or voice-leading, are relished without ostentation. Pensiveness and longing are sensitively portrayed with a chaste rubato, coupled with abstemious pedalling. For all its earnestness, Mndoyants’s reading is refreshingly unaffected, bracingly masculine, spontaneous and willing on occasion to speak ardently of love.

Sarcasms fairly bursts with rhythmic vitality, punctuated with oases of wanton languor or stubborn insistence. Prokofiev’s bristling, in-your-face impudence is aptly captured, but in a surprising way: Mndoyants draws from his stylistic arsenal resources of touch and dynamic variety held in reserve in his Beethoven and Schumann. As he nonchalantly peels Prokofiev’s hard-boiled egg, we’re treated to flavours and textures within that are often overlooked.

One risk of programmes consisting entirely of miniatures is that they can leave listeners feeling stinted, desiring the more extended involvement of a variation set or sonata. Happily, Mndoyants is able to achieve a genuine balance of form and content, his interpretations informed, one feels, by his composer’s ear. His carefully wrought miniatures combine the clarity and immediacy of a snapshot with an aphoristic succinctness. The result is an appealing musical experience that both nourishes and satisfies.


15.08.2017 | Pianist VLADIMIR KHOMYAKOV. Great China Tour 2017

news Khomyakov 2015Vladimir Khomykov’s big China tour has started! 18 solo recitals and master classes will be hold in 8 provinces and 18 cities around the country according the following schedule:

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Guangdong province:
August 18-21 – Huizhou
August 22-23 – Heyuan
August 24-25 – Kaiping
August 26-27 – Yangjiang
August 28-29 – Foshan / Guangzhou

Hebei province:
August 30-31 – Baoding

Shanxi province:
September 1-3 – Taiyuan
September 4-5 – Hong Kong

Zhejiang province:
September 6-7 – Ningbo
September 8-9 – Hangzhou
September 10 – Cangnan

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region:
September 11-15 – Urumqi

Shanxi province:
September 15-16 – Yuncheng

Henan province:
September 17-18 – Xuchang
September 19 – Pingdingshan
September 20-21 – Nanyang

Fujian province:
September 22-23 – Fuzhou
September 24 – Quanzhou

The program of the recitals:
Mozart. Sonata in B-flat Major, K281
Chopin. Nocturne in E-flat Major Op.55 No.2
Chopin. Grande Valse Brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 18
Rachmaninoff. Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42
Stravinsky. Three movements from «Petrushke»
Wang Jianzhong. Liu Yang River


Nikita newsWednesday, June 7, 2017 | 8 PM
Presented by Cleveland International Piano Competition
Nikita Mndoyants, Piano
2016 First Prize Winner of Cleveland International Piano Competition

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Weill Recital Hall
Nikita Mndoyants has enjoyed a career in Europe and his native Russia as a pianist and composer for many years. Since winning the Cleveland International Piano Competition, he has been engaged for numerous concerts in the US, additional appearances in Europe, and debut tours of China (2017) and South Africa (2018).
Nikita Mndoyants, Piano
BEETHOVEN Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
NIKITA MNDOYANTS Variations on a Theme by Paganini
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84

15.05.2017 | ALEXANDER SINCHUK in Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall

3th JUN. (Sat) 2017 in Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall (Seoul) at 2:00PM
P. Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No.1
Alexander Sinchuk, piano

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Korea Coop Orchestra
Сonductor – Christian Schumann (Germany)

In this performance, musical pieces that represent the life of Vladimir Horowitz (1903-89), who is rated as one of the greatest pianists of all time, will be performed. Particularly special stories about his life will be narrated by music commentator Kim Moon-kyoung.

Along with the Korea Coop Orchestra, conductor Christian Schumann, pianists Lee Dae-wook, Cho Jae-hyuk, and Alexander Sinchuk will also be on stage. Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat Major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’,” Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23” will be performed.