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

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.



02.05.2017 | NIKITA MNDOYANTS Cleveland Performance Review

nikita-mndoyants-newsCleveland Int’l Piano Competition victor Nikita Mndoyants returns in vibrant chamber recital.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Despite its hybrid nature — half piano recital and half chamber concert — Sunday afternoon’s presentation by the Cleveland International Piano Competition of 2016

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winner Nikita Mndoyants was a wholly successful and thoroughly satisfying experience, thanks in no small part to repertoire.

A pianist who has been performing publicly since he was eight years old, Mndoyants came to his CIPC triumph following a hiatus in which he withdrew from competition to concentrate on keyboard studies, but also to spend more time with his other calling, composition. Since 2013 he’s been on the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory, as a teacher of orchestration.

As a performing artist, Mndoyants eschews flamboyance at the keyboard, instead concentrating his considerable energy into dynamic interpretations of the repertoire.

On the first half of the program at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, Mndoyants gave a preview of his upcoming Carnegie Hall recital in June, with two works from that program: Beethoven’s Opus 126 Bagatelles and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major. (At Carnegie Hall, Mndoyants will also play Schumann’s “Davidsbundlertanze” and his own “Variations on a Theme by Paganini.”)

The second half of the concert recalled Mndoyants’ chamber music round at the 2016 CIPC, featuring Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major with the Omni String Quartet. Of course it was Mndoyants’ electrifying interpretive skills that brought this solid repertoire quite to life.

Beethoven’s third and last set of Bagatelles are not encountered often, but they represent the essence of Beethoven’s late works, with their simplicity of expression, masterful linear counterpoint, and concentration of thought.

Mndoyants was at once elegant and penetrating in his approach to these forward-looking vignettes. He responded to Beethoven’s mercurial moods with flawless technique, variously limpid and tender, visionary and rapt, and furious and audacious as Beethoven required. Mndoyants left little space between the individual vignettes, underscoring the relationships between the pieces, as Beethoven seems to have intended.

Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 is the last work in a trilogy of wartime sonatas and finds the composer in a multifaceted state of mind — pensive, explosive, wistful and joyous. Mndoyants went straight to the heart of this rich music, bringing to life Prokofiev’s complex narrative with skill and understanding.

In the gnomic Andante dolce that opens the work, Mndoyants brought insight and an excellent ear to Prokofiev’s shifting landscape; while in the lengthy finale, he scaled its challenging heights with energy and aplomb.

The Omni Quartet was formed in 2009 by violinists Jung-Min Amy Lee and Alicia Koelz, violist Joanna Zakany, and cellist Tanya Ell, all of them members of the Cleveland Orchestra. In Schumann’s well-known quintet, they blended perfectly with Mndoyants and gave a resounding performance of this chamber masterwork.

The stealthy second movement was especially well-shaped and balanced, while the scherzo was given a fiery reading that brought a brief wave of applause (as did, in fact, the first movement). The finale was everything one could have hoped for, with a palpable sense of joy in the brilliant double fugue that brings the work to its vivid conclusion.