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.

By MARK SATOLA
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07.04.2017 | ALEXANDER SINCHUK en la Serie Nuevos Virtuosos de Pro Arte Musical (San Juan)

07-04-2017 puertoViernes, 7 de abril, 20:00 – Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, San Juan (Puerto Rico).
Como parte de la Serie Nuevos Virtuosos de Pro Arte Musical, el extraordinario pianista ruso Alexander Sinchuk presentará un recital el viernes 7 de abril de 2017, a las 8:00 p.m.,

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en la Sala Jesús María Sanromá del Teatro Bertita y Guillermo L. Martínez del Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.

El ascenso en la carrera de Alexander Sinchuk comenzó al resultar ganador del primer premio del IV Concurso Internacional de Rachmaninoff (Moscú, 2008). Esto lo llevó a dar su primer recital en el Carnegie Hall de Nueva York a la edad de 19 años.

Hoy día, Sinchuk se presenta en escenarios en Moscú, en Rusia y en el extranjero —Ucrania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italia, España, Alemania, Austria, Gran Bretaña, Portugal, Francia, Dinamarca, Luxemburgo, Israel, Marruecos y Estados Unidos. Sinchuk nació el 27 de julio de 1988 en la ciudad de Nakhodka, Primorsky Krai en Rusia.

Comenzó estudios en música a los siete años en la Escuela de Artes de Bolshoi Kamen. A partir del 2000, Alexander continuó su formación con la prestigiosa maestra pianista Isolda Zemskova
(Vladivostok). Mientras estudiaba en Vladivostok, el joven pianista dio conciertos en ciudades de Japón y Corea. En 2002, fue aceptado en la Escuela Central de Música del Conservatorio de Moscú P. I. Tchaikovsky, de donde se graduó en 2011 Cum Laude, para proseguir estudios graduados en la misma institución. En 2014 completó el programa de Diploma en la Thornton School of Music de la University of Southern California (L.A.), donde estudió con el legendario pianista y ganador de la Primera Competencia Internacional Tchaikovsky en Moscú en 1958, Daniel Pollack. En 2015, Sinchuk fue nombrado a un puesto de Profesor Asistente en el Conservatorio de Moscú.

Se ha presentado con numerosas orquestas de cámara y sinfónicas, tanto de su natal Rusia como de otros países, bajo la batuta de reconocidos directores como Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitri Jurowski, Dmitry Vasiliev y Howard Griffiths, entre otros. En 2010, Alexander grabó un álbum en solitario en el Gran Salón del Consevatorio de Moscú, el cual contiene obras maestras de compositores rusos como Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Scriabin and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Programa del recital:
W. Mozart. Sonata F-dur K.332
L. van Beethoven. Sonata op. 57
P. Tchaikovsky. “Dumka” op. 59
S. Rachmaninoff. Musical moments ор. 16.

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08.08.2016 | Nikita Mndoyants wins Cleveland International Piano Competition

nikita-mndoyants-newsListen to Nikita Mndoyants speak with Mark Satola on WCLV 104.9 ideastream, recorded on Monday, August 8.

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Congratulations to Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition! Nikita spoke with WCLV’s Mark Satola the day after prizes were awarded.
27-year-old Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music at an early age. He has toured throughout China, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S. Mr. Mndoyants won first prize at the Paderewsky International Piano Competition in 2007 and was a finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed in several festivals, including the Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland) and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. He also has been artist in residence at the International Music Festival in Wissembourg (France) since 2012. Mr. Mndoyants has worked with renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Charles Ansbacher, and Alexander Sladkovsky. Giving his first chamber performance with the Borodin Quartet in 2004, he has continued to cultivate his passion for chamber music, working with such ensembles as the Brentano, Eben, Zemlinsky and Szymanowsky Quartets. As a composer, Mr. Mndoyants received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers. His piano and chamber works are made available by publishing houses Composers, Muzyka, and Jurgenson, and have been performed by Daniel Hope, Nicolas Stavy, the Szymanowski and Zemlinsky Quartets, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has released solo and chamber recordings on the Classical Records and Praga Digitals labels.

31.03.2016 | BARRY DOUGLAS at the International Platonov Arts Festival

Barry Douglas NEWSPremiere in Voronezh! Barry Douglas (Piano), Ireland
10 JUNE / 18:00
Voronezh Philharmonic Hall
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I branch: Alban Berg – Sonata Op. 1,
Franz Schubert – A Major Sonata, D959
II branch:
Benjamin Britten – “Night-Piece”,
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “the Waldstein”

The concert programme features the works of the iconic western classical composers – Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven, a representative of the Viennese school, as well as Platonov’s contemporaries – an Austrian composer, a representative of musical expressionism and the Second Viennese school Alban Berg and a British composer Benjamin Britten.

Barry Douglas is a renowned Irish pianist, who attained international acclaim after winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. He is the artistic director of the Camerata Ireland orchestra and the Clandeboye Festival in Northern Ireland.

He has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestre National de France (French National Orchestra), the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Ulster Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic orchestra, London Symphony orchestra, the Russian National orchestra, the Singapore Symphony orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Melbourne Symphony orchestras alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, among others.

The pianist has collaborated with such prominent conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Colin Davis, Marek Janowski, Lawrence Foster, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, André Previn, Mstistlav Rostropovich, Kurt Sanderling, Leonard Slatkin, Yvegeny Svetlanov, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Yuri Temirkanov, as well as Neemi Jarvi, Krjstian Jarvi and Paavo Jarvi.

As an exclusive Chandos artist, he recorded a complete Brahms series in four volumes. September 2014 saw a release of Douglas’s album Celtic Reflections, presenting the pianist’s own arrangements of Irish folk music.

In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programmes.

Barry Douglas was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music. He also received a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Queens University Belfast; he is an honorary Doctor of Music at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth and a Visitng Professor at the Dublin Conservatory of Music. In May 2009 he received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the Uinversity of Wyoming (the USA).
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