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.

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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

01.10.2015 | Exclusive interview with VLADIMIR KHOMYAKOV. Shine On Hollywood Magazine

shineonhollKHOMYAKOV -NEWS“At this point in my career, I have learned to appreciate events, people, and opportunities.
My life has taught me many things, but most of all to be optimistic about the future. I still believe in the best for classical music and myself as a part of it.” Vladimir Khomyakov

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15.08.2015 | Classical Music Artists Management and Russian concert organizations present: a large concert tour of pianist Vladimir Khomyakov

vladimir khomyakov_newsThe concerts will take place in October 2015 and February/March 2016 in Arkhangelsk, Moscow, Kazan, Ufa, Magnitogorsk, Voronezh, Tolyatti, Samara, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Astrakhan. You will have an opportunity to hear the great piano concerti and the brightest original solo program.

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On the posters of the Russian Philharmonic Societies there’s an intriguing name – «The Fire Dances» (“The Passion of Spain”). And it is absolutely correct of those who immediately thought of «Danza ritual del fuego» from the ballet by Manuel de Falla’s «El amor brujo». The first part of this sparkling, fascinating and extremely challenging program will introduce to listeners the variety of masterpieces of Spanish and Latin American piano music: Isaac Albeniz – “Córdoba” and “Asturias” from the suite “Spain”, in which the composer refers to “a gold mine of folk art” and connects dance traditions of various regions of the country; Enrique Granados – enchanting sound and richness of Spanish folklore in his «Andaluza». «El Pelele» and «Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor» from «Goyescas»; experimental harmonic solutions in the «Tres danzas Argentinas» by Alberto Ginastera.
The second part will feature renowned «Gaspard de la nuit» and «Alborada del gracioso» by Maurice Ravel – the pinnacles of the piano mastery, filled with unique Spanish flavor.
In addition to the solo piano recital, Vladimir Khomyakov will appear as a soloist with the Voronezh Youth Symphony Orchestra (conductor – Alexander Walker, UK), with the symphony orchestras of Tolyatti Philharmonic, Altai Philharmonic and Tomsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, performing the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 by L. van Beethoven, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 of S. Rachmaninoff, as well as the brilliant 21st Piano Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in which Vladimir Khomyakov will appear as both conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra «Volga Philharmonic» of the Samara State Philharmonic Society.