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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25.03.2015 | DMITRY MAYBORODA and LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

ДМИТРИЙ МАЙБОРОДА newsRachmaninoff: Inside Out
Mayboroda performs Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto
25 March 2015, Wednesday
7:30 PM, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 (final version)
Ilyich Rivas conductor
Dmitry Mayboroda piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
In co-operation with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation
Dmitry Mayboroda was born in 1993 in Moscow.
Since 2011 he has been a student at the Moscow State Conservatoire in the class of the Merited Artist of Russia, Professor Valery Pyasetsky.
Dmitry Mayboroda has been winner of several International competition such as the I All-Russian Music Competition in Moscow (2002), the VII Vladimir Krainev International Young Pianists’ Competition in Kharkiv (2004), the IV Jūrmala-2004 International Young Pianists’ Competition in Latvia (1st prize), the VI Nutcracker International Young Musicians’ TV Competition (2005, 1st prize), the III Alexei Nasedkin Young Pianists’ Open Competition in Yaroslavl (2005, 1st prize), the VII Spring in Russia International Chamber Music Festival (2007, 1st prize in the category “Debut”), the XIII Eurovision-2006 International Young Musicians’ Competition in Vienna (3rd prize), the New Names International Young Musicians’ Competition (2008, 1st prize), the VI Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians’ Competition in South Korea (2009) and the VII Dedication to Franz Liszt International Young Pianists’ Competition in Moscow (2010, Grand Prix). In September 2013 he took part in the XXV Clara Haskil International Piano Competition (Vevier, Switzerland), at which he was a finalist and won the Bruno Mantovani Special Prize.
Dmitry was participant of International Music Festivals in Rheingau (Germany, 2003), St-Petersburg (Russia, 2003), Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, 2005), «Crescendo» (Russia, 2006 and 2010), «Kissinger Klavier Olympiad» (Germany, 2007, 2008), «Mozart-Tchaikovsky» (Russia, 2008), «The young Kremlin musical” (Russia, 2008), Antalya, Turkey (2009), «Stars on Baykal lake» (Irkutsk, Russia, 2010), Ravinia Festival (USA, 2011) and Winter Festival in Brazil (2012).
He performed concerts at G8 and Russia and the EU summits in St Petersburg and Khanty-Mansiysk as well as presidential concerts in Sochi and Novo-Ogaryovo.
Dmitry Mayboroda has performed with the symphony orchestras conducted by Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Saulius Sondetskis, in addition to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christian Arming, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Filarmonica 900 orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, etc.
He has toured to France, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Norway, The Netherlands, the USA, Finland, Great Britain, Belgium, Ukraine and Japan.
Dmitry Mayboroda has been a grant-recipient of the New Names foundation and Vladimir Spivakov’s Russian Performing Arts foundation.
Since 2010 he is supported by the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation as one of the most promising ambassadors of the music of the composer.
Dmitry Mayboroda was involved in the production of the TV film “Kindred Souls Don’t Grow on Trees” about the friendship of the two great composers Tchaikovsky and Grieg (Kultura TV).
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