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2.00 pm Dinara Klinton
Nocturne in F sharp minor Op 48 no 2 (7')
Mazurka in A minor Op 68 no 2 (3')
Sonata no 2 in B flat minor Op 35 (23')
Grave - Doppio movimento / Scherzo / Funeral March / Presto
Dinara Klinton is an active concert performer and prize-winner of over 15 international competitions. Dinara has performed at many major concert venues including the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, and worked with such orchestras as The Philharmonia Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also appeared on BBC2 and on Radio 3. As a recording artist, Dinara has received widespread critical acclaim for her interpretations. Among many dazzling reviews, her album Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139, released by the German label GENUIN classics, was selected by BBC Music Magazine as Recording of the Month. Dinara's debut album Music of Chopin and Liszt was made at the age of 16 with an American label DELOS, and the most recent CD is a part of renowned recording series Chopin. Complete Works on contemporary instruments, released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute. Dinara graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, has a Master of Performance degree with distinction from the Royal College of Music where she studied under Dina Parakhina and where she now holds a position of Assistant Professor of Piano
2.45 pm Sasha Grynyuk
Fantasy in F minor Op 49 (14')
Mazurkas Op 30 (10')
no 1 in C minor / 2 in B minor / 3 in D flat / 4 in C sharp minor
Waltz in A flat (1827) (2')
Waltz in A minor (2')
Waltz in E flat (1840) (2')
Waltz in E flat (1829) (3')
Winner of over ten international competitions, prizes and awards, Sasha was chosen as a 'Rising Star' for BBC Music Magazine and International Piano Magazine . His successes also include First Prizes in the Grieg International Piano Competition and the BNDES International Piano Competition, in addition to winning the Guildhall School of Music's most prestigious award – the Gold Medal - previously won by such artists as Jacqueline Du Pré and Bryn Terfel.Sasha has performed in many major venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Wiener Konzerthaus, Weil Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall, New York), Teatro Real (Rio de Janeiro) and Salle Cortot (Paris). He has performed with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Orchestra Sinfonica Brasiliera. His recording of music by Glenn Gould and Friedrich Gulda for Piano Classics was chosen as the record of the month for the German magazine Piano News and shortlisted for the New York Classical Radio Award. Among Sa sha's ongoing projects are performances of Shostakovich's original piano score for the 1929 silent film The New Babylon , which he premièred at LSO St. Luke's and later performed at Leif Ove Andsnes' Rosendal Festival, Norway. Born in Ukraine, Sasha studied at the Guildhall School in London. Sasha is a Keyboard Trust artist and currently benefits from the artistic guidance of its founder Noretta Conci-Leech.
3.30 pm Yuanfan Yang
24 Preludes Op 28 (44')
Yuanfan Yang has won numerous piano competitions, including 1st Prize in the Frechilla-Zuloaga International Piano Competition in Spain 2021, and the Roma International Piano Competition in 2018. Prior to this, he had won 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition in 2015 and 1 st Prize of the 4 th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar in 2014. He was the Keyboard Winner and a Grand Finalist of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012. Yuanfan has performed and toured in many countries throughout Europe, Asia and the USA, and has performed with concertos with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Minnesota Orchestra and the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.Yuanfan is also a versatile composer and an accomplished improviser. His composition ‘Waves' won the Overall Award in the EPTA UK Composition Competition 2011, and the BBC Proms Young Composers Competition 2011. His ‘Haunted Bell' won first prize in the Golden Key International Composition Competition in 2012. In August 2019, Yuanfan toured his own Piano Concerto No. 1 ‘The Wilderness' in China as the soloist with the China National Orchestra of Theatre & Dance, and in September 2019, Yuanfan's new Piano Concerto No. 2 ‘The Peony Pavilion' was premiered with the Hornton Symphony Orchestra in London.Yuanfan's debut album Watercolour was released in September 2017 by Orchid Classics to critical acclaim, including 4* from International Piano Magazine . Yuanfan recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First Class Masters Degree, and is now studying for his Artist Diploma there.
4.15 pm tea interval
4.45 pm Martin Cousin
Nocturnes Op 37 nos 1&2 (12')
no 1 in G minor / no 2 in G major
Bolero Op 19 (8')
Berceuse Op 57 (5')
Polonaise in A flat Op 53 (7')
Martin Cousin is now regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists of his generation, having been awarded 1st prize at the 2005 Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition and Gold Medal at the 2003 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. He has appeared regularly in the major British musical venues and performed internationally since graduating from the Royal College of Music, making his London solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1998. Numerous solo recitals followed, notably at the Wigmore Hall in 2001,2005 and 2011. He has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Concert Orchestras. 2006 saw the release of his debut CD of Rachmaninov's Sonata No 1 and Morceaux de Salon with SOMM Recordings, which was selected as Classical CD of the week by the Daily Telegraph. His disc of Rachmaninov's Études-Tableaux was released in 2014 and was proclaimed 'a landmark recording' by The Observer with a 5-star review. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed, 'Based on the present disc and on the towering performance of the First Sonata on his debut CD, I am prepared to state that Cousin is among the most distinguished Rachmaninoff pianists of our generation.'Martin's hands are also featured on the big screen in the Oscar-winning film "Shine",for the scenes involving Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.
5.25 pm Ignas Maknickas
Mazurkas Op 59 (10')
no 1 in A minor / 2 in A flat / 3 in F sharp minor
Nocturnes Op 27 nos 1&2 (11')
no 1 in C sharp minor / 2 in D flat major
Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52 (10')
In July 2021 Ignas Maknickas received “The Queen's Commendation for Excellence” as the highestscoring graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. He has taken First Prize at the XIX Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Szafarnia, First Prize at the XX Piano Competition “Young Virtuoso” in Zagreb and, in 2019, Third Prize at the Aarhus Piano Competition. Born in California in 1998, Ignas was raised in Lithuania, and graduated from the National M.K. Ciurlionis School of Art in Vilnius in 2017. With his sister and three brothers the Maknickas Family Ensemble has represented Lithuania on National Television and at State Occasions. Ignas completed his Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music on full scholarship under Professor Joanna MacGregor. In September 2021 he commenced the Master of Arts Programme with Professor MacGregor, also on full scholarship. He is a recipient of the Molyneaux Prize, the ABRSM Scholarship Award and the Imogen Cooper Music Trust Scholarship, and is an Artist of the Arts Global Foundation.