Encore Series: Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich

2014-12-09 20:00 - 22:00

Encore Series: Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich

When: 9 Dec 2014 Tue 20:00
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

 Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich


'He is a genius.' In one of the most unconventional settings, Martha Argerich declared the Belgrade-born pianist Ivo Pogorelich a pianist of unsurpassed skill and esoteric insights at the Chopin competition that Pogorelich did not make to the final. His unusual approach to music has since created sensation; The New York Times once wrote, 'it was as if he played 200 years ahead of our time.'

Pogorelich is known today as 'a poet of the instrument'. The pianist continues to perform on stages around the world and, since his reputation grows, contributes to Sarajevo by setting up foundations for musical and humanitarian causes. He is also one of the most frequently-recorded pianists, having an extensive catalogue of repertory ranging from Baroque to 20th century.

A rare event of the legendary Pogorelich in action will begin with two grand romantic fantasies, Liszt's Dante-Sonata visioning the tortures in hell and joys in heaven, and Schumann's Fantasy in C filled with lyricism and tenderness. The equally demanding second half consists of the ballet scenes of Stravinsky's Petrushka turned into piano bravuras, and Brahms' Paganini variations, turning the most famous melody into a full-fledge symphony for piano.


Liszt - Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata
Schumann - Fantasie in C, Op. 17
Stravinsky - Three Movements from Petrushka
Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Paganini in A Minor, Op. 35

Ivo Pogorelich

Ivo Pogorelich
Ivo Pogorelich was born in Belgrade in 1958 as son of a musician. He received his first piano lessons at the age of seven and went to Moscow at the age of 12 to study at the Central Special Music School and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1976 he began intensive studies with the renowned pianist and teacher Aliza Kezeradze, with whom he was married from 1980 until her untimely death in 1996. Kezeradze was able to transmit the spirit and matter of the school of Beethoven and Liszt, originated in Vienna and then carried through to the Conservatory of St. Petersburg, flourishing towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Century.

Pogorelich won the first prize at the Alessandro Casagrande Competition at Terni (Italy) in 1978 and the first price at the Montreal International Music Competition in 1980. In October of the same year he entered the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw where, when prevented from participating in the final contest as a soloist with the orchestra, a fierce controversy resulted in the renowned Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich, a member of the jury, protesting and leaving the competition, joined by other members of the jury panel, with the words 'He is a genius'. This event drew the attention of the whole musical world to the young pianist.

Ever since his debut recital in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1981, Pogorelich has created a sensation with his performances in all the great concert halls throughout the world; starting in the United States and followed by performances on all four continents. He has received invitations to play with numerous major orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, all the London Orchestras, the Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, New York Philharmonic Orchestras of the United States and major orchestras elsewhere. Wherever and whenever he plays, his stunning interpretations of the music confirm the originality of his talent and intellect. The New York Times once wrote 'He played each note exactly, with such a feeling, such expression, he was an entire orchestra - it was as if he played 200 years ahead of our time'. In this spirit Pogorelich is known today as a poet of the instrument.


Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes. Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.


Pre-concert Talk: The Tradition of Piano Recital (Conducted in Cantonese)
Speaker: Norman Lee (Pianist, Music Educator)

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