Piano PoetsThe 6th Vilnius Piano Festival
FRYDERYK CHOPIN – Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
ROBERT SCHUMANN –Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
JOHANNES BRAHMS – Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
Tonight the 6th Vilnius Piano Festival presents Nikita Mndoyants, the first prize winner at the International Paderewski Piano Competition and Cleveland International Piano Competition. He also was awarded first prizes as a composer at the Myaskowsky International Competition for Young Composers and the International Prokofiev Competition for Composers.
Mndoyants was born to a family of Muscovite musicians in 1989. At the age 8 he gave his first recital, and released his first CD at the age 10. The pianist has performed in most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Salle Cortot and Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Rudolfinum in Prague and many others. Mndoyants has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Eri Klas and Ignat Solzhenitsyn to name but a few. In this concert he will perform music by three 19th-century romanticists. Chopin’s lyrical Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No 1. will be followed by R. Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 – an imposing romanticist opus. Composed in 1837, the 18-piece composition has obvious links with Carnival; the Davidsbündler (League of David) was a music society created by Schumann in his writings. The three composers featured on tonight’s programme were remarkable pianists themselves. Schumann dubbed Brahms a genius; Brahms was always attentive and concentrated: virtuosity for its own sake had no meaning for him. The twenty-year-old composer wrote a cycle of three sonatas in 1853. His grandioso five-movement Third Sonata in F minor displays Beethoven’s influence, but at the same time showcases youthful spirit of Brahms, a temperamental and passionate dreamer.