2014-02-27 / News

Russian pianist will perform Sunday

Moscow-born pianist Vassily Primakov will tickle the ivory on Sunday, March 2, at St. Matthew’s Church. The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. Primakov will offer a program of fantasias by Chopin, Schumann and Schubert, and will also perform Beethoven’s well-known “Moonlight Sonata.”

Primakov made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with an all-Chopin program in April 2013. The Russian played a similar program at the Breakers during the Newport Music Festival last summer.

Primakov began his piano studies at an early age with his mother. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of 11, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School. He won first prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists international auditions, and was named the 2007 young artist of the year by the Classical Recording Foundation.

In 2009, Primakov’s recording of Chopin Mazurkas was named best of the year by National Public Radio. BBC Music Magazine in November 2010 praised Primakov’s first volume of Mozart concertos.

“The piano playing is of exceptional quality,” the review said. “Refined, multicolored, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety. By almost every objective criterion, Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation.”

Primakov’s performance is sponsored by Chris Cannon and Carol Hopkins. A reception in the church hall will follow the performance. Donations for piano maintenance and performance support will be accepted.

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