The Pharos Arts Foundation in collaboration with PwC Cyprus will present a piano recital with Matan Porat on Friday in Nicosia.
Porat, who is considered to be one of the most original voices to have emerged in recent years with artistic activity encompassing a wide spectrum of work as a pianist and composer, will perform Images of Piano, Book I and Prélude à l’aprés – midi d’un faune by Claude Debussy, Suite en La by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Humoresque for piano in B-flat major by Robert Schumman.
Porat’s varied concert programme ranges from the complete Bach Partitas and Schubert Sonatas to Ives’ Concord Sonata and the Ligeti Concerto. His debut CD, Variations on a theme by Scarlatti – a 65-minute programme of pieces from Couperin to Boulez which relate to Scarlatti’s Sonata K.32 – was released on the Mirare label and was hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as “a fantastic album that one should hear over and over again”.
The pianist has played solo recitals at such venues as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt and 92Y in New York. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Concerto Budapest, Geneva Camerata, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, he has participated in many distinguished festivals including the Marlboro, Lockenhaus, Ravinia, Verbier, Hohenems, Musicfest Berlin and Rheingau Festivals. Chamber music appearances include performances with the Artemis Quartet, Cuarteto Casals, Pacifica and Jerusalem Quartets, Sharon Kam, Emmanuel Pahud and members of the Guarneri Quartet. In 2011 Porat toured with Peter Brook’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, in an experimental version for piano solo and seven singers.
Born in Tel-Aviv, Porat studied with Emanuel Krasovsky, Maria Joao Pires and Murray Perahia. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School.
Winner of the 2009 Prime Minister Award for composers, Porat studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and George Benjamin.
Porat’s works have been commissioned and performed by Andreas Scholl, Maria Joao Pires, Kim Kashkashian, Avi Avital, Cuarteto Casals and Nicolas Altstaedt, as well as the Academy of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. David Orlowsky’s CD, featuring Porat’s Lux Aeterna, won the ECHO Award in 2011; Porat’s piece Whaam!, recorded by David Greilsammer for Sony, was released in 2012. Among his performed pieces are an opera, Animal Farm; a Requiem; a mandolin concerto; and a music theatre trilogy for an actor and ensemble based on stories by Kafka, Orwell and Thomas Mann.
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a live performance by the pianist. December 8. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. € 10/15. Tel: 22-663871