Cyprus Mail

Bassoon and piano meet

By Maria Gregoriou

This Wednesday the Pharos Arts Foundation presents a recital with bassoonist Bence Bogányi and pianist Miwa Hoyano.

The concert will present pieces for the bassoon and piano, and also solo pieces for both instruments.

Boganyi, whose instrument is currently used extensively in the symphony orchestra and opera, with innumerable composers having written for it, will present Kovacs Moldavia for bassoon solo, and Sary’s Grandmother’s dance for bassoon solo.

The bassoonist, who is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, began his studies with László Hara in Helsinki, continuing on as a post-graduate student at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where he studied with Klaus Thunemann.

In 1997 he won the First Prize at the International Crusell Competition in Finland, and in 2006, the First Prize at the International Fernand Gillet / Hugo Fox Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana.

His first orchestra position was as principal bassoonist of the Finnish State Opera in Helsinki. In 2002, he was appointed principal bassoonist of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2004, he became the Solo-bassoonist of the Berlin Radio Orchestra.

From 2007 until 2013, he was the principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2013 he has held the position of bassoon at the Academy of Music in Hannover.

On Wednesday, he will also accompany Hoyano to perform the following pieces for bassoon and piano: Bach’s Preludium in C major, Bartok’s Rumanian Dances, Saint-Saens’s Sonata, Dubois’ Tango Sonatina, and Orban’s Sonata for bassoon and piano.

Hoyano, from Japan, began her career as a pianist at the age of four. After completing the undergraduate course on Piano Performance at the Tokyo College of Music, she was admitted to the prestigious Soloklasse of Prof. Bernd Goetzke at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media.

Miwa performs extensively throughout Japan and Europe both as a soloist and as chamber musician, and is a regular guest at music festivals, such as the Ticino Musica Music festival in Switzerland and the Musica Riva Festival in Italy.

She has won various competitions, more recently, the Ibla Grand Prize International Music Competition in Sicily in 2014. As a result of this prize, she will have her debut performance in Carnegie Hall in New York in May 2015 as part of her debut tour in the US.

The pianist will perform Ravel’s La Valse for piano,  Ichyianagi’s Cloud Atlas for piano, and Chopin’s Ballade for piano No. 4 in F-minor.

Bassoon and Piano Recital
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents Bence Boganyi and Miwa Hoyano. April 15. The Shoe Factory,  Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871


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