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A great pianist plays Haydn and Chopin

On Thursday The Pharos Arts Foundation, with the support of The Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, will present a recital by Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia at 8.30pm.

The pianist, who has been described by the New York Times as immensely gifted, with prodigious technique, myriad shadings and scrupulous accuracy, will perform Joseph Haydn’s Sonata No.53 in E minor, HobXVI/34, Frederic Chopin’s Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op.20 and Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op.31, Alexander Scriabin’s Fantaisie in B minor, Op.28, and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Neuf Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39

Pisarenko has been taking Europe by storm after winning the First Prize in the 8th International Franz List Piano Competition in 2008 when he was only 21, with performances in recitals and concertos with renowned orchestras all over the world to great critical and audience acclaim.

Pisarenko gave his first public recital at the age of six and since winning the Liszt Competition, he has performed in more than 25 countries including Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, China, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the USA. His highly successful appearances include concerts at the Basilica Festival of Flanders, the Piano Pic Festival in France, the Berlin International Music Festival, the Delft Chamber Music Festival and the Busoni Festival in Bolzano.

In 2009 the pianist toured extensively with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Ushuaia Festival in Argentina. The same year, he toured with the Heath Quartet, winners of the TROMP International Music Competition, and performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in the reopening ceremony of De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam. He also took part in the European Liszt Nights tour and performed at the Vilnius Piano Festival and in South Africa. In 2010, he performed in Shanghai during the World EXPO and toured with the Gelders Orkest performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.4, and a year later, he was invited to Japan for an extensive tour with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the following years, Pisarenko has made his debuts at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Musikverein in Vienna, De Singel in Antwerp, the Palace of Arts in Budapest and in South Korea performing at the Seoul Arts Centre with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. He has toured China with performances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall and has appeared at several prestigious festivals including the International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki (Poland), the Euro Music Festival in Halle (Germany), the Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam) and the Diaghilev Festival (St. Petersburg).

In 2014 he returned to Belgium for a tour of Liszt’s Confession with actor Warre Borgmans, and gave a number of solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in the USA, Italy, China and the UK. Among his engagements in 2015 are recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and St. James’s, Piccadilly, and tours in South Africa and China.

Pisarenko began his studies in Ukraine and continued at Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at Oxana Yablonskaya’s Piano Institute in Italy. In 2014 he graduated with a Master’s degree with distinction from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Dmitri Alexeev.

Piano Recital
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a piano recital with Vitaly Pisarenko. December 3. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871

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