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Vstup volný- FREE CONCERT- Lobkowiczký palác, 1. května 2018, 18:00- May 1

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ELMIRA DARVAROVA, housle (USA)

VASSILY LOBANOV, klavír (Rusko)


Program: Johannes Brahms, César Franck, Clara Schumann


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The New York Chamber Music Festival is visiting Prague! On May 1, at 6pm (18:00), at the Lobkowicz Palace ( 3 Jiřská, Prague Casle), there will be a FREE concert performance presented by the New York Chamber Music Festival, featuring two internationally-acclaimed artists -- the world-renowned Russian pianist VASSILY LOBANOV (a former piano duo partner of the legendary Sviatoslav Richter) and the Grammy-nominated American violinist ELMIRA DARVAROVA (Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards). In the program: immortal masterpieces by Johannes Brahms, César Franck and Clara Schumann.


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ELMIRA DARVAROVA, violin


GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist, an award-winning performer (Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards) and a concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova caused a sensation, becoming the first ever (and so far only) woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the MET Orchestra she toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts and CDs for Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber. She studied with Yfrah Neaman in London, with Josef Gingold in the United States and, privately with Henryk Szeryng. She can be heard on numerous CDs (including the world premiere of Vernon Duke's concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony, and a CD with music by René de Castéra, named a RECORD OF THE YEAR 2015 by MusicWeb International). She has appeared on the stages of five continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony and with numerous European and American orchestras. She has given master classes at many festivals worldwide and has performed chamber music with James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Pascal Rogé. A documentary film about her was shown on European television. She performs with the New York Piano Quartet, the Delphinium Trio, the Quinteto del Fuego, the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with pianist Fernando Otero. She is Jury President of several international chamber music competitions in Europe, and Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. Praised by The STRAD for her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone”, she was featured in a Gramophone Magazine article about her world-premiere recording with the Vienna Radio Symphony of Vernon Duke's concerto (written for Heifetz in 1940). More info at: www.elmiradarvarova.com




VASSILY LOBANOV, piano


Born in Moscow, Vassily Lobanov is one of the foremost pianists and composers of his generation. He studied piano with Heinrich Neuhaus and Lev Naumov and composition with Sergei Balassanyan and Alfred Schnittke. Close musical collaboration with Sviatoslav Richter followed. Lobanov’s composition instructor Alfred Schnittke, one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, said of Lobanov: “There are talented composers and there are talented pianists, but seldom do those two talents converge in such brilliant proportion as they do in Vassily Lobanov …” Among Lobanov’s many works are two operas, "Antigone" (1989 performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow) and "Father Sergius" (1995 performed in Germany); several instrumental concertos (for Cello, Piano, Viola, Trumpet, and a Double Concerto for Violin and Clarinet); String Quartets; Sonatas for Piano, Cello, Flute, Viola, Clarinet. His works (available at Sikorski Edition, Hamburg) have been performed at major music festivals, such as Berliner Festwochen, Luzern, Kuhmo, Moscow Autumn, Santa Fe, Glasgow and many others.

As pianist he began his distinguished concert career in Russia in 1966, expanding his appearances world-wide since 1978, performing in the music metropolises of Europe, the US, Japan and South America with such conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Heinrich Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Poppen, Alexander Lazarev and many others. He participated in numerous international festivals (such as Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein, Lockenhaus, Wiener Festwochen, Luzern, Kuhmo, Santa Fe, Mondsee, Tour, Casals Festival) and was a member of multiple chamber music ensembles. He performed in a piano duo with Sviatoslav Richter, a piano trio with Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman, and still today remains a member of a piano quartet alongside Victor Tretiakov, Juri Bashmet and Natalia Gutman. He concertized with many other renowned artists, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Marc Kaplan, Kolja Blacher, Kim Kashkashian, Penderecki String Quartet. Lobanov’s major concert and chamber music appearances are documented in a series of radio broadcast recordings and numerous CDs (on the Philips, Ondine, Classics Live, Tudor, Chant du Monde, Melodia labels). Based in Germany since 1990, he has held a piano professorship at the Cologne Musikhochschule since 1997. In 2016, he became а professor at the Kalaidos Conservatory (Switzerland) and а visiting professor at the Birmingham Conservatory (England). He leads masterclasses for piano, chamber music and composition in Russia, Germany, Austria (Mozarteum Salzburg), Poland, Japan, Chile and Finland. In 1997, he founded the Osnabrücker Musiktage Chamber Music Festival, serving as its artistic director until 2001. More info at: www.lobanov.de





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