Matsuev and Young Laureates Piano Gala
Music 
8 Mar 2019
Matsuev and Young Laureates Piano Gala
Music 
8 Mar 2019

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Matsuev and Young Laureates Piano Gala
Music 
8 Mar 2019

Matsuev and Young Laureates Piano Gala

Four wunderkinds from the Grand Piano Competition, a Moscow-based springboard for young pianists founded by Denis Matsuev, will share the stage with the Russian master for an evening of musical surprises.

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Four wunderkinds from the Grand Piano Competition, a Moscow-based springboard for young pianists founded by Denis Matsuev, will share the stage with the Russian master for an evening of musical surprises.
The master and his protégés

Pianist Denis Matsuev is not only the epitome of the Russian pianistic tradition, but also an avid organiser of festivals and educational projects that aim to nurture the next generation of musicians. Among these, four future superstars discovered at the Moscow-based Grand Piano Competition will perform in this special evening gala with Matsuev.

The Competition, limited to young virtuosos under 16 years old, has seen prodigies possessing impressive skills, sophistication in interpretation and the poise of seasoned performers. Handpicked by Matsuev, four young pianists from Russia and China will make their HKAF debut: Alexandra Dovgan, Alexander Malofeev, Ivan Bessonov and Yichen Yu. Dovgan was the youngest participant ever, topping the contest in 2018 at just 10 years old. The 2016 Grand Prix winner Alexander Malofeev, now aged 17, has already set out on a promising career track – he has toured twelve countries spanning four continents and collaborated with prestigious orchestras and conductors that include the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Bessonov and Yu were awarded the Competition’s Audience Prize in 2016 and 2018, respectively, and have gone on to receive prizes and accolades in Russia and beyond.

Performing solo and duet works, these piano wunderkinds of the new millennium will share the stage with Matsuev for an evening of superlative music-making.
Piano
Denis Matsuev
Alexandra Dovgan
Alexander Malofeev
Ivan Bessonov
Yichen Yu
Schubert
Rondo from Piano Sonata No 17, D850
Piano: Yichen Yu

Chopin
Polonaise-fantaisie, Op 61
Piano: Yichen Yu

Chopin
Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 35
Piano: Ivan Bessonov

Bach (arr. for piano by M. Hess)
“Jesus bleibet meine Freude” from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147 
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Chopin
Waltz in A-flat major, Op 42
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Chopin
Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op 64, No 2
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Mendelssohn (arr. by Rachmaninov)
Scherzo in D minor from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Chasins
Rush Hour in Hong Kong
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Rachmaninov
Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 36
Piano: Alexander Malofeev

Balakirev
Islamey, Op 18
Piano: Alexander Malofeev

Shostakovich
Concertino for Two Pianos in A minor, Op 94
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan and Alexander Malofeev

Rachmaninov
Polka italienne (four hands)
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan and Denis Matsuev

Lutosławski
Variations on a Theme by Paganini (two pianos)
Piano: Alexander Malofeev and Denis Matsuev
Introduction
The master and his protégés

Pianist Denis Matsuev is not only the epitome of the Russian pianistic tradition, but also an avid organiser of festivals and educational projects that aim to nurture the next generation of musicians. Among these, four future superstars discovered at the Moscow-based Grand Piano Competition will perform in this special evening gala with Matsuev.

The Competition, limited to young virtuosos under 16 years old, has seen prodigies possessing impressive skills, sophistication in interpretation and the poise of seasoned performers. Handpicked by Matsuev, four young pianists from Russia and China will make their HKAF debut: Alexandra Dovgan, Alexander Malofeev, Ivan Bessonov and Yichen Yu. Dovgan was the youngest participant ever, topping the contest in 2018 at just 10 years old. The 2016 Grand Prix winner Alexander Malofeev, now aged 17, has already set out on a promising career track – he has toured twelve countries spanning four continents and collaborated with prestigious orchestras and conductors that include the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. Bessonov and Yu were awarded the Competition’s Audience Prize in 2016 and 2018, respectively, and have gone on to receive prizes and accolades in Russia and beyond.

Performing solo and duet works, these piano wunderkinds of the new millennium will share the stage with Matsuev for an evening of superlative music-making.
Musicians
Piano
Denis Matsuev
Alexandra Dovgan
Alexander Malofeev
Ivan Bessonov
Yichen Yu
Programme
Schubert
Rondo from Piano Sonata No 17, D850
Piano: Yichen Yu

Chopin
Polonaise-fantaisie, Op 61
Piano: Yichen Yu

Chopin
Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 35
Piano: Ivan Bessonov

Bach (arr. for piano by M. Hess)
“Jesus bleibet meine Freude” from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147 
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Chopin
Waltz in A-flat major, Op 42
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Chopin
Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op 64, No 2
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Mendelssohn (arr. by Rachmaninov)
Scherzo in D minor from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Chasins
Rush Hour in Hong Kong
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan

Rachmaninov
Piano Sonata No 2 in B-flat minor, Op 36
Piano: Alexander Malofeev

Balakirev
Islamey, Op 18
Piano: Alexander Malofeev

Shostakovich
Concertino for Two Pianos in A minor, Op 94
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan and Alexander Malofeev

Rachmaninov
Polka italienne (four hands)
Piano: Alexandra Dovgan and Denis Matsuev

Lutosławski
Variations on a Theme by Paganini (two pianos)
Piano: Alexander Malofeev and Denis Matsuev