A taste of Lisztomania by a young Chinese virtuoso
Praised for his “equable, rounded tone” and “mature technique” by the BBC magazine for his Liszt Transcriptions album, Niu Niu has made professional appearances at major concert venues around the world, most notably for his performance of the Dvořák Piano Concerto with Jiří Bělohlávek at the Dvořák Prague Festival and touring as guest soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
No stranger to notoriously challenging repertoire, the now 23-year-old pianist and first laureate of the Artemisia Foundation will demonstrate his power and virtuosity in a solo recital evoking the zenith of Liszt’s glorious days as Europe’s best-selling concert pianist.
The programme features a rare pairing of two monumental works by the Franz Liszt - the herculean Sonata in B minor, which has continued to inspire awe and controversy since its inception, and the composer’s ingenious transcription of Beethoven’s complete Fifth Symphony, a choice not for the fainthearted.
Approx 1 hr 25 mins incl 1 interval
Intermezzo in A major, Op 118, No 2
Piano Sonata in B minor, S 178
Symphony No 5 (Transcribed for piano)