Friday, September 21st, 2018

With his victory in Glasgow, Can Çakmur has “confirmed his disarmingly unaffected, very special talents, at once naive and highly sophisticated”, as highlighted by the press. Prior to his success in the Scottish Piano Competition, the young Turkish pianist born in 1997 had already been awarded a number of prizes and scholarships. An avid writer and speaker, Çakmur has been writing monthly for the Andante Classical Music Magazine since 2015 and regularly moderates his own concerts. In 2016, he was invited by the Istanbul Music Festival for a pre-concert talk before the 75th Birthday Recital of Idil Biret. After completing his studies in Ankara, he was admitted to the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied with Marcella Crudeli, earning his “Diplome de Virtuosité” with the highest honours in 2014. In the meantime, he had the chance to work with musicians such as Leslie Howard, Robert Levin, Ewa Kupiec, Arie Vardi and Alan Weiss (among many others) at music academies such as The International Holland Music Sessions, the Liszt-Akademie in Schillingsfürst or the Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig. He is currently studying with Grigory Gruzman at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar and keeps on attending Diane Andersen’s private lessons in Belgium.

Scottish International Piano Competition (Glasgow, UK)

Ever since its debut in 1986, this triennial competition has been ranked among the most prestigious in the UK and has allowed many extremely talented young musicians to reach international fame: Tom Poster (2007), Katya Apekisheva (1998), Charles Owen (1995), Susan Tomes (Second Prize in 1986) and Graeme McNaught (first winner in 1986). The 2017 jury, chaired by the director of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Aaron Shorr, included world-class pianists of the caliber of Steven Osborne and Olga Kern.

(programme without intermission)

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (Rohrau, 1732 – Vienna, 1809)
Andante e Variazioni in fa minore, Hob:XVII:6

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (Bonn, 1770 – Vienna, 1827)
Sonata in mi bemolle maggiore, op. 7
-    Allegro molto e con brio
-    Largo con gran espressione
-    Allegro    
-    Rondo    Poco Allegretto e grazioso

FRANZ SCHUBERT (Vienna, 1797 – 1828)
Sonata in si bemolle maggiore, D 960
-    Molto moderato
-    Andante sostenuto
-    Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza
-    Allegro ma non troppo

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