THE WINNERS: ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV | ETTORE POZZOLI INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Fazioli Concert Hall, Sacile (PN)
Friday, June 6th 2014
Alexander Yakovlev, winner of the last edition of the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) played an amazing concert at the Fazioli Hall within THE WINNERS Series.
Among the pieces in his program, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgskij, in Yakovlev's own transcription.
Alexander Yakovlev was born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) in 1981. Alexander began his musical studies at the age of 6. He completed Rostov-on-Don conservatory and post graduate course in classical piano with professor Sergey Osipenko. At the same time, Alexander studied composition in the class of professor Leonid Klinichev. Later on, he studied in Salzburg Academy “ Mozarteum ” with professor Alexey Lubimov and in Berlin University of Arts (UdK) with professor Pascal Devoyon . Also he took masterclasses with professor Vincenzo Balzani in Milan.
The rapid growth of the pianist's international carrier started in 2006 after his winning the piano competition named after Chopin in Rome where Alexander Yakovlev received Grand prix and a concert grand as a gift. He performed Mozart’ piano Concerto n°.24 and that performance was broadcasted throughout the world by Vatican Radio.
Within the years from 2006 to 2012, Alexander Yakovlev was rewarded with more than 55 first prizes at the prestigious world piano competitions. After winning the “Valsesia International Piano Competition ”In Varallo (Italy). The 3rd concert of Prokofiev, performed by Alexander Yakovlev was recorded in 5000 copies and sold by the firm “Suonare” in Italy.
Alexander won prizes at prestigious international competition of pianists in Geneva,“Rina Salo Galo Piano Competition” in Monza (Italy), “Pozoli Piano Competition” in Seregno(Italy), “Arthur Schnabel Competition” in Berlin (Germany). The pianist succeeded in more than 50 countries of Europe,Asia and America. He won the first prizes at such famous competitions as “Moderne Compositore” in Madrid, the concerts competition in Cantu (Italy),Ferrol(Spain), “Boesendorfer Piano Competition” in Sofia, “Neue Sterne” in Germany.
In 2010, Alexander Yakovlev won the first prize at the international piano competition in Monterrey (Mexico) - “Parnassos piano competition in Monterrey city”, and two years later, in 2012, he caused a sensation at one of the world most prestigious piano competitions (and one of the most prestigious competitions in America) in Cincinnati - “Cincinnati World Piano Competition”.
The world press comments about the pianist's performance: “Virtuoso and thinker. Alexander Yakovlev has his own style, based on a deep reading of composers' conception ...”, “His performance is remarkable for passionate temperament and deep psychologism; he holds the audience in strained attention ...”
Alexander Yakovlev regularly performs in Europe, America, Japan. He has already given more than 500 concerts in major world audience halls, including the Tchaikovsky concert hall in Moscow, Grand Hall of Berlin Philharmonic Society, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Verdi hall of the music conservatory in Milano, Palau Valencia, Palau Barcelona, Palau Zaragoza, auditorium “La Sapienza” in Rome.
In 2010, Alexander participated in major festival “Great Masters of Zaragoza” together with such recognized musicians as Lang-Lang, Yo-Yo Ma and Leif Ove Andsnes.
In the coming season 2013-2014, Mr. Yakovlev will give a number of concerts in America, including performance in a prestigious hall Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, and also a number of concerts in Germany, Italy, Korea, Romania, Spain, Japan and Russia.
Alexander Yakovlev cooperated with more than fifty high-class musical collectives. Among them there are Orchestra of Berlin Philharmonic society, Orchestra Suisse Romande , Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Rome Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Milano Orchestra “Pomerigiomusicale”, Rumanian Philharmonic Orchestra “Michail Jora”, Symphonic Orchestra Cincinnati.
Alexander Yakovlev has performed under the baton of such conductors as Kent Nagano, Ravil Martynov, Semen Kogan, Dmitry Yablonskiy, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Shinsaku Tsutsumi, Ovidiu Balan, Alexander Polyanichko, Andrey Anikhanov, Mark Gibson and Conrad van Alphen among others.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (Salzburg, 1756 - Vienna, 1791)
Sonata in do maggiore, Kv 309
- Allegro con spirito
- Andante un poco adagio
- Allegretto grazioso
ROBERT SCHUMANN (Zwickau, 1810 - Bonn, 1856)
12 Studi Sinfonici, op. 13
MODEST MUSSORGSKIJ (Toropec, 1839 - St. Petersburg, 1881)
Quadri da un'Esposizione
2. Lo gnomo
4. Il vecchio castello
5. [Tema della Promenade]
9. Balletto dei pulcini nei loro gusci
10. Samuel Goldenberg e Schmuÿle
12. Limoges, il mercato
13. Catacombe (Sepolcro romano) - Con i morti in una lingua morta
14. La capanna sulle zampe di gallina (Baba-Yaga)
15. La grande porta (Nella capitale Kiev)
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