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Some fresh critic in the Luzerner Zeitung after our performance of the Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in KKL, Luzern.
“The piano part was performed by a young and surprising pianist Denis Zhdanov. He graduates with his Master Solo Diploma at the Hochschule Luzern this year, he has already won various prizes and played with Madrid Symphony and Helsinki Radio Symphony among others.
He brought a corresponding self-confidence to the Fantasy. The Ukrainian plays a modern Beethoven, creating nearly a film music piece from a virtuoso firework. While his playing is being dramatic in the expression, sometimes slightly tough but very clear and distinct by structure, he gives this piece a very special and fascinating character. The orchestra stays here at a more “traditional” side. The public treats the excellent ensemble of the choir and soloists with a long lasting applause at the end.”
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Playing in the homeland is always exciting, and I am happy to announce my upcoming concerts in Ukraine:
🎼 11.05.19 Kharkiv National University of Arts⠀
🎼 13.05.19 Kyiv Lysenko Special Music School ⠀
🎼 15.05.19 Sumy Music College⠀
🎼 18.05.19 Chernihiv Philharmony⠀
The focus of the program will be on works from the most distant periods of the piano repertoire: Renaissance and Postavanguard.
You are warmly welcome!
Are you able to predict turns of the musical line, listening to a piece you have never heard before?
This famous Fantasy of C.P.E. Bach is one of the most unpredictable and improvisation-like pieces of its time.
American musicologist Richard Kramer reasonably writes that a performer playing such music “must then convince us that we are hearing not the player in mask but rather a beating heart of music and it’s living soul”.
It was composed by Bach in a solid age, nearly during the last year of his life and in this piece I see the whole spectrum of thoughts and emotions one may have at the end of his life journey.
Fear? Acceptance? Regret? Nostalgia? You decide.
After an incredibly long break I am glad to announce that I am back! A lot of exciting things are going to be published in the close future – stay tuned!
Two chamber concerts in Luzern, Switzerland together with the wonderful violinist, violist, composer Igor Zavgorodnii will take place in Minnie-Hauk-Saal on June 29 and in the Saal Konservatorium Dreilinden on June 30.
First half of the concert includes pieces of great romantic composers J. Brahms and C. Franck, followed by works of prominent living composers from Switzerland (B. Furrer) and Ukraine (A. Retinsky)
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With all my heart I would like to thank to the wonderful public of Jaen city, who showed such a great interest to the Jaen International Piano Competition, and was so kind to encourage me with an Audience Award, which makes me deeply touched and proud, since it is the most important value for every artist!
Many many thanks to the organizers of Jaen International Piano Competition, who did truly their best to create a cheerful, friendly atmosphere and were so attentive to ours needs!
Other prizes are the 3rd Prize and the Special Prize for the best performance of the compulsory piece by Manuel Seco de Arpe.
To read the review about the Finals click here