VARI ILJA & TCHAIKOVSKY
January 13, 2017 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall
1st concert of the MAESTRO series
Anatoly Lyadov (1855–1914)
“Kikimora”, Op. 63 (1909)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (1874–1875)
Sergey Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
“Symphonic Dances”, Op. 45 (1940)
IVARI ILJA (piano)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor DIMITRIS BOTINIS
“Ivari Ilja’s performances may be described as comprehensive, as he lets the music speak clearly and with dignity. It is both the inherent dignity of the artist himself and the refined style of his performances that together produce a strong and lasting interpretation”. (Ia Remmel, Sirp)
“Ivari Ilja is one of the few among our performers for whom purely technical challenges are transcended to such a degree that one may sense that he was “walking on water.” (Evi Arujärv, Postimees)
Ivari Ilja is an Estonian pianist who enjoys an exceptional international career. He is an excellent ensemble partner, and his stage partners include world-renowned singers such as Maria Guleghina, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Elena Zaremba and Irina Arkhipova. His performances have been heard in Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Musikverein in Vienna, La Scala in Milan, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels among others. In addition, Ivari Ilja is a highly regarded professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
His repertoire mostly consists of romantic music, primarily the works of Chopin, Brahms and Schumann. He first performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with ENSO and Peeter Lilje at the Estonian Piano Competition in 1980, winning Second Prize.
Greek conductor Dimitris Botinis is one of the rising stars of the Russian music scene. He graduated from the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, Greece as a violinist, and in 2011 from the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg as a conductor. Soon after the graduation he won First Prize in the opera and orchestral conducting category at the All-Russian Music Competition in Moscow and was appointed assistant to the principal conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Simonov. Since the 2015/16 season, Dmitri Botinis is principal conductor of the North Caucasus Philharmonic Orchestra. As a conductor he has performed with all of the prominent symphony orchestras in St. Petersburg and Moscow, with several orchestras in Greece and other European countries.
03.02.2017, 19:00 - 21:30
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