Dynamic young pianist to perform in Brunton

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Russian virtuoso Pavel Kolesnikovwill perform in Sackville later this month.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – On Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., the Mount Allison department of music invites piano enthusiasts to Brunton Auditorium (134 Main Street) for a recital by the Russian virtuoso Pavel Kolesnikov.

Winner of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition, this extraordinary young artist plays with “brilliance, but also a caressing, almost sly intimacy.” (The Telegraph – London) In his Sackville concert, Kolesnikov will present a varied program, including Debussy’s Images - Series I, selections from Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin, and Chopin’s dramatic Third Sonata.

Kolesnikov has studied at the Moscow State Conservatory, the Royal College of Music (London), and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Brussels). His recital debut took place in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 2008; since that time, he has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in many prestigious European and North American venues. This season, Kolesnikov performs for Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon, the Vancouver Recital Society, and California’s La Jolla Music Society. His recent and upcoming engagements include a Wigmore Hall debut and concerts with the London Philharmonic and Russia’s National Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Kolesnikov will soon make his première appearances at the Louvre, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Kolesnikov’s 2-CD set Live at Honens 2012, featuring his prize-winning competition performances, was released in March 2013 on the Honens label. His debut studio recording for the Hyperion label – an all-Tchaikovsky disc – will appear in May 2014.

A piano masterclass, led by Kolesnikov and featuring gifted students from the bachelor of music program of Mount Allison University, will take place in Brunton Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to hear a world-class talent share his knowledge and experience with aspiring young artists. The presentation is free of charge and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The Kolesnikov piano recital and masterclass have been made possible by a donation from Mrs. Pauline Spatz, offered in memory of her late husband, Dr. Albert Spatz. A long-time patron of the department of music, Pauline has provided continued support for the next generation of musicians through her ongoing sponsorship of the Honens events.

For more information, phone 506-364-2374, e-mail music@mta.ca or visit the department of music’s web site at www.mta.ca/music.

Organizations: Mount Allison department of music, North American, Radio France La Jolla Music Society National Philharmonic Orchestra Louvre Carnegie Hall Hyperion Mount Allison University

Geographic location: California, London, Brunton Moscow Brussels Vancouver Russia Berlin New York

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