L. van Beethoven: Andante for piano inF major, “Andante favori“
L. van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
S. Rahmaninov: Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3
S. Rahmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36
Internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist Violetta Egorova is a dedicated and deeply committed musician who is well known as an ambassador of her country’s classical music tradition. She began playing the piano at the age of four and entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School for Gifted Children at the age of six. She gave her first solo recital at the age of twelve. She developed her matchless piano technique and poetic expressiveness at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the guidance of Lev Naumov, the “godfather of the Russian piano school”. While still a student she made recordings for various classical labels and won prizes at competitions such as the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA) and the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli (Italy). She will begin her Ljubljana Festival appearance with a performance of Beethoven’s Andate favori, originally intended to be the second, slow movement of the composer’s Waldstein piano sonata (Op. 53). Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major (Op. 110), one of his last works in this genre, is an absolute masterpiece of piano music that makes enormous technical demands of the pianist. The five Morceaux de fantaisie are a set of solo piano pieces composed by Rachmaninov at the beginning of his mature period, while his Piano Sonata No. 2 was mostly composed in the summer of 1913, the year he turned 40, at his Ivanovka estate in southern Russia.
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