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Yuri Paterson-Olenich

Préludes Op. 67, Sonata No. 7,
Poème-Nocturne, Études Op. 65,
Poèmes Op. 69, Sonata No. 10

Late-Night Concert will be ca. 1 hour long with no intermission.

Konzerthaus Berlin, Kleiner Saal | Saturday 9th May, 10pm
Yuri Paterson-Olenich

This special concert is dedicated to the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, whose 100th anniversary we are celebrating this year. Reason enough for the Berliner Klavierfestival to expand from the usual five concerts to six. When we discussed which pianist we should invite for this concert of late works, the name Yuri Paterson-Olenich came straight to mind.

During his studies in Moscow, he dealt in detail with the music of Rachmaninov and Scriabin and gained an excellent reputation with audiences and critics. Paterson-Olenich focuses on the late piano works of Scriabin. We can look forward to a number of significant works of this third and final period, which truly show the distinctive character and the unique sound world of Scriabin's music - perfect for the special atmosphere of a "late-night" concert in the Small Hall of the Berlin Konzerthaus.
Yuri Paterson-Olenich

Yuri Paterson-Olenich is most known for his performances of Scriabin and Rachmaninov. During his student days at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow he regularly performed before the demanding audiences at the Scriabin Musiem in Moscow and since then audiences and critics have been praising his deep understanding of this music: "Time and again he allows one to savour every aspect of Scriabin's neurotic sensibility."(Gramophone Magazine)

Born in Brighton, Yuri Paterson Olenich recieved his first piano lessons from Christine Pembridge, whose rich musical roots stretch back to Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. He continued his studies with Alexander Kelly at the Royal Academy of Music and Vladimir Tropp at the Gnessin Conservatory in Moscow, as well as lessons with Alicia de Larrocha in Barcelona, and has gained plenty of concert experiences in the former Soviet Union.

Paterson-Olenich now lives in London, and is a regular guest at concert series, festivals and piano concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the former Soviet Union. His repertoire is extremely wide-ranging, and includes the classical concert repertoire as well as more unusual pieces and works by contemporary composers. As a great admirer of Fine Arts, he has a keen interest in repertoire that was inspired by visual elements.

Paterson-Olenich's recordings have garnered unanimous critical acclaim. "This disc is a testament to Paterson-Olenich's affinity with Scriabin's late music." said International Piano Quarterly about his Scriabin CD. His Rachmaninov interpretations are equally praised: "there’s something inescapably Russian about the way he plays Rachmaninov; the free-flowing romanticism, the surging tempos, and the waves of colour that can be almost overwhelming." – BBC Radio 3.

Yuri Paterson-Olenich
Yuri Paterson-Olenich