17 May • Lugansky
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Nikolai Lugansky

SCHUBERT Scherzi D 593
SCHUBERT Impromtus D 935
MEDTNER Forgotten Melodies Op. 38 No. 2-8
RACHMANINOW Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No. 3-6

Konzerthaus Berlin, Kleiner Saal | Tuesday, 17th May, 8pm
Nikolai Lugansky

“Fleet passage-work, drama and pianistic weight are harnessed when appropriate, but the consistently absorbing feature of his performances is the way they dig so deeply into the substance beneath the surface.” (The Daily Telegraph)

“remarkable artistry… In some ways, his virtuosic playing bears the hallmarks of the Russian Romantic heritage: rich singing tone, depth of sound, roomy expressive freedom. But as he showed Tuesday night in a program of Schubert and Tchaikovsky, Mr. Lugansky is a keenly intelligent pianist who values textural clarity. Almost like a scientist, he searches out inner details and strives to convey the structural underpinnings of a piece, even if this means adopting a measure of reserve… Mr. Lugansky played with crystalline clarity and lilt in beautifully understated performances that allowed wistful elements of the music to emerge.” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, March 2015)

Nikolai Lugansky

Concerto highlights for the 2015/16 season include Lugansky’s debut with Berliner Philharmoniker and return engagements with the Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic and Budapest Festival orchestras, Münchner Philharmoniker and the San Francisco, Boston and NHK symphony orchestras. Tours this season include Brahms trios with Leonidas Kavakos and Gautier Capuçon, as well as a European tour with St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov to include a BBC Prom. In 2016 he undertakes a cycle of all of Prokofiev’s piano concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to celebrate the 125th anniversary of both the orchestra and birth of the composer.

Upcoming recital performances include the Alte Oper Frankfurt, London’s Wigmore Hall (with Alexander Kniazev), the Konzerthaus Berlin, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonia. Lugansky regularly appears at some of the world's most distinguished festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron, and Verbier, Rheingau and Edinburgh.

An award winning recording artist, Nikolai Lugansky records exclusively for the Naïve-Ambroisie label. His recital CD featuring Rachmaninov's Piano Sonatas won the Diapason d’Or and an ECHO Klassik Award whilst his recording of concertos by Grieg and Prokofiev with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His earlier recordings also won a number of awards, including a Diapason d'Or, BBC Music Magazine Award and ECHO Klassik prize. Lugansky¹s most recent disc, featuring Chopin’s two Piano Concertos, was released in summer 2014 and a new solo recital disc with Schubert’s Piano Sonata in C minor D. 958 and Impromptus D.935 is scheduled for release later this year.

Nikolai Lugansky was given the honour ‘People’s Artist of Russia’ in April 2013.

Nikolai Lugansky
Nikolai Lugansky