A programme tailor-made for the young Russian pianist, whose playing is at once subtle and powerful.
From Mozart to Stravinsky, Sergey Koudriakov elaborates a consummate art of touch, alternating between extreme gentleness and wild energy.
His Mozart exudes fluency and grandeur, and is devoid of unnecessary flourishes, concentrating on the nobility and beauty of music as simple as it is sublime. His Brahms is lively, profound when that is needed, and his Stravinsky glitters and sparkles: boisterous, melancholic, sardonic, violent – a whole palette of nuances unique to this marvellous musician, a pure product of the Russian school, with his striking depth of touch.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for piano in E-flat major No 22, KV 482
Sonata in F-sharp minor op.2
TOTAL TIMING: 77'12
Sergey Koudriakov was born in Moscow in 1978. He began his professional musical education in the Moscow Special Gnessin School of Music in Valentina Aristova's class. Following this he graduated from Moscow State Conservatory and a post-graduate course in the class of Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky. Today he teaches in the Moscow Conservatory as an assistant in his class. Sergey Koudriakov is a laureate of the International Piano Competition of the City of Porto, Portugal (5th prize, 1997), Epinal International Piano Competition, France (3rd prize, 1997), and Geneva International Music Competition, Switzerland (1st prize, audience prize and special prize “Coup de Cœur Breguet”, 2002). He was also granted the special award at the Géza Anda International Piano Competition in Zurich, Switzerland (2000) and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, USA (2001).
Sergey Koudriakov gives concerts in Russia, republics of former USSR, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, USA and Japan, collaborates regularly with numerous symphony and chamber orchestras, and chamber artists, takes part in All-Russian and International musical festivals as a soloist and as an artist of chamber ensembles.
Franco Trinca, born 1962 in Rome, studied conducting, composition, piano, choral music and choral conducting at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory (Rome), with the following teachers: Bruno Aprea, Teresa Procaccini, Pieralberto Biondi and Irma Ravinale. In addition he took part in conducting masterclasses with Guennadi Rozhdestvensky at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and with Donato Renzetti at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese. During his studies he also worked as Choral conductor and repetitor for the RAI. In December 1990 he was awarded 2nd prize (the 1st wasn't allocated) at the II Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Direttori D'Orchestra Carlo Zecchi. He followed this with two years as assistant teacher at conductors' further education courses at the Accademia Musicale Ottorino Respighi in Assisi.
He has conducted the following orchestras (selection): Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Orchestra Filarmonica di Genova, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Symphonieorchester Biel, Symphonie- orchester Luzern, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orquestra Nacional do Porto. From August 1991 he worked as 1st Kapellmeister at the Stadttheater Biel (Switzerland) and was appointed in 2001 as musical director there. Since June 1996 he has been musical director of Geneva Chamber Opera, and was appointed the same in 1997 at the Swiss Opera School at the music college in Bern/Biel.
Apart from his activities as conductor he has given many concerts as pianist, both as soloist and in chamber ensembles, and as an accompanist for singers (in April 2000 he accompanied the legendary baritone Giuseppe Taddei in a recital in Tokyo). As pianist he won prizes at the competitions of Velletri (1983, 1st prize) and Sulmona (1985, 3rd prize). As composer he has a number of works to his name. His Omaggio a Mozart (for clarinet quintet) won him 1st prize at the Rassegna Internazionale di Composizione, Briccialdi (1991).
The Geneva chamber Orchestra was founded in 1958 by Robert Dunand. Formerly known as Orchestre des Jeunesses Musicales, then Collegium Academicum, the Orchestra took on its current name in 1992 on becoming a professional orchestra. The OCG is a chamber orchestra formation with 40 musicians. It is recognised for its innovative music-making and is a supple, open-minded and enthusiastic ensemble. Its repertoire ranges from 17th century to contemporary music.
With Michael Hofstetter the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève is rediscovering its classics. It has embarked on a new approach in the interpretation of music of the 18th and early 19th century by performing on original instruments and by following the instrumental practices of the time. Michael Hofstetter has been music director of the OCG since September 2001. He succeeds Lev Markiz and Thierry Fischer. Other conductors who have appeared with the OCG include Jos van Immerseel, Christophe Coin, Armin Jordan, Rico Saccani, Roy Goodman, Marc Minkowski, Arnold Östman and Michel Corboz. The OCG has toured France, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and China (Beijing and Shanghaï). In summer 2002 it performed at the Rheingau Festival in Wiesbaden and in May 2003 it will travel to Germany for a series of concerts in nine different towns.