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Katya Grineva's Playbill for her concert in Hong Kong's Cultural Centre, June 17, 2010.

Katya Grineva's Playbill for her concert in Hong Kong's Cultural Centre, June 17, 2010.

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    • Thursday Evening June 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall KATYA GRINEVA Pianist SCHUBERT/LISZT Swan Song SCHUBERT Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4 MARCEL TYBERG Legende SCHUMANN/LISZT Dedication LISZT Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este (Fountain) SATIE First Gymnopédie BLOCH Poems of the Sea: Waves-Chanty-At Sea Intermission CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Posth. CHOPIN Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64 No. 2 Waltz in E-Minor, Op. Posth. GRANADOS Playera (Spanish Dance) PIAZOLLA Two Tangos Adios Nonino Balada Para Un Loco RAVEL Bolero (Piano transcription by Roger Branga) PLEASE SWITCH OFF CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
    • MEET THE Artist KATYA GRINEVA, Pianist When the teenage Russian pianist Katya Grineva came to New York in 1989, she had two goals: to study in America, and one day, to play in Carnegie Hall. She made her Carnegie Hall debut on May 13, 1998 and has performed there every year since then. June 12, 2009, marked her 11th appearance at this world famous hall. Living most of her adult life in New York, she has acquired a reputation as a pianist of exceptional romantic/poetic expression. Commentators agree that Katya achieves her impact through subtlety and values the beauty of tone. The New York Times describes her as “liquid…dreamlike.” WNYC Radio says “…she’s a noted exponent of the Romantic repertoire…” Her interpretation and mastery of the piano can be summed up by one of her fans: “...with Katya you sink into the sweet abyss of the music…” Born in Moscow, Katya began studying piano at the age of six, attending Moscow Music School. She went on to the Moscow High School of Music under the aegis of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Professor Pavel Messner. It was during her tutelage with Maestro Messner that Katya began giving recitals and experiencing the “special and spontaneous” interaction between the artist and audience that would become the hallmark of her performances. In New York, she was awarded a scholarship to enter the Mannes School of Music graduate program, studying with Nina Svetlanova. Her education was enhanced through private coaching with Vladja Mashke, who played a key role in the young pianist’s development. Katya made her American debut in 1993 performing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat, k.595 with the Baltimore Symphony. The Baltimore Sun hailed her performance “…Luminescent…a fine Mozart pianist…” Katya has been a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony, the ARS Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra, the European Philharmonic Orchestra in France, and the Guayaquil Symphonic Orchestra. Her recitals have captivated audiences at the Laurier Society in Paris as well as in one of the most prestigious concert halls in Paris, Salle Gaveau. Katya is often invited as a guest performer on the exclusive Silversea, Radisson Seven Seas, and Seabourn cruise lines on which she travels around the world. In 2005 Katya performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 as a guest artist with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra under Conductor David Harutyunyan, in Ecuador and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
    • In 2006 she was chosen to receive the exclusivity to perform and record the world premieres of piano sonatas by romantic Viennese composer Marcel Tyberg, with the support of The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, which established the Tyberg Musical Legacy Fund. Since April 1998 Steinway and Sons has awarded Katya the honorable title of Steinway Artist. Her other awards include a special award from the New York State Shields in 2005, an award for special achievements from the government of Guam, and in 2006 received the Gusi peace Prize from the President of Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. World renowned, Katya regularly shares her musical gift with presidents, dignitaries, and the poorest citizens in countries throughout the world. Many of her performances benefit worthwhile charitable organizations. Since January 2008, she has crossed the globe, traveling twice to Ecuador and twice to the continent of Africa. In that time period, she also visited the countries of Peru, Costa Rica, and Mexico. While in Africa, she experienced first hand the political turmoil facing the country of Kenya. Trapped at the airport for nearly six hours, she traveled with a young cab driver through dangerous rioting and civil unrest before arriving safely to play her beautiful music for the African people. Although her original concert in the large theater in Nairobi was canceled due to political circumstances, Katya’s beautiful, romantic selections, including Schubert-Liszt’s Ave Maria, offered much needed comfort and solitude to the people at the African coast. Honored with a 60-foot billboard, her most recent performance in Ecuador was organized by the granddaughter of the country’s former president and attracted over 600 guests, raising much needed funds to benefit that nation’s poorest children. In March 2008, Katya was honored to perform a private concert for Former President George and First Lady Barbara Bush. She continued her worldwide travels and returned to the Philippines for a benefit concert for an audience of nearly 3,000, including former Philippine President Fidel Ramos. Katya has made a specialty of the romantic piano music and recorded five CDs: From Katya with Love, Katya From the Heart, and Katya… Inspiration Bleu, and her latest compilation: Katya Love and Fire: The Dances, was released in October 2008. On her recording From Katya…with Love Ms. Grineva plays stirring melodies carefully selected from the Romantic repertoire: themes from Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2; Chopin’s Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2, Prelude in C minor, Op. 28, No. 20, theme from Prelude
    • in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15, Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1, Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 33; Beethoven’s Fur Elise; Schumann’s Arabesque, Op. 18; Debussy’s Claire de Lune; Liszt’s Sonetto del Petrarca, No. 123; Schubert’s (arranged by Liszt) Swan Song No. 7; and Saint-Saëns The Swan. This era was renowned for its transcendence of Classical boundaries and penchant for individual expression, musical qualities that attracted Ms. Grineva at an early age. Here, her enchanting performances create a CD that will delight those with a passion for music of taste and refinement. Ms. Grineva received a standing ovation from a full house at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall during her American performance debut. Her depth of artistry and unique character make her destined to touch the hearts of millions of listeners. Ms. Grineva says: I would like to express my deepest appreciation to everyone who has helped me since I came to the United States. So many wonderful generous people have come into my life. I especially want to acknowledge Tanya Mendoza and General Itzhak Yaakov, or “Tatuff,” as we affectionately call him, who have been my family in New York. Their love and generosity made it possible for me to stay in America and start a career as a concert pianist, which has always been my dream. Truly, without them, none of this would have been possible. Also, Mrs. Vladja Mashke, my musical mentor, has made an invaluable contribution to my development as an artist. I love you, Vladja, and only wish you could be here tonight to share this privilege. Also, my thanks to Tom Hall, who helped me achieve great success in Baltimore. And thanks to Heather Bell for her beautiful design for my first CD, and to Byron Duckwall. and Cindy Woodmansee, and so many others. Thank you for your support and confidence. As Ms. Grineva says in the notes on her second CD, Katya…from the Heart: Music is the passion of my life. Nothing gives me more pleasure than playing for people and sharing my love of music with them. It is my intention and great hope that those who hear this music will be touched by the beauty of the spirit that moves me to play it. For me, playing a concert is not just a chance to express myself, but rather to lose myself in the rapture of true beauty. This you will share with me in this concert hall tonight. It is certainly true that I have had a lifelong love of the music and composers of the Romantic era. So it is with great pleasure that I was able to record some of my favorite compositions by Chopin, Schubert, and Liszt, which I have been performing regularly in recent years. These magical masterpieces evoke sentiments that run the gamut of human emotion, from great sorrow to profound joy.
    • I owe a great debt of gratitude to all my wonderful friends who have helped and supported me in some way to produce the recording Katya…from the Heart: Vladja Mashke, my musical mentor; Tanya Mendoza; Tartuff Yaakokv; Kumi Goncheroff; Larry Joseph; Debbie and Carl Porter; and Byron Duckbill, for his inspiration and encouragement. Finally, a special thanks to Guy T. Cannata for all his love and encouragement. Katya…from the Heart features Schubert’s Impromptu in G-flat Major,.Op. 90, No. 3, and E-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 2; Liszt’s Concert Etude in D-flat Major (“Un Sospiro”); and Chopin’s Fantasy-impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66, Scherzo in B- flat minor, Op. 31, and Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1. Ms. Grineva says of her CD, Inspiration Bleu: The music on this CD is very Special to me! It evokes memories of my childhood in Russia, which I will always cherish. When I was just a few months old, my mother played a recording of “Moonlight” Sonata to stop me from crying. So from early infancy this gentle, soothing melody became one of my favorite pieces, and I couldn’t wait to perform it myself. Schubert’s Impromptu was the first composition I performed at the Moscow Conservatory as a teenager. It was during this performance, coupled with the warm reception of the audience and my professor’s accolades, that my dream of becoming a concert pianist emerged. I fell in love with Chopin’s music when, at the age of eight, I played the Nocturne in C minor at a school recital. The release of this CD is particularly significant to me because it represents two remarkable milestones in my life— my 10th anniversary in the United States and my second performance at Carnegie Hall. There are so many extraordinary people who have supported me throughout these 10 wonderful years in America, and I would like to dedicate this recording to all of them. Thank you for making my dreams come true. I love you! Inspiration Blue features Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” Ravel’s Boat on the Ocean, and Chopin’s Nocturne and Polonaise. For more details, photos, and to view the concert program, visit http://www.katyagrinevaconcerts.com
    • The Rediscovery of Marcel Tyberg Marcel Tyberg MARCEL TYBERG (pronounced ‘Tee-berg’) was born in Vienna on 27 January 1893, the son of two musicians. His father, also Marcell (but spelt with a double L), was a violinist, and his mother, Wanda, was a pianist who had studied with Artur Schnabel. They were close friends of the violinist Jan Kubelík and his son Rafael, then a budding conductor. Before the Second World War II, Marcel Tyberg was a promising young composer whose Second Symphony had been premiered in the 1930s by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Rafael Kubelík. But for more than sixty years his name has been languishing in limbo, following his arrest by the Gestapo in 1944 and his deportation from his home in the northern Adriatic town of Abbazia in a cattle car, headed for an undisclosed concentration camp where he died. Tyberg, cared little for acclaim and fame, and several times declined offers to publish his music. Even those few insiders presumed that his compositions – consisting (at least) of three symphonies, two piano sonatas, a piano trio, a string sextet, two masses, some 35 lieder, and a scherzo and finale intended to complete Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony’ (1) – had perished along with the composer. But in early February (2006) a feature article in The Buffalo News (USA) disclosed that Tyberg had been so fearful of deportation that he had given all of his scores to a family friend, Dr Milan Mihich, who lived in nearby Fiume. Dr Mihich died in 1948, but left the Tyberg scores with his son, Enrico, who had studied harmony with Tyberg, and was then a medical student. In 1957 the young Enrico Mihich was offered a research position with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York State, where he went on to establish a brilliant career as developer and director of its Cancer Drug Center. The Tyberg scores lay fallow for many years, while Enrico Mihich was absorbed in cancer research. More recently Dr Mihich has found a willing and enthusiastic partner in the music director of Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta. ‘Tyberg’s music is extremely powerful, rich and profound’, Falletta has declared, ‘and very worthy of performance and recording. Dr. Mihich and JoAnn Falletta evolved a plan for the progressive introduction of Tyberg’s work.
    • One step in the rediscovery of Tyberg’s music took the form of performances on 1 March (2006) in the Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo by Katya Grineva of the First and Second Piano Sonata, completed in 1920 and 1934 respectively. Ms. Grineva’s advocacy of the Tyberg sonatas indicates that she feels his music is a natural match for the interpretive pianistic principles she espouses. A regular performer at Carnegie Hall, she has singled out Tyberg’s Sonata No. 1 for inclusion in her recital on the main stage at Carnegie Hall on 1 June 2006 – a first step in taking Tyberg’s music to a wider, international audience. The Surviving Compositions of Marcel Tyberg The list below records some of the compositions of Marcel Tyberg known to have survived, along with dates of completion. Piano music Sonata No. 1 in B minor (1920) Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor (1935) i Allegro appassionato i Allegro con fuoco ii Larghetto (theme and variations) ii Adagio iii Rondo iii Scherzo iv Finale Orchestral Symphony No. 1 (1924) Symphony No. 2 (1927) i Allegro molto i Allegro appassionato ii Adagio ii Adagio iii Scherzo iii Scherzo iv Finale (Allegro non troppo) iv Finale Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1943) Scherzo and Finale for Schubert’s i Andante maestoso ‘Unfinished’ Symphony (1928) ii Scherzo iii Adagio iv Rondo Chamber music Trio for piano, violin and cello (1936) Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas, cello and i Allegro maestoso double bass (1932) ii Adagio non troppo i Allegro non troppo iii Rondo ii Scherzo iii Adagio molto sostenuto (theme and variations) iv Scherzo iv Finale Choral music Mass No. 1 ( satb, organ) (1934) Mass No. 2 ( satb, organ) (1941) Vocal music 35 Lieder:: 31 to texts by Heinrich Heine, 4 to texts by British poets
    • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This concert tour would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the following persons: Celso & Deidre Alejo .. for their encouragement and enthusiasm in organizing the tour; Theonie Best ………… without whom, Melbourne and Sydney concerts would have only been my dream; S. S. Lim ……………. for his organization and insight into the Singapore classical music scene. SPECIAL DEDICATION ADI DA SAMRAJ, Writer, Artist, and Spiritual Teacher Born: November 3, 1939, in Jamaica, New York Died: November 27, 2008, in Naitauba Island, Fiji I'd like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Adi Da Samraj for the spiritual enlightenment he brought into my life before and even after his passing in November 2008. I had the honor of playing four recitals for him during the past years, each time experiencing a spiritual uplifting that brought peace and calmness to my life, helping in my expression of the beauty in the music I play. My visit to his Island in Fiji this summer 2009 was a spiritually amazing experience. A special thank you to the family of Adi Da Samraj for their ongoing support of my musical endeavors. FRIENDS OF KATYA William & Stella Fong Yan Toni Patrizio Lydia Lee Dennis Tin Avi Karkashon Jennifer Yeh PM Chan Ken & Nancy Madrid Kim Fowler