Thursday Evening June 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
SCHUBERT/LISZT Swan Song
SCHUBERT Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4
MARCEL TYBERG Legende
LISZT Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este (Fountain)
SATIE First Gymnopédie
BLOCH Poems of the Sea: Waves-Chanty-At Sea
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
Balada Para Un Loco
(Piano transcription by Roger Branga)
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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
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
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
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
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
The Rediscovery of 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.
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
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)
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
Mass No. 1 ( satb, organ) (1934) Mass No. 2 ( satb, organ) (1941)
35 Lieder:: 31 to texts by Heinrich Heine, 4 to texts by British poets
This concert tour would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the
Celso Deidre Alejo .. for their encouragement and enthusiasm in organizing
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.
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