Saturday 30 September 2.00 - 7.00 pm
THE KEYBOARD CHARITABLE TRUST
in collaboration with ST MARY'S, PERIVALE
An Autumn Piano Festival
A series of great masterpieces
performed by ten of the finest young pianists of our time.
Day 1 - Saturday 30 September
2 pm Zala Kravos
Beethoven: Sonata in E flat Op 81a ‘Les adieux'
Adagio – Allegro / Andante espressivo — Vivacissimamente
Chopin: Sonata no 2 in B flat minor Op 35 ‘Funeral March'
Grave – Doppio movimento / Scherzo / Lento / Presto
Zala Kravos was born in Slovenia in 2002 and started piano lessons at the age of five. The following year she entered the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg, where she was awarded diplomas in performance and music theory. From 2012 to 2018, she studied in parallel at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium with Maria João Pires and Louis Lortie. At the age of seventeen she was accepted in Bachelor of Music (Hons) programme at the Royal College of Music. She graduated in July and is now in the Master of Music in Performance (Keyboard) programme. Her piano professor is Norma Fisher. Since 2010, she has regularly taken part in masterclasses with many other internationally renowned pianists. Between 2009 and 2016, Zala won national and international competitions in Luxembourg, France and the USA, where she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. She has been regularly performing solo, chamber music and with orchestras since the age of six and has already played in nineteen countries. She recorded in Germany her first solo album in 2017 and in 2021, she recorded a second album of piano duets with her younger brother, Val. Critics across Europe were unanimous in their praise of both recordings.
‘One of the greatest talents I have ever seen.' – Maria João Pires
‘An artist with a distinct and compelling voice and a musical sincerity that is rare, indeed.' – Norma Fisher
‘A performing career that is already international enough to make her talk as if she's an old hand.' – International Piano Magazine
3 pm Nikita Burzanitas
Beethoven: Sonata in D Op 10 no 3 (23')
Presto / Largo / Minuet / Rondo
Prokofiev: Sonata no 7 in B flat Op 83 (18')
Allegro inquieto / Andante caloroso / Precipitato
Nikita Burzanitsa was born into a family of musicians in Donetsk, Ukraine. In 2015, he won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School where he studied with John Byrne. In 2017, he returned to Donetsk to study at the State Conservatoire. Since 2020 he has been studying at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev. His competition successes include winning the Wells Concerto Competition and First Prize in the International London Piano and Music Competition in 2017. In 2020, he won the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year – and in the following year, he won Second Prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann Piano Competition and in the Orbetello Piano Competition (Junior) in Italy. He also won First Prize in the Moscow International Music Competition in 2021, at the Nouvelles Étoiles International Music Competition in Paris, in the Four Notes Piano Competition in Abu Dhabi and in the Vienna Music Competition (virtuoso category). He has taken part in masterclasses with Dmytro Suhovienko, Andrey Ivanovich, John Byrne, Ian Jones, Steven Hough, Vanessa Latarche, Mitsuko Uchida, Barry Douglas, Boris Berman, Vovka Ashkenazy and Miguel Angel Shebba.
4 pm Ellis Thomas
Scarlatti: Sonata in F sharp major K318 (4')
Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel Op 24 (26')
Ravel : Two excerpts from ‘ Miroirs' (14')
- Une barque sur l'océan (A boat on the ocean)
- Alborada del gracioso (Morning song of the jester)
Welsh pianist Ellis Thomas has been acclaimed as a ‘sincere and committed' musician, offering performances ‘with real understanding' (Julian Jacobson, Beethoven Piano Society of Europe). He is equally at home with core repertoire as with contemporary and lesser-known works. Ellis has performed extensively at venues around the UK and is regularly invited to perform at music festivals in England and Wales. In recent years, he has also performed in Spain, Germany and Italy, and his performances and interviews have been broadcast on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Cymru, and S4C television. He has won prizes at many competitions including at the 2021 Düsseldorf Robert Schumann International Piano Competition. He also won First Prize at the Wales International Piano Festival, Gregynog Young Musician and the RIBI National Young Musician, and the Wales National Eisteddfod, amongst others. He has taken part in masterclasses with, and received lessons from, Boris Berman, Imogen Cooper, Pascal Rogé, Yevgeny Sudbin, Till Felner, Péter Nagy and Steven Osborne. He regularly performs as part of several chamber groups and ensembles. Ellis is a collaborative pianist and faculty member for the International Music Academy of Solsona in Spain.
Ellis also holds the Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF Piano Fellowship for the 2023-24 season. He is interested in exploring new connections between music and other arts. He recently worked with artist Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom for an exhibition at Kettle's Yard Gallery in Cambridge, providing improvisations for a series of short films. Ellis graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2022 with First Class Honours, where he achieved the highest mark in a final recital performance. Prior to this, Ellis studied at the Royal Northern College of Music's Junior department for six years with Manola Hatfield. He is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying with Tessa Nicholson. Alongside a generous scholarship from the Academy, Ellis is grateful for support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Kathleen Trust and Talent Unlimited.
4 .45 pm : Tea
5.15 pm : Antonio Morabito
Liszt: Transcription of Bach's Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor for organ BWV 542 (12')
Scriabin : Deux Poèmes Op 32 (6')
1. Andante cantabile
2. Allegro, con eleganza, con fiduccia
Chopin: 4 Mazurkas Op 30 (10')
No.1 in C minor
No.2 in B minor
No.3 in D flat major
No.4 in C sharp minor
Chopin: Two Études from Op 25 (5')
No.8 in D flat major
No.10 in B minor
Chopin : Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52 (12')
Antonio Morabito is an Italian pianist and graduate of the Royal College of Music in London with a Master's Degree in Piano Performance. He teaches through the Royal College of Music Teaching Service. He also teaches as a Piano Professor at the Blackheath Conservatoire and at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London – and as a choral conductor at St. Augustine's Church in Hammersmith. Antonio graduated with distinction in piano from the Cilea Conservatory under the guidance of Marialaura Cosentino who continues to be a mentor. Whilst studying at the Cilea Conservatory, he also studied composition. As a composer, he has written solo piano and chamber music, some of which he has performed himself in public concerts and for television broadcasts in Italy.
In 2019, Antonio won a scholarship from the European Commission and obtained a Master's Degree from the J. Rodrigo Conservatory of Valencia in piano and chamber music with Adolfo Bueso and in choir conducting with Nadya Stoyanova. In 2019, he graduated with distinction in chamber music from the Cilea Conservatory. He also graduated in philosophy from the University of Messina. He has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed musicians such as Freddy Kempf, Enrique Batiz Campbell, Cristiano Burato, François-Joël Thiollier, Michele Campanella, Benedetto Lupo, Stefan Stroissnig and Leslie Howard.
He has also received prizes and achieved high rankings in national and international piano competitions, including at the Bruxelles International Piano Competition, the International Competition Città di Barletta, the Mandanici Award, the Rome Competition, the Làszlò Spezzaferri International Music Competition, the International Music Competition ‘Città di Pesaro', the VII Odin International Music Online Competitio, the ‘San Donà di Piave' Piano International Competition, the International Youth Music Competition in Atlanta, USA, the London Classic Music Competition and the International Moscow Music Competition. He was named ‘Young Artist of Excellence for the Musical Arts' in 2014 by the UNICRAM Association.His studies at the RCM were generously supported by the Members of the Board of ‘Il Circolo'.
6.15 pm Kyle Hutchings
Mozart: Sonata in C minor K457 (20')
Allegro / Adagio / Allegro
Beethoven: Sonata in E Op 109 (22')
Vivace / Prestissimo / Adagio and variations
Kyle Hutchings is a British pianist who, after just twelve months of self-taught playing, won a scholarship to study in London with pianist, Richard Meyrick on the Pianoman Scholarship's Scheme, sponsored by Sir Harvey and Lady Allison McGrath. He subsequently made his London debut with the Arch Sinfonia playing Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto.
Kyle has performed at many venues in the U.K. including at London's King's Place, the BT Tower and the Lansdowne Club, as part of the Blüthner Recital Series. He also performs internationally and recently gave recitals in Italy and Poland. He has been the recipient of many scholarships and prizes and was awarded the Nancy Thomas Prize for Piano as well as the Director's Prize for Excellence during his scholarship studies at Trinity Laban. Kyle was also nominated for the Conservatoire's coveted Gold Medal.
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