Dorstone House, Dorstone
Tickets £15 (students £7.50)
Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye
Please note: time given for end of concert is approximate.
This concert is presented in collaboration with the Keyboard Trust – www.keyboardtrust.org
Franz Schubert: Four Impromptus Op. 90
The deservedly popular set of impromptus were written in 1827, one year before Schubert’s premature death at the age of 31. The publisher of the first two used the term ‘Impromptu’ and although the description was subsequently approved by Schubert they are no mere improvisations but full of the delightful and beautifully crafted melodic inventions of this master of song. The last two were not published until 1857, thirty years after their composition and the composer’s death. They have all been used in many films and are instantly recognisable, often attempted by amateurs, but in reality technically challenging.
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3 Op.28
Sonata No. 3 has become one of Prokofiev’s most popular keyboard works. It was written in 1917 based on earlier themes that he had recorded in his teenage notebooks. It is a relatively short single movement work but with huge variations in tempi and dynamics. The composer gave the premiere in St. Petersburg the following year, and unlike many of his previous compositions it was critically acclaimed. Because of the upheaval caused by the 1917 revolution he sought, and obtained, permission to leave Russia for the United States, and did not return until 15 years later.
Modest Mussorgsky: Suite ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’
‘Pictures’ is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. His long-time friend architect and artist Viktor Hartmann had died at the age of 39 and his friends curated an exhibition of 400 of his paintings, some of which were owned by Mussorgsky. The suite opens with a promenade theme, a visitor strolling through the gallery. Then follows the musical depiction of ten of the paintings culminating with the thrilling and majestic’ Great Gate of Kiev’. Huge chords depict the splendour and cumulative power of the artist’s ambitions for the city, and it forms a lasting memorial to the artistic and musical vision of two inspirational Russians.
A critically acclaimed pianist with varied repertoire, Ilya Kondratiev is the prize-winner of several renowned international music competitions, including Frederyk Chopin Hannover 2011, Franz Liszt Budapest 2011, Franz Liszt Weimar 2011, the Fifth Tbilisi 2013 and Brant Birmingham 2015. Born in Russia, he studied from the age of seven at the Samara College of Music with Victoria Soifer and, from the age of 16, at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished teacher and People’s Artist of Russia Zinaida Ignatieva. In 2014 he moved to London in order to further his studies at the Royal College of Music under Vanessa Latarche and Sofia Gulyak, graduating with a Master of Performance and an Artist Diploma in Performance. He also won the Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Competition in 2015 and the prestigious Chappell Gold Medal in 2016.
Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber music player at venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gasteig Munich, Weimarhalle, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, the Palace of Arts in Budapest and the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatoire. In 2009 he founded a chamber music ensemble Robert Quintet and won top prizes at the Sixth Stasys Vainunas Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and The Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence in 2011.
In 2011 Ilya was invited to work with Elisabeth Leonskaya at the Franz Liszt Piano Academy in Schilllingfurst, Germany and with Pavel Gililov at the Eppan Piano Academy in Italy. He has also performed in the masterclasses of Rolf-Dieter Arens, Dina Yoffe, Konstantin Shcherbakov, Willem Brons, Paul Gulda, Dmitry Bashkirov, Jerome Rose, Leslie Howard, Lang Lang and Arie Vardi.
In 2015 and 2017 Ilya was invited to the ‘Encuentro’ Festival in Santander and in 2016 appeared as a guest artist in the Gumusluk Festival in Turkey, and the Beethoven Music Festival and Academy in Altaussee in Austria. He is generously supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust and Talent Unlimited Foundation.
Together with the performing, Ilya is developing his teaching career and in 2019 he joined the Royal College of Music London as a deputy piano professor.
A recent appearance for the Keyboard Charitable Trust in Cyprus received an ecstatic review from Yvonne Georgiadou, Artistic Director of The Pharos Cultural Centre:
”A revelation!....... Ilya is the most exceptional of all………Never before did a pianist keep me locked on my seat, full of excitement from beginning to end. He is a fascinating artist. He makes the piano sound like a full orchestra“.