Photos: Sascha Laguna (left) and Antonio J. Garcìa (right)
Dear friends of music and art,
we are very pleased to present you again the pianist duo Georgy Voylochnikov and Sara deAscaniis. Recently, the two musicians enchanted our audience in 2019 with a magnificent concert. This time they have prepared an exciting concert for 4 hands on the piano with works by Fanny Hensel, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
Saturday, 21 October 2023
Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Admission: 30,- €
Fanny Hensel (1805 – 1847)
Three piano pieces for four hands
Allegretto – Allegro Molto – Allegro grazioso
Robert Schumann (1805 – 1847)
Pictures from the East, op. 66
6 Impromptus for four handsfor the pianoforte
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Chorale Preludes, op. 122
“Herlich tut mich verlangen” (arrangement by Eusebius Mandyczewsky)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
16 Waltzes, op. 39
Born into a family of musicians, Sara De Ascaniis began playing the piano by ear at the age of two, improvising on her own.
She began her training at the age of seven when she entered the Arrigo Pedrollo Conservatory of Music in Vicenza. Three years later she already gave her first recital, which was followed by her debut with orchestra with Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414.
Since then she has performed regularly as a soloist and with orchestra both in Italy and abroad. She has been invited to numerous festivals, such as La Società dei Concerti of Milan, Festival LeXGiornate of Brescia, Maggio della Musica of Naples, Oberhausen Festival, Internationaler Konzertverein Bodensee, Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, iPalpiti Festival in California.
After graduating summa cum laude from the Conservatory, she earned a bachelor’s degree at the University Mozarteum Salzburg under the direction of Claudius Tanski. There she continued her master studies with distinction in the class of Imre Rohmann, former student of Ferenc Rados and György Kurtàg.
She also received important musical impulses from renowned piano teachers such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pavel Gililov, Leonid Margarius, Benedetto Lupo, Lilya Zilberstein, Boris Petrushansky and especially Konstantin Bogino, with whom she studied at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padua (postgraduate).
Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician have taken her throughout Europe, in Canada and in the United States, where she has performed in famous concert halls such as La Fenice in Venice, Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Tanna Schulich Hall in Montréal, Bing Theatre in Los Angeles. She has performed frequently with various instrumentations from duo to quintet, working with artists such as Wolfgang Redik, Rainer Schmidt, Igor Ozim, Enrico Bronzi and Alois Brandhofer.
Since the age of 9 she has won numerous piano competitions, among which the J.S. Bach Prize of Sestri Levante, Recanati Prize, R. Schumann Prize of the Rospigliosi Competition in Lamporecchio, Matteo Molinari Prize of Vicenza, “Young Talents” of Venice, Silvio Omizzolo Prize of Padua, Vito Frazzi Prize of Florence, Mozart Prize at the Mozarteum Salzburg, International Piano Competition of Baden-Baden.
Her interpretations of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto n. 3 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto have been broadcasted with great success by the Italian Radio. Moreover, in 2022 her album “19th Century Piano Fantasies” with works by Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin and Bruckner was released by the DaVinci Classics label and received several successful reviews.
She devotes herself enthusiastically to piano teaching and, after completing her master’s degree in instrumental pedagogy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, began her professional career at various music schools in Berlin. She was also a professor at the Cesare Pollini State Conservatory in Padua, Italy (2017 to 2019) and at the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia (2019). Since 2021, she has been a lecturer at the Treptow-Köpenick Municipal Music School in Berlin and at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory in Trieste.
A sincere reading of Scriabin’s music … very subtle, sensual, sublime”
(Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky, Chairman of the 4th International Scriabin Competition in Moscow).
Georgy Voylochnikov was born into a family of musicians in Voronezh in 1985 and received his first piano lessons from his father at the age of three. At the age of eight, he entered the Central Music School in Voronezh, where he became a pupil of Valery Volkov.
From 2002 to 2006 he studied at the Gnessins Musical College in Moscow in the class of the famous Professor Andrey Khitruk. During this period, he won the 3rd prize in the competition All-Russian Competition for Young Pianists in Voronezh and the 2nd Prize (1st Prize was not awarded) at the Moscow Götefest Piano Competition in Moscow. In 2006 he began to study at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the guidance of the outstanding pianist and laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition and Queen Elizabeth Competition Stanislav Igolinsky. With him, Georgy continued his postgraduate studies and won at the same time several prizes in prestigious competitions such as the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, the competition “Premi Principat d’Andorra” and the International Scriabin Competition in Moscow. Since 2014 Georgy Voylochnikov studies for his concert exam at the University of Music and Dance Cologne in the class of Professor Ilja Scheps.
Among the numerous awards that he won in recent years are the International Music Competition Cologne (1st Prize and Audience Award), the Karl-Robert Kreiten Music Competition in Aachen (1st prize), Istanbul Orchestra Sion International Piano Competition (2nd prize), International Piano Competition Geilenkirchen (3rd prize), Spanish Composers International Piano Competition in Madrid (3rd prize). He is also semi-finalist at the UNISA International Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, at the Telekom Beethoven International Piano Competition in Bonn, at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, and was selected for the 2015 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition. He has appeared as a soloist and with various ensembles both in his homeland Russia and in Ukraine, in Japan and in most European countries. He was invited to attend the Chopin Festival in Gdansk on the occasion of Fryderyk Chopin’s 200th anniversary. The highlight of the last year was his interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with the Academic Philharmonic Orchestra in Voronezh, Russia.
I’m looking forward to your visit!
02.12.2023 – CONCERT: Knut Hanßen (piano) presents works by L. v. Beethoven und J. Brahms
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