Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Current Projects

Sixth Chetham's International Festival and Summer School for Pianists: August 19-26 2006 (check out http://www.piano-festival.co.uk for full information on the UK's largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano)

Shostakovich Centenary recital tour, including Sept 10 concert at Wigmore Hall: Programme includes both Shostakovich Sonatas, the British Premiere of Rodion Shchedrin's Concerto for solo Piano ('Naughty Limmericks'), and works by Ronald Stevenson (Recitative and Air on DSCH) Kabalevsky (Sonata no. 3 in F major), and Myaskovsky ('Song and Rhapsody, op. 58. The tour moves into phase two from June 06, following performances in Birmingham (Adrian Boult Hall, Feb), St. Andrews University (YOunger Hall, also Feb 06), RNCM 'Shostakovich and his comrades' chamber music festival in Manchester (January 06) and Doncaster (also Jan 06). These earlier recitals substituted Weinberg's rarely heard 2nd Sonata and Prokofiev's monumental sixth Sonata instead of the Shchedrin and the 2nd Shostakovich sonata.

'Masterclass' articles in 'International Piano' magazine: Murray McLachlan's 'column' on piano technique is well established, and already nearing its 30th instalment. Recent articles on memory, stamina, pedalling and 'key bedding' continue the momentum. Next essay on 'self listening' to follow in the Sept-October edition www.international-piano.com

'Unsung Heroes' column in 'Piano Magazine'. Equally successful is the series of articles in Rhinegold publishing's Piano quarterly, in which an enormous number of composers have been examined, including Clementi, Busoni, Stevenson, Camilleri, etc, etc. August issue out shortly wil feature an in depth study of Shostakovich's 1st Sonata and a re-examination of Myaskovsky, the 'father of the Soviet symphony' www.rhinegold.co.uk


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