Alexej GorlatchRecital - piano Nouvelle Génération
the 10th of april 2015 at 8:30 pm

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Puzzle entertainment

On 10 April, following Rémi Géniet in December and Georgy Tchaidze in January, the series of New Generation Piano recitals is to feature Alexej Gorlatch, the symbol of an emerging generation of exceptional pianists.

At just 26 years old, Kiev-born Gorlatch has already performed in the world's greatest concert venues, such as New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. As a soloist he has been the guest of prestigious orchestras, ranging from the Hallé in Manchester, to the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the Camerata Salzburg, the RTE National Symphony Ireland and the greatest Japanese orchestras.

He garnered the Public Prize as well as several special prizes during the International ARD Music Competition. This prize came on the heels of his nine first prizes in the most renowned piano competitions.

For his recital at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Alexej Gorlatch has chosen a programme that travels through the centuries, from Beethoven's Sonata No. 31 to a 2011 composition of Lera Auerbach, and from Stravinsky's Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor to Chopin's Sonata No. 2.



Date

Friday 04/10/2015 - 8:30 pm

VENUE

Auditorium

Detailed programme

Igor Stravinsky: Sonata in F-sharp minor (1904)

Allegro

Vivo

Andante

Allegro

Lera Auerbach: Milking Darkness (2011)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in B-flat major Op. 110.

Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

Allegro molto

Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo (fuga)

Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 35

Grave-Agitato

Scherzo

Marche funèbre

Finale

Duration: 1hr30


Biography

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Alexej Gorlatch, piano


 


“… the most poetically expressive account of Chopin’s Etudes I have ever heard: none of pianism’s big beasts, past or present, could have done better” (The Independent, 2011)


 


Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in Kiev and has been living in Germany since 1991. He began his piano studies at the age of seven with Eduard-Georg Georgiew in Passau, becoming a junior student of Martin Hughes at the Berlin University of Arts at the age of twelve, before continuing his music studies two years later with KarlHeinz Kämmerling at the University of Music and Drama Hanover and subsequently with Bernd Goetzke.


His victory at the International ARD Music Competition, where he also garnered the audience prize and several special awards besides, was preceded by a remarkable musical debut – within just six years, he had picked up first prize at nine renowned international piano competitions, including those in Hamamatsu, Japan (2006), the German Music Competition (2008), the International A.G. Rubinstein Competition (2009) and in Dublin (2009), as well as the Silver Medal in Leeds.


Alexej Gorlatch has given highly acclaimed performances at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Great Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Alfred Cortot in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, the Herkulessaal and Philharmonie in Munich, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia. He has been invited to perform at “La Roque d’Anthéron” International Piano Festival, Lucerne Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, Yokohama International Piano Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festspiele “Europäische Wochen”, Schwarzwald Music Festival, Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland and the Harrogate International Festival in the UK, among others. He has played on concert tours in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, Germany and the USA.


    As a soloist, Alexej Gorlatch has appeared with numerous orchestras, such as the Hallé Manchester, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, RTÉ National Symphony Ireland, leading orchestras of Japan (NHK, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, NDR Symphony and NDR Radio Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Bochum Symphony, Korean Symphony, Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and the Johannesburg Philharmonic. Alexej Gorlatch has recorded CDs with OehmsClassics, BR Klassik, Genuin and RAM, and the releases of his live performances on the Edition Ruhr Piano Festival and the BR Klassik label have been greeted with great acclaim.


Alexej Gorlatch is a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German Foundation for Musical Life), SWR2 New Talent and the Mozart Society of Dortmund.