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Natasha Vlassenko & Oleg Stepanov - NZ Int'l Piano Festival

When:

Thu 26 Apr 2012, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • 5 concert pass: $240.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: SWPR Ltd

Russia’s Natasha Vlassenko and Latvia’s Oleg Stepanov will perform at the New Zealand International Piano Festival.

The New Zealand International Piano Festival (NZIPF) features seven of the world’s top pianists performing five recitals at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE from 21-26 April. The festival celebrates the rich textures of the piano from steamy intensity to dreamy introspection.

Russia’s Natasha Vlassenko and Latvia’s Oleg Stepanov have together won a huge list of prizes and awards in Russia and in other countries. They have been based in Australia for nearly 20 years, teaching at the Queensland Conservatorium, and organising one of Australia’s top piano competitions, established in memory of Lev Vlassenko, Natasha’s father and an acclaimed pianist and educator in Russia and further afield.

Natasha and Oleg offer an exciting mixture of solos and duets, topping and tailing their programme with duets from the French school – Debussy at the start (his popular ‘Petite Suite’) and Ravel at the end with ‘Rhapsodie Espagnole’.

In between, the programme is given over to the mighty Liszt, with Oleg offering the mystical ‘Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude’ in addition to a Hungarian Rhapsody, and Liszt’s once “most-favourite” piece ‘Liebesträume No.3’.

For her part, Natasha also plays a Hungarian Rhapsody, preceded by a bristling concert study, a slightly calmer Sposalizio, and a poetic piece inspired by Petrarch, whom Liszt read during his travels in Italy.

Also featuring in the New Zealand International Piano Festival are New Zealand pianists Richard Mapp and Emma Sayers; Russian-Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg; Chinese-born pianist Jian Liu; and Russia's Sofya Gulyak.

As a special feature of this year’s festival, three pianists will perform concerts in Wellington and Invercargill.

The New Zealand International Piano Festival was created in 2005 by internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Steinway artist Tamas Vesmas. His vision was to present a Piano Festival that would expose audiences to some of the world’s top concert pianists. As well as the concert series, the artists also perform special dinner concerts at Mollies, and conduct masterclasses for young New Zealand pianists.

The New Zealand International Piano Festival is proudly brought to you by Lewis Eady Ltd and the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust.

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