Alexander Karpeyev, piano

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Alexander Karpeyev, piano

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 7:30 PM – 4405 W. 8 Avenue, St. Helen’s Anglican Church.

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Prokofiev Vision Fugitives, Op. 22 Nos. 1, 3, 8-11, 14-15, 18-20

Medtner Sonate-Ballade, Op. 27

Grechaninov Prelude Op. 78 No. 1

                          Lullaby Op. 78 No. 2

                         Waltz Op. 61 No. 5

                         Reproche Op. 61 No. 6

                         Caprice Op. 61 No. 2

Rachmaninov ‘Nïne otpuschayeshi’ from All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 (arr. Rachmaninov)

                            Etude-Tableux, Op. 39 No. 7

Stravinsky Three movements from Petrouchka (arr. Stravinsky)

Dr. Alexander Karpeyev has been a major prizewinner in international piano competitions, including 1st prizes at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival’s “Professional Piano Recital” Competition, the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition and the Norah Sande Award 2008. He is also a laureate of the 1998 Ibla Grand Prize in Ragusa, Italy; the 2001 International Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands; the 2004 Competition “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, Poland; the 2004 Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Gaillard, France; the 2006 Tunbridge Wells International Concert Artist Competition and the 2009 Amy Brant International Piano competition in Birmingham, England. In 2008 he was awarded The Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.

Karpeyev began playing the piano at age 7, studying at the Children’s Music School in Saratov, Russia. In 2000 he entered the prestigious Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Alexander Mndoyants and Vera Gornostayeva. He graduated with highest honours in 2005 and won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to study with Joan Havill. A noted interpreter of the works of Medtner, Karpeyev has recently defended his doctoral thesis on Medtnerian performance practice (City University London, 2014). Of a recent performance of Medtner’s chamber music in which he appeared with the Idomeneo Quartet, the Musical Opinion critic remarked on their ‘insight and genuine interpretative affection’. Alexander Karpeyev has given recitals in many of the major UK venues, including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Cadogan, Royal Festival, Wigmore, Fairfield and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Abroad, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Greece, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. His performances have been featured on Sky Television and BBC Radio. Karpeyev is also a regular participant of the ‘Piano Week’ festival in Wales. In January 2016 Alexander has organized first in the UK international Medtner festival.

Alexander Karpeyev is rapidly gaining a reputation as a notable interpreter of the piano music of the Russian Silver Age. His return to Vancouver gathers together pieces by the émigré composers Grechaninov, Medtner, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.

Having fled Russia before or immediately following the Russian Revolution, these composers were later divided in their opinions of the new regime, with variying consequences for their subsequent careers.

The music chosen to illustrate the ‘Final Flowering’, composed between 1910 and 1919, reflects this and includes rarely performed miniatures by Grechaninov, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, Stravinsky’s Petroushka transcription and the Sonate-Ballade by Medtner, in whose music Karpeyev specialises. His recital takes place on the eve of the centenary of the February 1917 uprising in St Petersburg.