Music in Peebles brings its 2012/13 Eastgate Theatre concert series to a close this Tuesday with one of the most exciting pianists around.
George-Emmanuel Lazaridis will be playing two of the most demanding works in his repertoire – the Liszt Sonata in B minor features before the interval and the second half is devoted to a performance of Mussorgsky’s explosive Pictures at an Exhibition.
Greek-born George-Emmanuel studied at the Royal College of Music in London and has already established a distinguished international career as a concerto soloist with major orchestras and conductors, as a solo recitalist and as a recording artist.
Since his early teens he has been performing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Le Corum Montpellier, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Acropolis.
He also played with leading orchestras including the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic and the Warsaw Symphony.
Mentored by Yonty Solomon, he has performed under the direction of such distinguished luminaries as Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Theodor Guschlbauer and Michel Tabachnik among others, and has collaborated with renowned ensembles and artists such as the Medici Quartet, the Isaye Quartet, the Vienna Octet, the BT Scottish Ensemble, Leonidas Kavakos and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In 2006, the artistic committee of the European Concert Hall Organisation selected George-Emmanuel as the Megaron Rising Star candidate, leading to recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, New York, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna.
Critical acclaim has included descriptions as “special enough to be beyond comparison” by BBC Music Magzine and “a powerhouse pianist” by the Herald.
John Fox of Music in Peebles said: “Liszt’s only sonata is widely regarded as his finest work for piano and in George-Emmanuel Lazaridis, this notoriously difficult piece has one of its finest modern exponents. '
“His recording of the sonata was rapturously received and was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as ‘a supremely authoritative reading, which is not only intensely committed, but also deeply imaginative’.
“The sonata will be preceded in the first half of the recital by a Chopin waltz, which George describes as ‘a sweet and sour contrast with what follows’.”
John added: “Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is best known in one of its orchestral transcriptions, especially the brilliant arrangement by Ravel which is a standard showpiece in the repertoire of any self-respecting symphony orchestra.
“However, for raw power, mingled with moments of great intimacy and delivered with an unmistakably Russian voice free from any French accent, there is no substitute for the original piano version.
“Almost 140 years after its composition, this remains one of the most stunningly virtuosic of all piano works.
“There could hardly be a soloist better suited to this immense challenge than George-Emmanuel Lazaridis.”
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