Voyage to Europe presents musical miniatures by German and French composers. Our guide in the first half will be Robert Schumann, whose Arabesque Op. 18 depicts a wide range of moods, evincing the composer’s alter egos. Bilder aus Osten, or “Pictures from the East”, continues the journey with a set of six impromptus which invokes folk melodies and rhythms of Central Europe. Rounding out the first half will be his Novelette No. 8, Op. 21, a tale of adventure.
The second half takes a step back to the crystalline clarity of the baroque composer, Jean-Phillipe Rameau, followed by Debussy’s Petite Suite. The triptych of Debussy’s Estampes, meanwhile, paints vivid images of exotic oriental and occidental lands. The Sonata by Francis Poulenc will finish the concert with bright melodies and flashes of color.
Inga Kashakashvili, piano
Anna Keiserman, piano
R. Schumann Arabeske op. 18
R. Schumann Bilder aus Osten op.66
R. Schumann Novelette N8 op.21
J.-P. Rameau Les Tendres Plaintes. Rondeau
J.-P. Rameau Les Sauvages
C. Debussy Petite Suite
C. Debussy Estampes
F. Poulenc Sonata for Four Hands
About Inga Kashakashvili :
Inga Kashakashvili has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall Jazz at Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center (all, New York), the Barbican Centre (London), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), and Opera House and Tbilisi Center for Music and Culture (Georgia). In 2015, she was invited to record Stravinsky’s “Firebird” for the documentary about Misty Copland, A Ballerina’s Tale. She was a prizewinner at competitions including the Artists International Auditions, Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, and Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, and has been presented at festivals including the United Sounds of America (Chicago), PianoSummer (New Paltz), and Leipzig Music Festival. Her teachers include Nino Katamadze, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Vladimir Feltsman.
Anna Keiserman began her piano studies at age five and, at fifteen, made her concerto debut with Volgograd Symphony National Orchestra. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, Moscow; in the United States, she studied at the University of Minnesota with Alexander Braginsky, and at NYU Steinhardt with Eteri Andjaparidze. Anna has participated in master classes and workshops with Victor Rosenbaum, Jerome Rose, Dmitry Rachmanov, Eduard Zilberkant, Tamas Ungar, and Joaquin Achucarro, and been featured at festivals including IKIF (2008-2010), PianoSummer at New Paltz, and Round Top (Full Scholarship recipient, 2012). Today, she concertizes worldwide as a soloist and a chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine.