headed a contentious piano jury that included composers Dmitri Kabalevsky, Sir Arthur Bliss and Camargo Guarneri, and pianists Sviatoslav Richter, Lev Oborin and Heinrich Neuhaus.
Christiakova, who is a prizewinner in more than 30 international Competitions -- including the Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, the International Piano Competition in Memory of Emil Gilels
, and the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow -- will be performing an all-French programme of works by Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel.
He offers me all the LPs I want, and he keeps insisting that of all of the hundreds there, the one I should take with me is the Emil Gilels
recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.
Cortot, Gieseking, Grainger, Gilels
, Horowitz, Arrau, Rubenstein, Backhaus, Kempff, Michelangeli, Barenboim, Pollini, Argerich and more.
To this sublime work Gilels
brings pearly articulation and refined chording (and a rarely-heard first-movement cadenza).
He has appeared on national television, won competitions, and been touted as a world-class talent in the same way the Russian pianist Emile Gilels
burst on the musical scene, and with, very evidently, a talent and technical facility entirely equal to Gilels
The difference now isn't just that the Tehran orchestra playing a pathetic Peace and Friendship Symphony is such a far cry from Emil Gilels
playing Beethoven's Emperor concerto.
But as representatives of the highest standards that a pianist and artist can reach, apart from Richter I could mention Emil Gilels
or Wilhelm Kempf, Dino Lipati, and among contemporary pianists Muray Perahi, for example, or Emanuel Ax.
, Richter y Rostropovich fueron de los primeros en darse a conocer fuera de la URSS y de los paises de la orbita sovietica de Europa Oriental.
By the interval Paul Lewis was well on the way to convincing me that he was the best pianist I had heard in the Philharmonic Hall since the late Emil Gilels
I have recorded Mahler with Leonard Bernstein, Brahms with Isaac Stern, Tchaikovsky with Emil Gilels
, and Dvorak with Yo Yo Ma.
She is a Schumann-Chopin player whose clean execution and unprissy elegance at their best put her in some amalgam of the Solomon tradition with the classy virtuosity of Russian predecessors like Gilels