24th Singapore International Piano Festival returns to the Victoria Concert Hall

Published on 05 April 2017

From June 1 to 4, the Singapore International Piano Festival will make a return to the Victoria Concert Hall for its 24th year. This year’s theme, Fantasies & Memories, celebrates the vast creative resources of the great composers for the piano. A nostalgic, emotional and uplifting musical journey made all the richer with illuminating insights from four internationally-renowned virtuoso pianists Joseph Moog, Wong Chiyan, Hüseyin Sermet and Stephen Kovacevich.

Joseph Moog’s ability to combine exquisite technical skill with a mature and intelligent musicality set him apart as a pianist who should be taken very seriously. A champion of rare and forgotten repertoire as well as composing his own works, Moog was awarded the accolade of Gramophone Young Artist of the Year 2015 and was also GRAMMY-nominated for his most recent concerto recording.

Wong Chiyan has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and sheer authority of his playing. He is a broad and thoughtful musician with a special interest in the music of Franz Liszt and Ferruccio Busoni. He has won several awards including being the the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) and has won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2011).

Turkish pianist and composer Hüseyin Sermet's thirty-year career reflects his wide-ranging musical interests and intensely personal vision, encompassing a large and eclectic repertoire and pianistic versatility. Sermet has given solo recitals at major series and venues worldwide, and is a devoted mentor of young talent, highly regarded for his many appearances in Japan. His numerous recordings have also won major international prizes.

Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most searching interpreters, never afraid to take both technical and musical risks in order to achieve maximum expressive impact. As a pianist he has won unsurpassed admiration for his playing, appearing with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors including Hans Graf, Simon Rattle, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Stephen is also a committed chamber musician. His Onyx recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variation won him the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award and the ‘Top Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine in September 2015.

 

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24TH SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL: FANTASIES & MEMORIES

DATES & TIME

Concerts

Joseph Moog     1 June 2016 (Thursday), 7.30pm

Wong Chiyan     2 June 2016 (Friday), 7.30pm

Hüseyin Sermet     3 June 2016 (Saturday), 7.30pm

Stephen Kovacevich     4 June 2016 (Sunday), 7.30pm

Masterclasses

Hüseyin Sermet     4 June 2016 (Sunday), 4pm

Stephen Kovacevich     5 June 2016 (Monday), 7.30pm

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VENUE

Concerts: Victoria Concert Hall

Masterclasses: Dance Studio @ Victoria Concert Hall

PROGRAMME

Joseph Moog (1 June)

  • HAYDN
    Fantasy in C major, Hob. XVII:4
  • CHOPIN
    Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
  • DEBUSSY
    Etudes: Livre I.
  • LISZT (arr. Joseph Moog)
    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor

Wong Chiyan (2 June)

  • MOZART
    Fantasy in C minor, K.475
  • CHOPIN
    Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
  • BUSONI
    5 Kurze Stücke, BV 296, V.
    An die Jugend, BV 254, III.
    Sonatina Seconda, BV 259
  • LISZT
    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp minor

Hüseyin Sermet (3 June)

  • MENDELSSOHN
    Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 (Fantaisie Écossaise)
  • BEETHOVEN
    Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)
  • MUSSORGSKY
    Pictures at an Exhibition

Stephen Kovacevich (4 June)

  • BRAHMS  
    Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28 (Fantaisie Écossaise)
    Capriccio No. 7 in D minor, Op.116
    Intermezzo No. 7 in A minor, Op. 76
    Intermezzo No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 76
    Intermezzo No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 118
  • SCHUBERT
    Sonata No. 20 in A major, D.9590
  • CHOPIN
    Six Selected Mazurkas
  • BEETHOVEN
    Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110

TICKET PRICES*

  • 1 & 2 June 2016: $76, $46, $30, $19
  • 3 & 4 June 2016: $86, $56, $36, $19
  • *before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40

CONCESSION DISCOUNTS

  • Students, Senior Citizens & NSF (1 & 2 Jun): $15, $20 (Cat 3 - 4)
  • Students, Senior Citizens & NSF (3 & 4 Jun): $15, $25 (Cat 3 - 4)
  • 2-concert package: 15% (Cat 1 – 3)
  • 3-concert package: 20% (Cat 1 – 3
  • 4-concert package: 25% (Cat 1 – 3)

Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website: www.sistic.com.sg and SISTIC counters island-wide.

 

MEDIA LIAISON:
MS CHERYL PEK
Marketing Communications Executive
Email: cheryl@sso.org.sg
DID: +65 6602 4229

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