The Baku Int’l Piano Festival promises to be spectacular [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayilova

A press conference was held before the first Baku International Piano Festival.

World-renowned pianists from Azerbaijan and other countries will take part in the festival from May 20 to 27.

Every day of the week, music lovers have the chance to listen to wonderful music in various genres, from classical to jazz, at the best venues in the country: Landmark, YARAT Contemporary Art Space and the State Philharmonic Hall.

The festival event is organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture, reports Azernews.

Speaking about the event, the director of the festival, Emeritus Artist Shahin Novrasli said that the idea to hold the festival came to him in September last year.

The musician personally compiled the program for the festival, from designing posters to the musical part.

The representative of the Ministry of Culture, Sara Teymurova, said that the festival will arouse great interest among music lovers.

The Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, ​​Jérôme Kehl, expressed his confidence in the success of the Baku International Piano Festival.

In his speech, Mr. Jérôme Kehl noted that French pianist Rémi Geniet will perform at the opening ceremony of the festival on May 21. The pianist will be accompanied by the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra conducted by People’s Artist Yalchin Adigozalov.

“I believe that such events have a positive impact on the development and expansion of relations in the field of culture between France and Azerbaijan,” he concluded.

Rémi Geniet is one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. In 2015, he became a laureate of the Young Concert Artists in New York. In 2020, the young pianist received a career grant from the prestigious New York Salon de Virtuosi.

He is the second laureate of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition and the youngest laureate of the International Beethoven Competition in Bonn.

The French pianist is visiting Azerbaijan for the first time in his life. At the festival, Remi Geniet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E major, Op. 73, also known as the Emperor’s Concerto. The pianist noted the great role of Shahin Novrasli in organizing the festival.

Czech Ambassador to Azerbaijan Milan Ekert spoke about the Marek Novotny Quartet concert.

The Czech musicians will perform at the Landmark Hotel on May 25. In particular, the honored artist Isfar Sarabski will give a concert in the Czech Republic on the same day.

Polish Embassy representative Katarzyna Piasetskaya said the festival promises to be interesting and memorable. Aga Derlak Trio from Poland will perform at the Landmark on May 26th.

Kyrgyz Embassy representative Almaz Aidosov expressed his hope that the Baku International Piano Festival will continue to have a traditional character. Vikram Ruzakhunov (Kyrgyzstan) will perform at the festival on May 22.

In conclusion, Mr. Almaz Aidosov expressed his desire to see Azerbaijani musicians at the International Jazz Festival in Kyrgyzstan.

For a week, Baku music lovers will enjoy wonderful concerts.

Zinnetango will give a spectacular concert in Baku on May 20. Zinnetango is an Argentinian tango group that formed in the spring of 2021.

The international quartet is made up of the best Argentinian, Belgian and Estonian musicians who are united by a common passion for the old tradition of tango. Talented dancers will brighten up the band’s live performance.

The performance by Max Villaveccia and the group Los Aurora on May 21 is a breath of fresh air in flamenco.

Los Aurora is a flamenco-jazz group that is revolutionizing the national and international music scene with a bold and personal proposal. A breath of fresh air in flamenco, a genre that has lost its fear of merging with other aesthetics.

Renowned jazz pianist Vikram Ruzakhunov (Kyrgyzstan) will perform at the Baku International Piano Festival on May 22.

Vikram Ruzakhunov is a well-known jazz pianist from Kyrgyzstan who played a key role in the popularity of jazz throughout the Central Asian region. The pianist receives the medal of excellence of the culture of Kyrgyzstan.

Turkish musicians Guvenc Dagustun and Trio Tanini will delight audiences in Baku on May 22.

As a group they performed in Turkey, Italy, Germany, USA, South Korea, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Spain, etc.

Participants of the “Youth Support” project will also perform at the festival. Young talents will be accompanied by the State Chamber Orchestra under the direction of National Conductor Valid Aghayev.

Azerbaijani composer and pianist Kamala Alizade will delight audiences with modern music on May 23. Kamala Alizade has notably worked as artistic director, composer and pianist in various festivals between Azerbaijan and Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Holland, and Italy, such as “Dialogue between Dante and Fuzuli”.

Vadim is not only a virtuoso of upright and grand pianos and keyboards – he knows how to create a wonderful atmosphere. The virtuoso pianist will perform at the festival on May 23.

Tarlan Novrasli’s book “Come to my Karabakh” will be presented to lyrical music composed by Honored Artist Nargiz Aliyeva.

Notably, Tarlan Novrasli is the author of about a thousand romantic philosophical poems, novels, poems, scientific articles, textbooks, etc. Nargiz Aliyeva received the Mozart Medal from the European Academy of Sciences.

Helge Lien Trio will give a concert in Baku on May 24th. Helge Lien is a synthesis of two traditions, America and Scandinavia. The group connects different cultures through its music.

Saida Zulfugarova will perform the Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra by Edvard Grieg on May 25. At the same time, young pianist Vurgun Vakilov will delight music lovers with Sergueï Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Saida Zulfugarova’s artistic career clearly reflects her generous, curious and enterprising personality: from her activities as a soloist to chamber music and collaborations with talented musicians.

Vurgun Vakilov is a classical pianist, whose name was entered in the “Golden Book” of young talents, and receives a special monthly scholarship. In 2017, he received the “Presidential Prize for Youth”. The pianist is currently studying at the Normal School of Music in Paris “Alfred Cortot” (ENMP).

Marek Novotny has experimented and toured with numerous musical projects and ensembles. His recent musical experiments have been rewarded with the Chang-Sha/CHINA Festival Grand Prix. His quartet will give a concert on May 25.

Zuleykha Usubova, Rovshan Amrakhov and Ayyub Aliyev are three talented musicians from Baku.

They are united by victories in multiple competitions, successful projects and a great passion for music. The concert is scheduled for May 26.

Honored Artist Shahin Novrasli will give the last concert of the Baku International Piano Festival.

The musician will hypnotize the audience with the fusion of jazz, classical music and mugham. Shahin’s album “BAYATI” will also be showcased as part of the event.

The music album was released in March by the Japanese record company “Eight Islands Records”.

Shahin’s 45th birthday concert will be followed by a DJ/piano afterparty.

For more information, visit the festival website. Tickets are available here.

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