10 May at 9 pm
Concert by renowned pianist Derek Han with a string trio from Kosovo: reflections on boundaries in the composers’ personal histories, music styles and artistic imagination.
String Trio Kosova KOSOVA
Sihana Badivuku, violin
Blerim Grubi, viola
Aristidh Prosi, cello
Derek Han, piano USA
- Lorenc Antoni (1909-1991) – “Malesorja”for String Trio
- Valton Beqiri (1967) – “Motive” for violin and viola
- Rexho Mulliqi (1923-1982) –“Baresha” (Arrangement for string Trio by Bujar Llapaj)
- Willy Merz (1964) – Trois regards sur la planete Mars
- Robert Schumann(1810-1856) – Pianoquartet no.1,E-flat major,op.4
Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
Scherzo: Molto vivace – Trio I – Trio II
Derek Han is without a doubt among the leading American pianists of his generation. His elegant, polished and compelling playing has dazzled audiences across six continents. Originally identified with the concertos of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, he possesses a vast repertory that includes the concertos of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and MacDowell, as well as concertos by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, in addition to a large body of solo and chamber works. Han’s style is original though straightforward in its lucid tones, spirited character, and technical fluidity and accuracy.
Han was born in the United States to Chinese parents. He was a precocious child, becoming proficient on the piano at an early age, and then graduated from Juilliard at 18 the youngest ever to do so with a Bachelor’s Degree. His most important teacher there was Ilona Kabos, but he studied under a string of even more prominent ones after graduating: Gina Bachauer, Lili Kraus, and Guido Agosti.
Han captured First Prize at the Athens International Piano Competition in 1977. He thus experienced a meteoric rise in the late ’70s and early ’80s, appearing as soloist with leading European and American orchestras and as a recitalist and chamber player at an array of important concert locales. He began to appear regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival (at the behest of Rudolf Serkin) and at many major concert venues in the United States and Europe: New York, St. Louis, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin, London, Warsaw, Moscow, and elsewhere.
By the 1990s Han had become not only an important figure on the concert scene but a popular recording artist, as well, with most of his work, including the Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven complete concerto cycles, appearing on the American ProArte label. In 1996 Han was invited to go on what would become a critically triumphant tour with the Sinfonia Varsovia to South Africa to celebrate the 80th birthday of Lord Yehudi Menuhin, who led the orchestra for the series of concerts. In 1998 Han was also Artistic Director of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in Croatia, and in 1990 became the Artistic Advisor to the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
In the new century Han continued to grow in stature and expand his repertory. His extensive touring included major tours of Europe, Asia, South America and the US with the Moscow Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, London Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hague Residentie Orchestra, Bolshoi Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Camerata Salzburg and Philharmonia of the Nations. Among his later recordings were releases containing the complete Brahms piano quartets on Brilliant Classics, the Chopin Concertos and the Rachmaninov Concertos No. 1 and No. 2, with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Han continues to be a highly sought after artist, appearing regularly throughout Europe, North and South America with leading orchestras and in recital. He has given master classes at the University of London and at the Chelyabinsk Central Music Conservatory in Russia, in addition to jury member of international music competitions.
String Trio Kosova was founded in 2003 by the first soloists of the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sihana Badivuku (violin), Blerim Grubi (viola) and Antonio Gashi (cello). Each of the members has a prestigious solo and teaching activity in many European countries.
Since its foundation the ensemble has participated in major festivals and concerts in Kosovo and throughout the surrounding region (Kosova KamerFest, ReMusica, ArsKosova Music Competition for Youth, Ohrid Summer Festival, Multi-Kulti), also collaborating with renowned artists like Derek Han, Pavel Vernikov, Francesco de Zan, Pieruiggi Camiccia, Mathew Barley, Bertrand Giraud, Maja Kastratovich, Stefan Wirth, Dino Mastroyiannis, Boris Previsich, Yesim Gokalp, Desar Sulejmani, Alfredo Oyaguez in quartet, quintet and sextet formations.
The Kosovo Trio repertoire goes from the Baroque to contemporary authors.
The intent of the Trio is also to promote the Balkan musical culture, and above all the Kosovar culture after the declaration of independence, in the main European festivals.
Since 2008 the new Trio cellist is Aristidh Prosi, first cello and artistic director of the Albanian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
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