What's New: Piano Pedal To The Medal

Aug 16, 2017

Award winning pianist Martina Filjak
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Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

Enjoy music by Bach, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Hamelin, Schumann, and Debussy in this episode.

We're excited that Martina Filjak plays at Ravinia on August 22! One of the most exciting young artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence.

Yekwon Sunwoo's Decca Gold release
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Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo's playing has been described with: “...his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” by the San Francisco Examiner. 28 year old Sunwoo says he “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences.

Pianist Piotr Anderszewski plays from his Warner Classics album, Fantaisies, a new release featuring works from Mozart and Schumann. Talking about his inspiration for the program, Anderszewski said “I can hear in the music of both composers a similarity in their processes of giving physical form to their inspirations. The cruel resistance of the blank page feels, in both cases, in-existent, ignored. And therein lies an important, precious connection between Mozart and Schumann: an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact.”