23.02.2015

Philharmonia Orchestra: Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams

The ecstatic virtuosity of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Soloist: Serhiy Salov) meets the sweeping grandeur of Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony, all led by the celebrated British conductor, Martyn Brabbins.
Under the baton of Martyn Brabbins Serhiy Salov will give his debut with Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Corn Exchange

Venue: Main Auditorium/ Time: 7.30 p.m.

Full Programme:
Glinka – Overture Ruslan and Ludmilla
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-Moll. Op. 30
Williams – Symphony No. 5 in D-Dur

07.11.2014

Serhiy Salov plays Saint Saëns with the Krakow Philharmonic

On 7 and 8 November Serhiy Salov will make his debut with the Krakow Philharmonic under the baton of Michał Dworzyński in the Philharmonic Hall.
With the Piano Concerto No 2 Op. 22 in g Minor by Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), the young Ukrainian pianist can be heard on both nights.

Concerts:
7 November 7.30 p.m.
8 November 6 p.m.

Full programme:
Mendelssohn – Overture The Hebrides
Saint Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 Scottish

20.05.2014

Serhiy Salov wins MIMC’s Lupien Improvisation Prize

Montreal-based Ukrainian pianist Serhiy Salov has won the grand prize at the very first edition of the Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize. He was one of six international finalists competing this afternoon at McGill University's Tanna Schulich Hall in Montreal.
Salov's win comes nearly a decade after his memorable triumph at the third edition of the Montreal International Competition (Piano 2004) where he won both the First Grand Prize and People's Choice Award.
Created by the Montreal International Musical Competition to promote classical piano improvisation, the new Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize is the only award of its kind.

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Biography

Born into the exceptional pianistic tradition of the Ukraine, Serhiy Salov also draws on substantial periods of study in both composition and musicology. Indeed, it was his own arrangement for solo piano of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring that led Gramophone to state that “Serhiy Salov makes Stravinsky’s masterpiece his own”. The magazine praised his “glittering technique, meticulous balancing of chords and precise articulation of rapid-fire figurations” as well as his “splendid ear for nuance” and the “unruffled tonal sheen” in a remarkable tour de force”.

It was at the age of eleven that Serhiy Salov gave his first public concert – the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Ukrainian National Orchestra – followed by his first solo recital the following year at Donetsk’s Philharmonia Hall. In 1994, aged 15, he went to Germany taking a degree at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, where he studied with the distinguished French pianist Michel Béroff. He then completed a four-year master’s course at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Joan Havill, receiving the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix). For further studies with Jean Saulnier the young Ukranian settled over to Canada in 2007, where he had already won the Montréal International Musical Competition in 2004. In addition to his Montréal triumph in 2004, his competition achievements include First Prize in the Dudley (2000) and Épinal (2004) International Piano Competitions, Second Prizes at the Gina Bachauer Competition (2010) and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition (2012) and Third Prizes at the Long-Thibaud (2001), the Hamamatsu (2003) and the Tromsö Top of the World (2009) competitions. In May 2014 Serhiy Salov won the Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize, which has been awarded for the first time by the Montreal International Musical Competition.

With recital programmes that extend from Johann Sebastian Bach through the Classical, Romantic and early Modernist composers to György Ligeti, the pianist recently also dedicates himself to contemporary pieces. His concerto repertoire ranges from the great works of the 19th and 20th centuries to lesser-known Soviet composers. Serhiy Salov has made solo appearances in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and Ukraine, and has played with the Berlin Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salt Lake City Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony, with conductors including Lawrence Foster, Jacques Lacombe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Leonard Slatkin. In spring 2013 he toured South America playing Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (direction: Kent Nagano). In 2013 he interpreted Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Stéphane Tétreault, Maxim Vengerov and I Musici de Montréal.

Serhiy Salov is also a keen chamber musician, partners include the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Salov’s solo Rite of Spring is just one example of his piano transcriptions of large-scale works. His other enterprises in this area include Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Fêtes from Debussy’s Nocturnes, a version for solo piano of Poulenc's D minor concerto for two pianos and orchestra as well as scenes from the Wagner operas Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

In the current season Serhiy Salov will perform at home in Canada, but also abroad. He will give his debut with Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Christoph Altstaedt as well as with Artur Rubinstein Philharmonie Lódz and Daniel Raiskin. Another debut will be Serhiy Salov’s performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins at Bedford Corn Exchange. Further concerts in the season 2014/2015 will bring him to New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and to China where he will give eight recitals at different venues.

The Rite of Spring was paired on CD with the world premiere recording of Hutsulian Watercolours by the Ukrainian composer Ihor Shamo (1925-1982) on Analekta in 2010, while Serhiy Salov’s previous release, Shostakovich's Circle, showcased rarely performed piano concertos by German Galynin and Galina Ustvolskaya. Both releases received the Prix Opus for “Best Classical Recording of the Year” by Conseil Québécois de la Musique.

Biography 2014/15 - pdf 

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Dates

08.08.2014

Centre d’Arts, Orford


8.00 pm

Recital

Link

08.08.2014

20.00 h

Recital in Orford

Link to the event

14.08.2014

Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

Recital

Programme:
Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major
Mozart: Sonata in C major
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Ravel: La valse

Link to the event
 

04.09.2014

Open Air Recital in Montréal

Programme:
Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major (Ouverture)
Bach-Dompierre: preludes 1-10 alternating
Bach: Ricercar a 6

18.10.2014

Salle J.-Antonio-Thompson

8.00 pm

Concert in Trois-Rivières

Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivière (Jacques Lacombe)

Programme:
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op. 43

Link to the event

07.11.2014

Philharmonic Hall

7.30 pm

Concert in Cracow

Krakow Philharmonic (Michał Dworzyński)

Programme:
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22

Link to the event

08.11.2014

Philharmonic Hall

6.00 pm

Concert in Cracow

Krakow Philharmonic (Michał Dworzyński)

Programme:
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22

Link to the event

14.11.2014

Auditorium de la Polyvalente

8.00 pm

Recital in Lac-Mégantic

Programme:
Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

31.01.2015

St. Lawrence String Quartet/ Serhiy Salov

Programme:
Brahms: Piano Quintet Op. 34

8.00 pm

Chamber Music Concert in Montréal

23.02.2015

7.30 pm

Concert in Bedford

Philharmonia Orchestra (Martyn Brabbins)

Programme:
Rachmaninov: Piano concerto No. 3 Op. 30

Link to the event 

06.03.2015

Concert Hall Lódz

Concert in Lódz

Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra (Daniel Raiskin)

Programme:
Liszt: Piano Concerto no. 2
Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Paganini


19.03.2015

Bergen Performing Arts Centre

7.30 pm

Concert in Englewood (New Jersey)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Jacques Lacombe)

Programme:
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op. 43

Link to the event


20.03.2015

Richardson Auditorium

8.00 pm

Concert in Princeton (New Jersey)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Jacques Lacombe)

Programme:
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op. 43 

Link to the event


21.03.2015

Count Basie Theatre

8.00 pm

Concert in Red Bank (New Jersey)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Jacques Lacombe)

Programme:
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op. 43

Link to the event

22.03.2015

State Theatre

3.00 pm

Concert in New Brunswick (New Jersey)

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Jacques Lacombe)

Programme:
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini Op. 43

Link to the event

03.09.2015

3-15 September 2015: Recital Tour in China


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Audio

J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Ouvertüre

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J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Allemande

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J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Courante

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J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Aria

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J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Sarabande

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J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Menuet

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J.S. Bach: Partita No.4 D Major - Gigue

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L.v. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 A-Major Op. 101 Allegretto ma non troppo

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L.v. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 A-Major Op. 101 Vivace

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L.v. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 A-Major Op. 101 Adagio

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L.v. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 28 A-Major Op. 101 Allegro

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Video

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Leonard Slatkin

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Discography

Sudden Flashes of Light  

Sudden Flashes of Light

An Action Film on the piano
Serhiy Salov, Piano

feat. Serhiy Salov, Debussy: Fêtes from Nocturnes
Dir. Santiago RuizTorres

Release Date: March, 2012
Format: DVD

 

The Sacred Spring of Slavs

The Sacred Spring of Slavs
Le printemps Sacré des Slaves

Serhiy Salov, Piano

Ihor Shamo (1925-1972)
Hutsulian Water-Colours/Les aquarelles printanières

Ihor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Rite of Spring
Arr. : Serhiy Salov

Label: Analekta, AN 29932
Release Date: May, 2010
Format: CD



 

Shostakovich's Circle

Shostakovich’s Circle/Autour de Chostakovitch

Serhiy Salov, Piano
I Musici de Montréal, conductor: Yuli Turovsky

Hermann Galynin (1922-1966)
Piano Concerto No 1

Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Chamber Symphony Op 73a

Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006)
Piano Concerto

Label: Analekta, AN 29898
Release Date: 2006
Format: CD

 

Serhiy Salov

Serhiy Salov

Bach, Ravel, Beethoven, Lysenko, Brahms, Strauss, Shamo
Serhiy Salov, Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita No. 4 in D Major

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101

Mykola Lyssenko (1842-1912)
Second Rhapsody “Dumka-Shumka”, Op. 18

Maurica Ravel (1875-1937)
Gaspard de la Nuit

Ihor Shamo (1925-1982)
Hutsulski akvareli (Hutsulian water-colours)

Label: Cathedral Arts
Release Date: 2005
Format: CD

 

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Repertoire

Gallery

Fotos: Irène Zandel

 

Serhiy Salovs Outfit: ENVERS par Yves Jean Lacasse

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Press

 "Mr. Salov gave an astounding interpretation of Liszt's colossal B-minor sonata. Thirty minutes at the end of which I was brought to tears. Inspired, thoughtful, with a clarity of play allowing drama to circulate from one hand to the other. Yes, I was listening to a great pianist."

Claude Gingras, Cyberpresse, 16.12.2011

Reading the RITE
Serhiy Salov makes Stravinsky's masterpiece his own

(...) "At least Salov's glittering technique and splendid ear for nuance and tone colour make the best case on Shamo's behalf. His own transcription of (non-watered down) Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is bound to raise purists' eyebrows by way of its textual emendations and massive, arguably unidiomatic rubatos. No bassoonist would be caught dead wigggling around the opening motive as Salov does, nor would any conductor wishing to keep his or her job dare to stretch "Spring Rounds" to the edge of immobility. (...)
Imagine Messiaen rewriting the Rite, and you'll get the gist of Salov's remarkable and beautifully engineered tour de force. Better still, hear it for yourself."
Jed Distler
Gramophone, October 2010

Virtousic and sensuous

"If you want to know what real piano virtuosity sounds like, you have to listen to this CD.
Salov's performance is characterised by great sensitivity and a very strong feeling for the colours of the music.(...)

The main event on this disc is of course Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring'. Here Salov sets out his credentials as both pianist and arranger with phenomenal success, using every resource to convey the impact of the archaic in Stravinsky's music. The rhythms, which have his fingers scuttling across the keyboard like millipedes, are not his only concern. His main priority is to bring out the orchestral colours and moods as intensely as possible, in order to reflect the sensuous quality of the music. And he succeeds brilliantly!
Rémy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2010

The Sacred Spring of Slavs

(... ) "Salov's performance of these two works merits the greatest admiration, for sheer virtuosity and the discrete quality of tone he achieves in all areas of attack and wariness of touch. This is a CD that deserves to outsell most other recordings in these days, weeks and months.
Peter Cossé
Klassik heute, 2010/07/28
original article

The Sacred Spring of Slavs

"In this astonishing and mind boggling transcription for solo piano, Serhiy (Sergei) Salov has managed to retain and even enhance the music's magic. The mysterious and bold harmonies, the savagery of the rhythms, the orchestral colours and shadows, the inner spirit of the score, all of that has been adapted directly to the keyboard and re-constructed faithfully to bring out every minute little detail ranging from the strangely evocative opening notes to the wildest passages in the Dance of the Earth. Salov must have poured over every single note in the orchestral score many times over in order to determine which ones would make the final piano cut and in which role."
Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, 2010/06/10

The Rite of Spring, version for solo piano
Serhiy Salov
Analekta AN 29932

"The Sacred Spring of Slavs CD features the work of an unknown Ukrainian composer, Ihor (or Igor) Shamo, whose pleasant Hutsulian Watercolours are a fitting tribute to their name, as well an exceptional creative feat: an arrangement for solo piano by Serhiy Salov of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It’s a daring wager, when one considers the complexity of the orchestral work and the composer’s virtuostic deployment of the four-hand arrangement for piano—a composer who, in 1916, also created a piano reduction for pianola, a hiccoughing thing that can be heard on conductor Benjamin Zander’s website and that in no way compares, from a musicality standpoint, to the sheer frenzy of Salov’s arrangement. The Ukrainian pianist could well make a name of himself with this daring though masterfully-executed project. My only reservation has to do with some of the calmer sections (e.g. Spring Rounds), which seem a little disassembled and bring down the level of excitement. A minor reservation in the face of such a feat."
Christophe Huss
Le Devoir, 2010/05/14

 The Sacred Spring of Slavs

"Salov made a positive impression, a pianist to hear again, a wish delivered quicker than expected with an encore, one of Brahms’s numerous miniatures – the Intermezzo in A (I believe), the second piece of the Opus 118 collection – to which Salov brought a hauntingly susceptible response to some of Brahms’s most private thoughts captured in music, and also found deeper tones from the Steinway. This resonating ‘extra’ was altogether special from Salov who is just about to release a CD on Analekta entitled “The Sacred Spring of Slavs”, which includes the pianist’s transcription of The Rite of Spring."
The Classical Source, 2010/04/29



"Yesterday night, Serhiy Salov has managed to stay remote from the sheen of a superficial bravoura. His commanding presence at the piano has contributed to powerful yet warm tone and phrasing. Not one gesture was rushed or incongruous. The score seemed to be breathing with inspiration, the sound production exquisite. In the slow movement, these qualities contributed to a truly sublime moments. In the other three, they have allowed a better contemplation of the architecture of this imposing edifice, introducing its every small detail, from every angle. " (...)
Lucie Renaud ,
"Clavier bien tempéré", 2010/04/11

 "Salov and Trudel - a double success"

(...) " One of the most consummate works of the concerto repertoire, the 2nd piano concerto by Brahms is an immensely demanding work for the soloist, as well as for the conductor and the orchestra. We have witnessed at the piano a sparkling virtuoso who had won the 2004 competition. Salov's sheer power of sound production was complemented by the maturity of the interpretation of this 30-year old, a finesse of the phrasing as well as variety of the sound gradations". (...)
Claude Gingras,
"La Presse" Montreal, 12/04/2010

The Sacred Spring of Slavs

The musician's own concert transcription of Igor Stravinsky's 20th century orchestral masterpiece The Rite of Spring was a revelation, while showcasing his highly impressive arranging skills. Although it still begs the question why anyone would invest several years not just painstakingly transcribing from several sources, but also memorizing and performing this musical beast, Salov's virtuosic delivery presented a unique opportunity to hear the work's complex harmonies in all their dissonant glory.
Winnipeg Free Press, 11/01/2010

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