23.11.2015

Piano and Chamber Music Evening at the Bach Festival Montreal 2015

Serhiy Salov was once more invited to the Bach Festival in Montréal, where he is by now considered a regular guest. This season, the Ukrainian pianist performs in a recital as well as a chamber music evening. With the theme "The three great B's" ("Les trois grands B") he appears in concert with the German violinist Axel Strauss and the Ukrainian cellist Kateryna Bragina dedicating themselves to works by Bach, Brahms and Beethoven.

23. November 2015, 7.30 p.m.: Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal)

Programme:
Beethoven – Piano sonata No. 28 A major Op 101
Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 B major Op. 8 for piano, violin and cello
J. S. Bach – Chaconne in d minor, transcribed for the left hand, BWV 1004/5

10.10.2015

Serhiy Salov plays Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings No. 1

On October 10th, Serhiy Salov will play Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings No. 1 with Paul Merkelo, the principal trumpeter of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Génération under the direction of Russian conductor Airat Ichmouratov in the Universityof Mc Gill.
Shostakovich composed his Piano Concerto Op. 35 in the summer of 1933, a few weeks after he had finished the work on his opera "Lady Macbeth of Mzensk ". The composer himself called this work a "mocking challenge to the conservative - serious nature of the classical concert ".
The chamber orchestra Nouvelle Génération was founded in 2011 and has quickly become well-known in the classical music scene in Québec.

10. October 2015: Pollack Hall of McGill University (Montréal)

Programme:
Shostakovich - Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings No. 1  

03.09.2015

Concert tour through China 3.-14. September 2015

In five different Chinese cities, Serhiy Salov will give concerts in September 2015. The Ukrainian pianist will travel through China and play recitals in Tianjin, Guangzhou, Hefei, Shanghai and Suzhou between 4th and 12th September. Enclosed are the concert dates:

4 September: Tianjin, Tianjin Grand Theater Concert Hall
6 September: Guangzhou, Guangzhou Opera House MF Theater
10 September: Hefei, Anhui Song Dance Drama Theater
11 September: Shanghai, Shanghai City Theatre
12 September: Suzhou, Suzhou Cultural and Arts Center

Programme:

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 C major Op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi Op. 117
Chopin - Ballad No. 1 g minor Op. 23
Scriabin - Etude Op.2, No. 1 in c sharp minor
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8, No. 12 in d sharp minor
Mussorgski – “Night on a bare Mountain“
Balakirev – Islamey, oriental fantasy


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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 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salt Lake City Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony, with conductors including Martyn Brabbins, 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 and 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. Furthermore, Mussorgsky’s Night on a bare mountain and Prelude to the opera Khovanshchina, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Seasons and Nutcracker have been included as transcriptions by the pianist into his repertoire.

In the last season, Serhiy Salov has given his debuts with Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Michał Dworzyński, with Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Lódz and Pawel Przytocki as well as with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins at Bedford Corn Exchange. Concerts in the season 2015/2016 will bring him to China where he will perform in different cities. Further concerts will be in various venues in Canada. Serhiy Salov is a regular guest at Bachfestival Montréal.

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. Within shortly, Serhiy Salov will record the 24 preludes by François Dompierre as well as a CD with postromantic works from Debussy to Ravel.

Biography 2015/16 - pdf 

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Dates

23.07.2015

19.30 h

Barachois Summer Music – Rezital

Programm:
Beethoven - Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-Dur op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi op. 117
Chopin - Ballade Nr. 1 g-moll op. 23
Scriabin - Etude op.2, Nr. 1 cis-moll
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8, Nr. 12 dis-moll
Mussorgski -“Eine Nacht auf dem kahlen Berge“ (Night on a bare Mountain)
Balakirev - Islamey, orientalische Fantasie

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31.07.2015

Église Saint-Jean-Bosco, Magog

20.00 h

Festival Orford

Jean-François Rivest (Leitung)
Orchestre de la Francophonie mit Académie Orford & YOA Orchestre des Amériques
Programm:
Ravel - Klavierkonzert G-Dur

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01.08.2015

Église anglicane, Abercorn

20.00 h

Recital in Abercorn

François Dompierre - Les 24 préludes de Dompierre
I.Frénétique, II. Tranquille, III. Massif, IV. Limpide, V. Effervescent, VI. Excentrique, VII. Tendre, VIII. Déterminé, IX. Obstiné, X. Énergique, XI. Alerte, XII. Immobile, XIII. Pittoresque, XIV. Mystérieux, XV. Loufoque, XVI. Effréné, XVII. Délicat, XVIII. Mélancolique, XIX. Mécanique, XX. Fébrile, XXI. Désinvolte, XXII. Lancinant, XXIII. Incisif, XXIV. Provocateur

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02.08.2015

Église anglicane, Abercorn

14.00 h

Recital in Abercorn

 J.-S. Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier: 1. Buch - BWV 846 - BWV 869

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04.09.2015

Tianjin Grand Theater Concert Hall

China-Tour

Programm:
Beethoven - Klaviersonate Nr. 21 C-Dur op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi op. 117
Chopin - Ballade Nr. 1 g-moll op. 23
Scriabin - Etude op.2, Nr. 1 cis-moll
Scriabin - Etude op. 8, Nr. 12 dis-moll
Mussorgski – “Eine Nacht auf dem kahlen Berge“ (Night on a bare Mountain)
Balakirev - Islamey, orientalische Fantasie

06.09.2015

Guangzhou Opera House MF Theater

China-Tour

Programme:
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 C major Op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi Op. 117
Chopin - Ballad No. 1 g minor Op. 23
Scriabin - Etude Op.2, No. 1 in c sharp minor
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8, No. 12 in d sharp minor
Mussorgski – “Night on a bare Mountain“
Balakirev – Islamey, oriental fantasy

10.09.2015

Hefei, Anhui Song Dance Drama Theater

China-Tour

Programme:
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 C major Op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi Op. 117
Chopin - Ballad No. 1 g minor Op. 23
Scriabin - Etude Op.2, No. 1 in c sharp minor
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8, No. 12 in d sharp minor
Mussorgski – “Night on a bare Mountain“
Balakirev – Islamey, oriental fantasy

11.09.2015

Shanghai, Shanghai City Theatre

China-Tour

Programme:
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 C major Op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi Op. 117
Chopin - Ballad No. 1 g minor Op. 23
Scriabin - Etude Op.2, No. 1 in c sharp minor
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8, No. 12 in d sharp minor
Mussorgski – “Night on a bare Mountain“
Balakirev – Islamey, oriental fantasy

12.09.2015

Suzhou, Suzhou Cultural and Arts Center

China-Tour

Programme:
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 C major Op. 53 „Waldstein“
Brahms - 3 Intermezzi Op. 117
Chopin - Ballad No. 1 g minor Op. 23
Scriabin - Etude Op.2, No. 1 in c sharp minor
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8, No. 12 in d sharp minor
Mussorgski – “Night on a bare Mountain“
Balakirev – Islamey, oriental fantasy

10.10.2015

Mc Gill University (Pollack Hall)

Airat Ichmouratov (Leitung), Paul Merkelo (Trompete)
Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle génération

Programm:
Shostakovich - Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings No.1

18.10.2015

L’Assomption, Théâtre Hector-Charland de l‘Assomption

14.00 h

Concert

Sinfonia de Lanaudière
Stéphane Laforest, conductor

Programm:
Chopin - Piano Concerto No 2 F Minor Op. 21

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24.10.2015

Prévost

Recital

Programm:
Chopin - Ballade No. 1
Debussy - 'Les Nocturnes'
Ravel - 'La valse'
Mussorgski – „Night on a bare Mountain"
Mussorgski - Prelude to the opera „Chowanschtschina“

23.11.2015

Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

19.30 h

Montreal Bachfestival 2015

Serhiy Salov (Klavier), Axel Strauss (Violine), Kateryna Bragina (Violoncello)
Programm:
Beethoven – Klaviersonate Nr. 28 A-Dur op. 101
Brahms – Klaviertrio Nr. 1 H-Dur op. 8 für Klavier, Violine und Violoncello
J.S. Bach - Chaconne in d-moll, bearbeitet für die linke Hand, BWV 1004/5 

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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

Video Link nicht mehr verfügbar.

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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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