On 7 and 8 November Serhiy Salov will make his debut with the Krakow Philharmonic under the baton of Christoph Altstaedt 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.
7 November 7.30 p.m.
8 November 6 p.m.
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.
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.
Centre d’Arts, Orford
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo
Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major
Mozart: Sonata in C major
Ravel: La valse
Ihor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The Rite of Spring
Arr. : Serhiy Salov
II. The Augurs of Spring:
Dances of the Young Girls
III. Ritual of Abduction
IV. Spring Rounds
V. Ritual of the Rival Tribes
VI. Procession of the Sage;
The Kiss of the Earth
VII. Dance of the Earth
II. Mystic Circleof the Young Girls
III. The Naming and Honoring of the Chosen One
IV. Evocation of the Ancestors
V. Ritual Action of the Ancestors
VI. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Label: Analekta, AN 29932
Release date: May, 2010
Ihor Shamo (1925-1972)
I. Sunrise in the Montains
II. Musicians Head Into the Mountains
III. Little Sheperd Boy
IV. A Spring Rain
V. A Ritual Song for Spring
VI. Shepherds' Dance
Hermann Galynin (1922-1966)
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1
Dimitri Schostakowitsch (1906-1975)
Kammersymphonie op. 73a
Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006)
Serhiy Salov, Klavier
I Musici de Montréal, Dirigent Yuli Turovsky
Label: Analekta, AN 29898
J. S. Bach
Ricercar à 3 (from "Musical Offering" BWV 1079)
Ricercar à 6 (from "Musical Offering" BWV 1079)
Partita in C minor
Partita in D major
Prelude and Fugue in C# minor, Book 1
Prelude and Fugue in D minor, Book 1
Prelude and Fugue in G major, Book 1
Prelude and Fugue in D major, Book 2
Sonata No. 50 in C major
Sonata No. 52 in E flat major
W. A. Mozart
Sonata in B flat major
Sonata in D major
Fantasy in D minor
Variations D major on the Duport Theme
Sonata in C major KV 330
L. van Beethoven
Sonata op. 3 No. 2 in C major
Sonata op. 10 No. 3 in D major
Sonata No. 14 in C# minor "Moonlight"
Sonata op.28 in E flat major
Sonata op. 53 in C major "Waldstein"
Sonata op. 101 in A major
Sonata op. 106 in B flat major ' Hammerklavier"
Sonata op. 109 in E major
Sonata op. 111 in C minor
Toccata op. 7
Fantasy in C Major op.17
Symphonic Studies op. 13
Humoreque op. 20
Sonata op. 35 in B flat minor
Scherzo No. 3 op. 39
First and Second Ballades
Fantasie Brillante in F minor, op 49
24 Etudes from Op.10 and Op. 25
Selected Nocturnes and Mazurkas
Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61
Sonata in B minor
Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 10
Hungarian Rhapsody ("Carnaval de Pesth"), No. 12 in C# minor
Mephisto Valse No. 1
"La Campanella" (Study No. 3 d'après Paganini)
Etude transcendante No.4, "Mazeppa"
Klavierstücke op. 76
Variations Book 1
Rhapsody op. 79 No. 2
3 Intermezzi in E flat major, Op. 117
Oriental Fantasy "Islamey"
Pictures at an Exhibition
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Second Rhapsody "Dumka-Shumka" Op 18
Impressionistic and 20th century
"Les Collines d'Anacapri",
"Des Pas sur la Neige",
"Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest",
"La Danse de Puck", "Feux d'artifice".
Images Book 1
"Fêtes" (from "Nocturnes", arr. S. Salov)
"Gaspard de la Nuit"
Sonata No. 3
Study No. 4 "Fanfares"
Study No. 5 "Arc-en-ciel"
Hutsulski akvareli [Hutsulian watercolours]
Three movements from "Pétrouchka"
"Le Sacre du Printemps", arr. S. Salov
L. van Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 op. 30 No. 2 in C minor
L. van Beethoven "Kreutzer" sonata for Piano and Violin
J. Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor
J. Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor
J. Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor op. 25
J. Brahms Trio for piano and strings in B Major op. 8
J. Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G Major op. 78
J. Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor op. 108
D. Shostakovich Piano trio in E minor
D. Shostakovich Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
C. Franck Sonata in A Major
L. Janacek "Pohadka" for cello and piano
"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."
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!
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.
Klassik heute, 2010/07/28
"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."
Classical Music Sentinel, 2010/06/10
The Rite of Spring, version for solo piano
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."
Le Devoir, 2010/05/14
"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". (...)
"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