Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Alexander Romanovsky, piano
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Doors open at 2 p.m.
There will be no Preview Talk for this matinee performance.
The concert will be performed without intermission.
Pianist Alexander Romanovsky returns to the stage with one of Beethoven’s most beloved works—his Fifth Piano Concerto, “Emperor.” From sheer beauty to dazzling grandeur, the “Emperor” requires extreme virtuosity from its soloist, making it an ideal centerpiece in the hands of the talented Romanovsky.
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Described by Carlo Maria Giulini as “extraordinarily gifted,” pianist Alexander Romanovsky is a riveting, distinct and subtle performer with an utterly engaging voice. Born in Ukraine in 1984, at the age of thirteen Alexander moved to Italy where he studied at the Imola Piano Academy with Leonid Margarius, considered by Alexander to be the most influential figure in his musical formation, and later obtained the Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Dmitry Alexeev. At the age of seventeen, he won First Prize at the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy.
Praised by The New York Times as “special, not just an extraordinary technicians with a flair for color and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid interpreter,” Alexander graces many of the world’s most prestigious stages in recital. Recent highlights include performances at the Main hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Tokyo’s Asahi and Kioi halls, Chile’s Teatro Municipal; Sala Verdi at Milan’s Conservatorio and the Teatro Olimpico in Rome.
Romanovsky regularly performs with major orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and The Americas including the UK’s Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, Hallé and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras; Italy’s Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala; Russia’s Mariinsky and Russian National orchestras and St. Petersburg and National philharmonics; Japan’s Tokyo and NHK symphony orchestras; Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival; and with the New York Philharmonic, under Alan Gilbert, at the Bravo! Vail Festival. He collaborates at a very high level with conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Michael Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Antonio Pappano, Gianandrea Noseda and James Conlon. Alexander performs extensively throughout Italy, where he has lived since early childhood. In 2007, he was invited to give a concert at the Papal Residence in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI in celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s birth.
Since 2007, he has released four critically acclaimed albums on Decca: Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Brahms/Schumann, Rachmaninov: Etudes-Tableaux and Corelli Variations, and most recently Russian Faust. Alexander Romanovsky has held the post of Artistic Director of the Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition since 2014.