On Thursday 22nd of May, Medtner Day, the first in the UK one-day long festival dedicated to the artistic output of Russian pianist-composer Nikolay Medtner will take place. Musicians from Guildhall School of Music and Drama will be performing solo piano works, songs and chamber music by this enigmatic composer. Having lived in England for the last 16 years of his life, Medtner was well known in the UK through his performances at the Proms and his recordings for the BBC and HMV. The underlying idea of Medtner Day in 2014 is to bring the attention of modern day audiences back to this outstanding artist.
The programme for the Day:
1pm – lunchtime concert
3pm – masterclass by Hamish Milne (RAM)
5:45pm – pre-concert talk by Francis Pott (University of West London)
7pm – evening concert (to include Piano Quintet, Sonata tragica, selection of Tales, songs and Russian Round Dance for two pianos).
Admission is free and no tickets are required. This event is curated by City University DMA student Alexander Karpeyev whose research focuses on performance practise in Medtner. Further information is available here.