Piano Recital by Rafael Luszczewski - Concert
Sunday, 15 November 2015 from 19:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Polish artist, Raphael Luszczewski, made his international debut at the age of 16 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Today, after 20 years of his fruitful career, he belongs to the most renowned artists of his generation, performing successfully in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Middle East, Asia and South Africa and gathering the highest acclaim from the enraptured audience and music critics. Since 2001 listed as a Steinway Artist on the "Steinway & Sons Artists' Roster" in New York, featuring the world's finest pianists.
He will start the evening with Paderewski's "Cracovienne Fantastique" that will be followed by a guest performance of ‘Spieszmy Się’ ("Love Now") by Yati Durant for soprano and pianoforte that is a turbulent and expressive musical interpretation of Jan Twardowski's famous poem, in which one should never wait until it's too late to tell your loved one how you feel. The composition was first premiered in 2007 at the Bechstein America Piano Centre in New York City. This will be the European Premiere.
Raphael Luszczewski will then continue his recital of Polish music.
I.J. Paderewski: Cracovienne Fantastique
Y.Durant : Prelude & Song 'Love Now' performed with Magdalena Durant - the European Premiere
F.Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66
Barcarolle in F sharp minor Op.60
Berceuse in D flat major Op.57
Polonaise in A major, Op.40 "Military"
M.de Falla: Two Spanish Dances from the ballet "La Vida Breve"
G. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Yati Durant is a U.S. born composer, lecturer, trumpeter and conductor currently based in the UK.
His first music studies in piano, composition and trumpet began at age 7, earning him many regional prizes and accolades, especially as a jazz musician. In the early 1990’s, he co-founded the experimental jazz ensemble Honey Junkie and directed his own large jazz band The Yati Durant Project Band, composing every piece for each concert. His efforts led to commissions co-funded by the National Endowment of the Arts with Old Town Tribute in 1996. His studies continued with Portland trumpeter Thara Memory before moving to New York, where he began a successful stint as a TV and film music composer.
After receiving a commission from The Juilliard School for his string symphony The Ship, he began studies in composition at the State Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany with Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer. Yati holds several diplomas under Krzysztof Meyer, as well as an Electronic Composition diploma under Hans Ulrich Humpert. His critically acclaimed new score to Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film The Battleship Potemkin earned him a prestigious first Meisterklasse Konzertexam in 2006. He has also studied with George Crumb, Philip Lasser, Narcis Bonet, Lee Konitz and conducting with Jonathan Brett.
Since 2010, Yati is Lecturer of Music, Sound and Moving Image at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra. He is Co-Director of the European Education Alliance for Music and Sound in Media at Soundtrack Cologne.
His compositions and films have received many prizes from International festivals, including a 3rd Pl. Panorama Public Prize at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival for Erika Rabau – Der Puck von Berlin and a BAFA National Commerce Film Award nomination for the WDR/ARD documentary Ein Klavier geht um die Welt. He is a finalist of the 2009 Concorso Giovani Musicisti Europei in Aosta, Italy with his score to C. Chaplin’s The Vagabond. His contemporary compositions have been performed in New York, Seattle, Berlin, Edinburgh, Cologne and Sao Paolo, released on CD and DVD by Film Dienst/Normal Records, Filmmuseum München and he remains an active performer of jazz, with regular appearances and recordings throughout Europe and USA.
Presented in collaboration with Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
When & Where
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh