QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE
NELLY AKOPIAN-TAMARINA, piano
Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Schumann: Arabesque, Op.18
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Brahms: Klavierstücke Op.76
Following her recent critically acclaimed Brahms album for Pentatone, the Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina makes a welcome return to the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Born in Moscow, one of the last students of the legendary Alexander Goldenweiser, she carries on an illustrious line of Russian Romanticism going back to Anton Rubinstein and Liszt.
This is a rare opportunity to hear a connoisseur’s artist from a bygone era, excelling in repertory for which she has received the highest international recognition.
In 1963, while still a student at the Moscow Conservatoire, she won the Gold Medal at the Zwickau Schumann International Competition. In 1974 she was awarded the coveted Robert Schumann Prize. Formerly Soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonie, her early Soviet recordings for Melodiya – including Chopin’s Preludes Op 28 and the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra – have become collectors’ items.
Her accounts of the Schumann Fantasy and Brahms Op 117 Intermezzi are available in Brilliant Classics’ Legendary Russian Pianists collection. Her Pentatone Brahms CD, featuring the Handel Variations and Ballades, was released in 2017.
“The piano sound made by Nelly Akopian-Tamarina was not only distinctive, but almost tangible … intense performer liberty, with a playing tradition going back to the giants of the past, to Rachmaninov, Moiseiwitsch, Scriabin and what we imagine of Liszt … a fragile, poetic creation in every fold of her dress and with each flick of the wrist” – The Sunday Times.
“enchanting, intimate, irresistible” The Guardian