Alexandra Dovgan (piano)
Eva Gevorgyan (piano)
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Performances by Alexandra Dovgan and Eva Gevorgyan, regardless of all the apparent differences between the pianists’ individual personalities, are united by a common word: sensation. Both girls are wunderkinds, one younger and the other older, both have been prize-winners of a vast number of international competitions and both have developed careers that are incredible for their ages, appearing with the most fabled orchestras at the most prestigious festivals. And yet, is this really so incredible?
In the 20th and indeed in the 19th centuries the music world knew many such wunderkinds who experienced different fates. Behind the dazzling and highly polished surface of their biographies lies a titanic amount of work, the bitterness of disappointments and unbelievable psychological pressure. Without that, the art of any performer of any age is inconceivable.
Strong virtuoso gifts, phenomenal artistry, unchildish powers of endurance and an already-adult temperament will make the concerts with Eva and Alexandra one of the main events of the festival.
And, last but not least, behind both pianists there stand vivid, charismatic and experienced teachers: Natalia Trull (the teacher of Eva Gevorgyan) and Mira Marchenko (the teacher of Alexandra Dovgan).