St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Christian Blackshaw, Sergei Redkin (piano) and Valery Gergiev

Close of the XIV Mariinsky International Piano Festival

Christian Blackshaw (piano)
Sergei Redkin (piano), recipient of the 3rd prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition (2015)
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, KV 595

Dmitry Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35

A refined programme has been chosen to conclude the festival – Mozart’s final piano concerto and Shostakovich’s first piano concerto. Mozart’s Twenty-Seventh, the embodiment of “pure order” (as expressed by the musicologist Mikhail Druskin), will be performed by Christian Blackshaw, a pianist who unites two schools – the British and the St Petersburg. A refined style and ideal aesthetic taste – Blackshaw’s finest features – emerged in his interpretations of all of Mozart’s sonatas. It is with eagerness that we await “his word” in the Mozart Concerto.

Sergei Redkin, a student of the St Petersburg Piano School (class of Olga Kurnavina and Alexander Sandler), also studied as a composer under Alexander Mnatsakanian. This may be observed in his impeccably balanced, intelligent and refined interpretations of contemporary piano music – concerti by Shostakovich, Shchedrin, Prokofiev and Kapustin. So, even physically similar to a young Shostakovich, he will be performing this music absolutely authentically.

Age category 6+

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