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Pavel Kolesnikov

Tue 1 Feb 19:30

SJE Arts International Piano Series 2022

‘Homage à Proust’


Schubert Piano Sonata in G major, D 894 (Movement 1)
Couperin Unmeasured prelude in G minor
Hahn Les deux écharpes
Suite of waltzes by Schubert and Hahn
Fauré Nocturne in E minor, Op.107
Couperin Sarabande No.110 in A minor


Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Hahn Ouranos
Schubert Piano Sonata in G major, D894 (Movements 2-4)


Marcel Proust (1871-1922) loved music – it flowed through his books; composers and musicians were amongst his closest friends. In Proust’s anniversary year, Pavel Kolesnikov pays homage with a programme that explores, and goes beyond, fin de siècle Paris salon life. It looks also into the world of Proust’s imagination and draws on a connection with Schubert, the ability they shared to stretch and play with the concept of time. In Pavel’s words, “Here everything – Schubert, the French late romantic and Proust – merges in a miraculous way.”

Born in Siberia, Pavel Kolesnikov claimed international attention in 2012 when he became Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition. He has since performed worldwide and has gained a reputation as a supremely intelligent, imaginative and sensitive player. In 2020/2021 his focus was Bach’s Goldberg Variations with a critically acclaimed recording for Hyperion, a performance at the BBC Proms and a fascinating project with the Rosas Dance Company, performing the Variations in combination with the company’s founder, choreographer and dancer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.


‘Very few pianists of Kolesnikov’s generation share his abundance of intelligence, sensitivity, musicality, imagination, and sheer instrumental mastery.’
Patrick Rucker, Gramophone, April 2018


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Tue 1 Feb


SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH