Sorabji’s Toccata seconda CD released this month

My first album, a double CD with the world premiere recording of the work Toccata seconda per pianoforte by Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji (1892-1988) is being released this month by Piano Classics. This is one of the most beautiful, accessible works by this enigmatic composer and a perfect introduction to his music. More info at the Piano Classics website here.

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Interview in the Ritmo magazine (March 2019)

This month’s issue of the Spanish musical magazine Ritmo publishes an interview with me, in which I speak about less frequent repertoires, composers that interest me – Sorabji of course -, my past life as a research scientist, among other topics. (Apologies to non-Spanish speakers – I may post a translation of it when I get a little time.) I hope you enjoy reading it!

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Sorabji at the Conservatorio “Teresa Berganza” (14/03/2019)

There will be another performance of Sorabji’s Toccata seconda per pianoforte next month in Madrid:

14 March 2019, 11:30 am
Auditorium, Conservatorio “Teresa Berganza”
C/ Palmípedo, 3 (Madrid)

Admission is free (but seats are limited).

Here is an extract from my previous performance at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford, the first movement “Preludio-Toccata”.

Sorabji in Oxford (27 January 2019)

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I will perform Kaikhosru Sorabji’s Toccata seconda per pianoforte for the second time on 27 January 2019, 7 p.m., at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (St Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK). This will be part of an afternoon of concerts celebrating Sorabji’s music, beginning with a piano and voice recital by soprano Betty Makharinsky and pianist Jonathan Powell – who will also perform several solo piano works – followed by the first UK performance of Toccata seconda since the composer himself premièred it in Glasgow in 1936 at what was going to be his last public appearance as a pianist.

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Sorabji – Toccata seconda

In 2019 I will be performing the work Toccata seconda per pianoforte by Kaikhosru Sorabji (1892-1988), an English composer of Indian ancestry who wrote some of the longest, most complex – and certainly most fascinating – works in the piano repertoire. Toccata seconda (1934) is a two-and-a-half-hour-long work that has been performed in concert only twice before – the first time by Sorabji himself – and is therefore a true rarity of piano literature.

I will play this work for the first time in Spain in Sala Eutherpe (León) on January 12, 2019, starting at 8.00 pm (not at 7.00 pm!). More information here (in Spanish only). Continue reading

Recital at the “Bulgaria” Chamber Hall (Sofia) – October 7th, 2017, 19:00 h

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On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, beginning at 19:00 h, I will give a recital at the Bulgaria Chamber Hall in Sofia. Bulgaria Hall is the home to the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the main concert hall in Sofia. The program will feature five works from the modern repertoire – or, rather, four major works and an outsider – linked by the invisible thread of magic, mystery and mysticism: a masterpiece of expressionistic suspense, the spectral chords of Murail’s magic mandrake, Scriabin’s purest musical ceremony, a forgotten colossus brought back to life, and a tale by Edgar A. Poe turned into a dodecaphonic chaconne… Continue reading

Alexander Scriabin competition and centenary

This summer I was awarded the First Prize in the piano competition “Alexander Scriabin” celebrated during the Mozarteum International Summer Academy 2015 in Salzburg. This event focused monographically on the music of Alexander Scriabin on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death. The competition took place on Tuesday, August 4 at the Grosses Studio of the Mozarteum University, and the award ceremony was held on Friday, August 7 at the same venue followed by a concert performed by the three prizewinners (Jin-Hyeon Lee, Yunus Herrmann and myself).

Also as a tribute to the great Russian composer, I also recently performed Scriabin’s complete piano sonatas in two recitals at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. I am currently seeking to arrange further performances throughout the world. Should you be interested in having the complete cycle performed at your institution or venue, please contact me and I will be very pleased to discuss the format and details of the concert(s).