Alina Smirnova and Alexei Tartakovsky Online Piano Recital

by Francesco Comito

September 27


09:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Артистический Центр Ямаха

Леонтьевский переулок, 11

Moscow, Russia, 125009

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The next musicians that we are presenting are Alina Smirnova and Alexei Tartakovsky, who will be playing on SUNDAY, 27TH OF September.

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Thank you to Yamaha Artist Services of Moscow for the use of their space and wonderful instruments.


Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 1 in G minor (Fantaisie-tableaux), op. 5
I. Barcarolle
II. La nuit… L’amour… (Night… Love…)
III. Les Larmes (Tears)
IV. Paques (Easter)

Recorded and produced by Fedor Amosov

Alina Smirnova:

Described as “thrilling” and “with great verve” in the German newspapers Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung and Wiesbadener Kurier, Russian pianist Alina Smirnova is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of today’s most versatile young artists.

At age twelve, Smirnova made her solo recital debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and, a year later, her orchestral debut there in Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto. Since then, she has become a laureate of numerous national and international competitions and recipient of grants including the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, II Tallinn International Piano Competition, the Heinrich Neuhaus Competition, Muses of the World Competition, the Vladimir Spivakov Fund Scholarship, and grant of the Prefect of the Moscow Central District.

Smirnova concertizes extensively both in Russia and abroad (Germany, the USA, France, Japan, Estonia, among others) as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and with orchestra. The latter have included the Kremlin Orchestra, the Concert Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra, “Musica Viva” Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Estonia. Her immense repertoire and experience have also brought her into great demand as a chamber music partner in both the instrumental and vocal genres. Smirnova has not only performed and recorded in Moscow’s main concert halls the established staples of the repertoire, such as the complete Winterreise, both of Brahms’s cello sonatas, Rachmaninoff’s Moments Musicaux, Etudes-tableaux, and complete two-piano works, but also is passionate in her exploration of lesser-known and rarely-performed compositions. These include Schumann’s Kerner-Lieder (Russian premiere), Smirnova’s own transcription of Bach’s C minor Passacaglia and Fugue, and her own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for two pianos and percussion.

Smirnova’s playing has been broadcast on both Russian and Estonian radio (Radio Orpheus, Radio of Russia, Estonian National Radio). Alina’s solo and chamber recital activities have brought her to some of world’s most renowned concert stages, such as the Bolshoi Theatre, the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and Schloss Johannisberg in Germany.

A native Muscovite, Alina completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Moscow Conservatory with honors. She is currently on the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory as a collaborative
pianist and teacher.

Alexei Tartakovsky:

Called a “fantastic musician and pianist” by Martha Argerich and “truly exceptional…superb playing…a thoughtful and serious musician” by the New York Concert Review, Russian-American pianist Alexei Tartakovsky is one of the most promising young virtuoso talents of his generation. His tonal palette, profound musicianship, superb technique and exciting artistic approach have thrilled audiences worldwide.

He first brought attention to his artistry by winning three top prizes in a one year span (2006-2007) at the Rolf and Brigitte Gardey International Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida, The New York Piano Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) in New York, which resulted in his performing at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall).

Immediately after, he became a laureate of the James Mottram International Competition in Manchester (UK) and received 1st prize at the Heida Hermanns International Competition in Westport, Connecticut, which he won with unanimous decision by the judges, who called him a “phenomenal, first rate pianist” and “a monumental talent”. Additional prizes include 1st prize at the New York Concert Artists International Competition in 2011. In 2012, he swept all three prizes at the San Jose International Competition: 1st Prize, Audience Prize, and prize for the best performance of a Russian work.

Since then, he has given concerts both solo and with orchestra in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Europe, China, and Japan at halls that include the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, and Carnegie Hall. His playing has been broadcast on Dutch Radio 4, Polish Radio 2, Russian Radio Orpheus, and New York’s WQXR. Among the orchestras Tartakovsky has performed with are the Jacksonville Symphony, the North Czech Philharmonic, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Voronezh Concert Hall (Russia). Conductors Tartakovsky has collaborated with include Gerard Schwarz, Fabio Mechetti, Nurhan Arman, Maurice Peress, Yuri Androsov, and Clark Rundell.

A highlight of his career was his outstanding performance at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, where he was a semifinalist. In 2016, Tartakovsky was awarded the French Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Among the musicians he has studied with are Matti Raekallio, Nina Lelchuk, Boris Slutsky, Boris Berman, and Horacio Gutierrez. Tartakovsky completed his undergraduate studies at Juilliard and Queens College (CUNY), received his Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. He is currently pursuing his doctorate with Richard Goode at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was awarded the coveted Graduate Center Fellowship.

Tartakovsky currently teaches at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and maintains a private studio in the New York City area.

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