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Ukrainian-born Violinist Tymur Melnyk plays at Saint John’s Smith Square

July 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Friday, 1 July 2016, 19:30


Saint John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA London


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Johannes Brahms : Sonata for Piano and Violin n°2 in A major Op. 100
Camille Saint-Saëns : Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in D minor Op.75
Franz Liszt : Grand Duo concertant sur la Romance de M. Lafont «Le Marin» S128 for Violin and Piano
Henryk Wieniawski : Thème original varié Op.15 for Violin and Piano

Musicians’ Bios:

Tymur Melnyk was born in Kiev into a musical family. When he was six years old he started learning violin from his mother, the Ukrainian violin virtuoso and teacher Hanna Melnyk. He was only fourteen when he was accepted into the class given by Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated in 2009 with distinction and with an honorary prize from the Ministry of Culture. Other important influences have come from master classes he has taken with Pavel Vernikov, Vladimir Spivakov, Zakhar Bron, Evgenia Tchougaeva, and Ivry Gitlis. Melnyk has won numerous competitions: in 2007, out of 800 participants, he took the Grand Prix at the Osaka International Music Competition in Japan; in 2009 he garnered second prize as well as the audience prize at the Brahms Competition in Pörtschach in 2009; and in 2010 he received a special prize at the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna. Even since then Melnyk, who became an Austrian citizen in 2008, has concertized as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Canada, Japan, Russia, and China. He plays in a violin duo with the Russian violinist Ekaterina Frolova. His portrait CD Tymur, which includes works by such composers as Sarasate, de Falla, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Kreisler, was released in 2013 on the German label Querstand. Melnyk is moreover in demand as a teacher: he teaches at the Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna and gives international master classes. He additionally serves on the selection committee for competitions in Slovenia, Italy, and Serbia. Tymur Melnyk plays a violin built by Vincenzo Ventapane in 1756, which he has been loaned by the Austrian National Bank.

Vesselin Stanev was born in Varna, Bulgaria. At the age of ten he began his training at the Music Academy of his native city, transferring in 1981 to the Academy of Music in Sofia. Starting in 1983 he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he obtained his soloist diploma in 1988. He subsequently went to Paris to study with Alexis Weissenberg; from 1992 to 1995 he took classes for advanced students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. In London Peter Feuchtwanger became a mentor from whom he has gained valuable inspiration.Within a short timespan Vesselin Stanev earned an outstanding reputation as a musician, as attested by his distinctions at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and at the Concours Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud.Vesselin Stanev’s career has taken him to such major concert venues in Europe as Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as to the Nordic countries, Southeastern Europe, Russia, and Japan. He has enjoyed successful collaborations with such conductors as Paul Daniel, Alexander Lazarev, Hubert Soudant, David Zinman, and others. He also performs regularly as a chamber musician in a duo with the violinist Ekaterina Frolova.Vesselin Stanev has recorded six CDs for the Bulgarian label Gega New including works by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. His first CD for Sony Classical comprises early works by Alexander Scriabin. For the RCA label he has also made two recording projects of music by Franz Liszt: the “Etudes d’exécution transcendante” in 2010 and, in 2014, a program titled “Music and Myth.”

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July 1, 2016
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Saint John’s Smith Square
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