World famous piano star Evgeni Bozhanov will give a first solo recital after six years at Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall on the 21stof November. Kaunas and Klaipėdaaudiences will have a unique possibility to hear his solo appearance for the first time on the 20thof November at Kaunas Philharmonic Hall and on the 23rdof November at Klaipėda Concert Hall. Bozhanov will present his new program with Beethoven “Moonlight sonata”, Ravel La valse and Schubert piano sonata No. 21.
- November 20, 2018 6:00pm
Kaunas Philharmonic Hall
- November 21, 2018 7:00pm
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall
- November 23, 2018 6:30pm
Klaipėda Concert Hall
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata Nr. 14 op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight sonata)
Maurice Ravel: La valse
Franz Schubert: Sonata No. 21 D. 960
Pianist Evgeni Bozhanov – one of the greatest discoveries in the classical music world over the past decade. Dallas Morning News marks: “Evgeni Bozhanov can produce more nuances of tone in a measure of music than most pianists find in a lifetime, but everything seems so organic.”Today he is invited to perform to all major concert halls, such as Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall among others. In 2017/2018 he gave recitals in Milano, Palermo and Bratislava. He appeared at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the Philharmonia under the baton of Juraj Valcuha, with the Tonkünstler Orchester and conductor Yutaka Sado at the Wiener Musikverein as well as with the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava and the Haydn Orchester in Bolzano. He accomplished his fifth Japan tour and his return to the United States playing a recital in Miami and concerts with the Houston Symphony.
Bozhanov won prizes at most important piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. “One by one jury members stopped moving, stopped writing and became absorbed like spectators at a bonfire and simply sat back, watched and listened to this extraordinary outpouring of a supremely individual musical conception.”– wrote musical critic Michael Moran from Australia, who was following Van Cliburn competition.
Although Bozhanov was one of the clear audience favorites at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in October 2010, he was not awarded the top prize, which led to a controversial debate in the Polish press and spontaneous invitations from the major Polish concert promoters and orchestras. Bozhanov’s playing elicits keenly enthusiastic reactions from audiences and critics alike.“I never thought I would witness piano playing of this quality again,” exclaimed an elderly lady in Warsaw. “I heard Lipatti, Horowitz, Michelangeli in concert – Bozhanov is from the same planet.” “He is a true artist, so different from other pianists. He is a painter. So many colors and dynamics in his playing. Master!”– wrote other listener.
Evgeni Bozhanov was born in 1984 in Rousse, Bulgaria and began piano lessons at the age of six. He made his public debut in his hometown when he was twelve, playing a Mozart piano concerto. From 2001 to 2006, Bozhanov studied with Boris Bloch at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen and from 2006 he continued his studies with Georg Friedrich Schenck at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.