Wednesday 26 March 2014
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8.30pm
The Pharos Arts Foundation, with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Cyprus, presents a piano recital with Ishay Shaer. Considered one of the leading Israeli pianists of his generation and having earned great critical acclaim, Ishay Shaer has performed in numerous concerts throughout the world and has won prizes in several national and international competitions. For his recital in Cyprus, on Wednesday 26 March 2014, at The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm, Ishay Shaer will perf! orm works by Bach/Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and Bartók.
ISHAY SHAER / PIANO
"Shaer treats the composer's allusions by "reading" both the musical and the literary texts: Asking questions, providing answers, leading dialogues, meditating, narrating or being impulsively enthusiastic. Ideas that seem as though they develop at the very moment give his interpretation of the piece a persuasive originality".
Fritz Herzog, General-Anzeiger Bonn
Considered one of the leading Israeli pianists of his generation, Ishay Shaer has performed in numerous concerts throughout the world and has won both national and international prizes. Among other venues, he has given recitals and concerto performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, UK; Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Poland; deSingel Antwerp, Belgium; Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals, Pue! rto Rico; Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago in the USA; and Teatro Solis, Uruguay. His performances include broadcasts in radio stations in the USA, Switzerland, Scotland, Spain, South Africa and Israel, as well as concerts for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima (Peru), Sion Festival in Switzerland, Montreal Bach Festival in Canada, Swansea Festival of Music and Arts in the UK, Semanas Musicales de Frutillar in Chile, Dimitria Festival in Greece and Israel Festival.
Ishay Shaer was awarded the first prize in the 2006 Newport International Competition in the UK, and a year later, he won the third prize in the Silvio Bengalli International Piano Competition in Italy. During 2008, he was awarded three national competitions, among them the prestigious Clairmont prize. In 2009 he was a prize-winner at the International Beethoven Competition in Bonn, and performed with the renowned cellist Mischa Maisky.!
Ishay Shaer has collaborated as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra in Spain, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt in Germany and with the major Israeli orchestras, such as the Jerusalem Symphony and Haifa Symphony. In April 2011, he was called on a two days notice to substitute for Fazil Say with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. This led to six subsequent concerts in the orchestra's subscription series, four of them at Israel's main concert hall, the 2700-seat Mann Auditorium. Nearly six months later, he made his debut at the grand hall of the Tonhalle Zurich, performing with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, to earn critical acclaim in various media outlets, including the German magazine Das Orchester: "Embedded in the orchestral sound, almost overshined by playful joy, Ishay Shaer plays Concerto KV 488 in A Major expressively, with a differentiated touch, a soul deep articulation and a thri! lling phrasing. A storyteller who knows his Mozart well".
Robert Schumann: Novelette Op.21, No.8 in F-sharp minor
Claude Debussy: Images pour Piano, Set 1
J.S. Bach/Johannes Brahms: Chaconne for the left hand (arranged from violin partita No.2)
Béla Bartók: Out of Doors (Szabadban), suite for piano, Sz. 81
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101
€15 Adults / €10 Members of the Foundation, Concessions
Box Office: Tel. 7000-9304 (daily 9.30-11.30am) / www.pharostickets.org
Please keep in mind that due to road-works in Pendadaktylou Street, the best way to reach The Shoe Factory is from Famagusta Gate. Park your car around the area, and walk straight up Ektoros Road which is just opposite the Famagusta Gate. It is only a three minute walk and Ermou Street is an extension of Ektoros Road.