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Feb 20 - Violin and Piano Recital at the Shoe Factory Nicosia

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Wednesday 20 February 2013
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8.30pm

In her early twenties the Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, winner of the 2008 Montréal International Music Competition, belongs to the promising generation of today’s fine pianists. The Independent praised her playing as “compulsive, emotional yet remarkably ‘complete’ for such a young musician – sensitive, unaffected, genuine.’’ Nareh will team up with Hyeyoon Park, who at the age of just 20, has emerged as one of the most promising violinists of her generation, having received numerous prizes and awards. For their recital at The! Shoe Factory on 20 February 2013, Nareh Arghamanyan and Hyeyoon Park will perform works by Beethoven, Ravel, Szymanowski and Prokofiev.


“Arghamanyan's playing is compulsive, emotional yet remarkably ‘complete’ for such a young musician – sensitive, unaffected, genuine.’’ The Independent

In her early twenties the Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, winner of the 2008 Montréal International Music Competition, belongs to the promising generation of today’s fine pianists.

Nareh Arghamanyan’s first European season in 2011/12 included remarkable debuts with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Wiener KammerOrchester. Her recitals including the Tonhalle Zurich and the Berliner Philharmonie prompted enthusiastic reactions, the Neue Züricher Zeitung wrote: “Nareh Arghamanyan impressed with wonderfully sparkling articulation, imaginative dynamic shaping and a convincing dialogue between bass and melody.”

Continuing the success, the 2012/13 season sees Nareh Arghamanyan’s debuts with the Tonhalleorchester Zurich and Neville Marriner in Saint Saens’ Second Piano Concertο, supported by the Orpheum Foundation Zurich, and with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly in Bach’s Concertos for three pianos. She will give her Nordic debuts with the Oslo Opera Orchestra and Kirill Karabits in Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto and with the Norrkoping Symphony and their new Chief Conductor Michael Francis in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Other orchestras include the Brandenburgisches and Berner Symphonieorchester. She collaborates with conductors such as Christian Arming, James Gaffigan, Michael Seal, Carl St Clair, Kazuki Yamada, Xian Zhang and Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

In recital, Arghamanyan will give her Wigmore Hall debut with violinist Hyeyoon Park. With Park she also will also return to other prestigious venues such as the Tonhalle Zurich. Recent festival appearances included the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Davos Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Festival de Lanaudière and the prestigious Marlboro Festival. Across the Atlantic Nareh Arghamanyan will return to New York for a recital at the Lincoln Centre. Moreover she appears at the Boston Gardner Museum Concerts and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Orchestras include the Columbus Symphony, following her debuts with the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies as well as the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

In April 2012, Nareh Arghamanyan released her debut recording with solo works by Rachmaninov for the Dutch label Pentatone. This is followed by a Liszt concerto disc with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Alain Altinoglu in Autumn 2012. Previously, the Analekta label released a disc of the Rachmaninov Second Sonata and Liszt B minor Sonata to great acclaim.

Nareh Arghamanyan has won an impressive number of awards, including the 1st Prize at the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, the 2nd Prize at the 2007 Jose Roca International Competition in Valencia and the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition Vienna.

Born in Armenia, she has played the piano since the age of five. Three years later she began her studies with Alexander Gurgenov at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan. In 2004, she was the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and chamber music still with Avedis Kouyoumdjan. Since 2010, she continues her piano studies with Arie Vardi in Hannover.


“You have winners, and you have future stars. Hyeyoon Park is among the latter, the discovery of this year’s competition.” Münchner Merkur

At the age of just 20, Hyeyoon Park has eme! rged as one of the most promising violinists of her generation. She just received the prestigious London Music Masters Award 2012-2015. Prior to that she received the London Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2011, and at just 17, she was awarded the First Prize along with two special prizes at the 58th ARD International Music Competition 2009 in Munich, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition.

Hyeyoon Park made her orchestra debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, hr Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mariinsky-Theatre St. Petersburg and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. In spring 2010 she has been on a Japan-Tour with the RSO Stuttgart of SWR under Sir Roger Norrington.

Highlights of her upcoming concert appearances include her debuts at the Mo! ntreal Symphony Orchestra and at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Among others she will be giving concerts with the RSO Stuttgart of SWR, Radio-symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. Along with numerous recitals in Germany and Japan she will give her debut at London Wigmore Hall and Tonhalle Zurich.

At the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, Hyeyoon Park gives her debut at the prestigious Marlboro Festival in summer 2013. She appears regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician at international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musical Olympus and Les Violons de la Paix. She has performed with Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Alban Gerhardt, Antje Weithaas and Jan Vogler.

Her exceptional talent has been demonstrated by other numerous national and international prizes. At the age of six, she was awarded the Grand Prize at the Hankookilbo Competit! ion in Korea. In 2007, she won the first prize at the 5th International Louis Spohr Competition in Weimar, Germany along with the Best Interpretation of Paganini Caprice Prize. She additionally received the Prince of Hesse prize from Kronberg Violin Master-classes 2009.

Born in 1992 in Seoul, South Korea, Hyeyoon Park started to play the violin at the age of four and began to study at the Pre-College of Korean National University of Arts two years later. In 2003, she started studying with Piotr Milewski in the Precollege of College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati in the U.S., and since 2006, she has studied at the Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" with Antje Weithaas in Berlin. Since 2010, Hyeyoon Park has been studying as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff. These studies are funded by the Nikolas Gruber Stipendium. She has taken master-classes with Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Zakhar Bron and Thomas Brandis.

Since 2008, H! yeyoon Park plays the Lorenzo Storioni violin (Cremona, 1781) on kind loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No.5, in F major, Op.24 (''Spring-Sonata'')
Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major
Karol Szymanowski 3 Myths, for Violin and Piano, Op.30
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2, in D major, Op.94

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