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Russian pianist Ekaterina Derzhavina performs at Yale Mar. 28

“…A real celebration of musical thought.”
–Saratov SP (Russia)

The Yale School of Music presents a special recital at the Whitney Humanities Center by the eminent Russian pianist Ekaterina Derzhavina on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Critics describe Derzhavina’s skill as “phantasmal and musical” (Westfälische Rundschau) and as "a real celebration of musical thought" (Saratov SP).

Acclaimed in Europe as one of the finest pianists of her generation, Derzhavina is a First Prize winner of the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Germany. Her recording of Bach's Goldberg Varations received the 1999 Choc du Monde de la Musique award in Paris. The German label Profil recently released her nine-CD set of Haydn's complete piano sonatas.

Derzhavina will perform a diverse program of music by Alban Berg, Joseph Haydn, Olivier Messiaen, and Franz Schubert. The concert opens with Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1, in which the traditional sonata form is clouded by unstable chromatic tonality, followed by Haydn’s Variations in A major, Hob. XVII:2.

Derzhavina will then perform selections from Messiaen’s deeply spiritual Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus, a highlight of the composer's early period. The evening will close with Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Op. 142.

This concert takes place at 8 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St). Admission is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Artist

Ekaterina Derzhavina was born in Moscow in 1967 and began her piano training at the age of six, as a student of Yuri Polunin. At age 14 she was admitted into the Gnessins Music School in Moscow, where she studied with Valeria Polunina; at age19 she entered the Moscow Gnessins Academy of Music, studying with Prof. Vladimir Tropp. From 1993 to 2006, Ms. Derzhavina taught piano at the Gnessins Music Academy. Since 2003 she has been teaching at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Among her early success in piano competitions include Third Prize and the special prize for best interpretation of a Romantic work at the All-Russian Piano Competition in 1989, and First Prize at the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Saarbrücken, Germany in 1992, for her performance of the Goldberg Variations. Her recording of the Goldberg Variations was released in 1996, to rave reviews, and received the Choc Award from the French journal Le monde de la Musique (1999). More recent are a disc in collaboration with soprano Catherine Nick and music of Nicolai Medtner. She recorded the complete Haydn sonatas for Saarbrücken Radio.

Ms. Derzhavina has given concerts throughout Europe and in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Canada, and the United States. She has likewise performed at several international music festivals, including the Mosel Festwochen and Thüringer Bach Wochen in Germany, the International Festival of Lanaudière in Canada, the Nantes Festival in France, and the Bratislava Music Festival in Slovakia.