YSM pianists participate in Rubinstein Competition

Yevgeny Yontov. Photo by Grace Song

Two YSM students are competing at the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pianist Yevgeny Yontov ’14MM, who’s currently a DMA candidate studying with Boris Berman, is scheduled to perform a first-round recital of works by Haydn and Debussy on Saturday, April 29. And pianist Szymon Nehring, an incoming artist diploma candidate who’ll also be studying with Prof. Berman, is slated to perform an opening-round program of music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Szymanowski on Sunday, April 30.

The competition’s second and final rounds are scheduled to take place in the first week and a half of May and require each of those who advance to present a recital program of different pieces than they performed in the first round, along with chamber music and concertos. Thirty-one competitors are vying for medals, cash prizes, the chance to perform a string of concerts in Israel, Europe, Asia, and North America, and recording opportunities. The competition is a program of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. MORE

Published April 28, 2017
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Fifteen-year-old pianist Niu Niu performs Sept. 23

“…Intense lyricism and an uncanny insight.”
– Financial Times

The Yale School of Music presents the teenage piano star Niu Niu in a special concert on Sunday, September 23 at 5 pm. The 15-year-old pianist, hailed not only for his virtuosity but for the elegance and sensitivity of his playing, will perform music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Liszt.

“It is a concert no one should miss,” said Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music. The event is free and open to the public.

Niu Niu will open the recital with two sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti: the Sonata in E Major, K. 380, and Sonata in A minor, K. 54. Next he will be play Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata in F minor, Op. 57. The concert, which will be performed without intermission, concludes with three pieces by Franz Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod (piano transcription of the closing scene from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde); Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat major; and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1.

Niu Niu studies at the New England Conservatory with Hung-Kuan Chen, who is a faculty member of both NEC and the Yale School of Music.

“Piano is much more exciting than Xbox to me,” said young Niu Niu in an interview with the Shenzhen Daily. “Computer games are virtual, and no matter how well you play a game, it’s pretend. Music is different. When you play the piano, experience the music and feel the nuances of mood, tempo, color and texture, everything is real.” MORE

Published September 12, 2012
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