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“Piano Nights” in Bastia and Erbalonga

Music is my childhood explains Patrice Moracchini, initiator and artistic director of the event. Rocked by music, Patrice Moracchini, a native of Orezza, took piano lessons very early, notably at the Geneva Conservatory. Settled in Paris, he will then give many concerts there. In 2012, he decided to share his passion with his island. ” I first wanted to produce concerts at the convent in Erbalunga, a magnificent setting. Then we discovered the green theater of the village and the adventure began. Through this cultural event we want to develop careers with choices of artists well beyond our borders. It is a festival that wants to be apart from other festivals with an edition in Paris of 5 concerts a year at the Salle Cortot and then an edition, in summer, in Corsica. We want synergy between the capital and the island. This is what gives a single identity at the festival“. If the pandemic that has raged in recent times has sometimes left the pianos without notes, the 2022 edition promises to be beautiful with artists of great talent. ” We returned to our DNA which is the piano. We have not denied ourselves. The pianists who will perform are all very great artists who may not play much in France but who are known internationally. These concerts have been programmed thanks to the aid of the Corsican Community and the town hall of Brando. With the hindsight of previous years, we realize that 70% of the public is Corsican and comes with confidence”. Rare fact, despite the current crisis, concert prices have remained the same since the beginning and are always free for children under 12. “We also plan to do Master Classes here, lots of projects with young people “.

The program*
Wednesday July 27
9:15 p.m. at the Palace of the Governors of Bastia
Anna Tsybuleva

  • Polonaise in C major, Op.89 by Beethoven
  • Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor op.5 by Johannes BRHAMS
  • Scherzo n° 1 in B minor op.20
  • Nocturne n° 1 in B flat minor op.9
  • Nocturne No. 2 in D flat major op.27
  • Impromptu fantasy
  • Waltz in E minor op posth B.56
  • Polonaise in A flat major op.53 by Frédéric Chopin

Born in 1990, Anna Tsybuleva grew up in Nizhny Arkhyz, a small village of 500 inhabitants, in Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Russian Republic”, presents P. Moracchini. “After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 2014, Anna Tsybuleva continued her studies with Claudio Martinez-Mehner at the Basel Conservatory. During these years, she deepened her passion for the Romantic repertoire and won the Leeds International Competition in 2015 with the interpretation of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. She has since developed her international career while continuing her postgraduate studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In recital, Tsybuleva has appeared on the greatest international stages, such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Wigmore Hall in London. In concerto, his highlights have been marked by performances with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. She works regularly with chefs like Sir Mark Elder, Michal Nesterowicz, Vladimir Spivakov and Joshua Weilerstein. Anna Tsybuleva is in great demand in Asia. She found herself in the spotlight in 2015 when she won first prize in the Leeds Competition in England. She is now a regular on the biggest stages in the world “.

Friday July 29
9:15 p.m. Palace of the Governors of Bastia
Florian Noack

  • 24 Preludes op.28 by Frédéric Chopin
  • Excerpt from the 12 Etudes of Transcendent Execution op.11
  • Lullaby in F sharp major
  • Ronde des Sylphes in G major
  • Storm in C sharp major by Sergei Lyapunov
  • The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
  • The Tale of Prince Kalender
  • The Young Prince and the Young Princess by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

After studying at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, then at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with the pianist and composer Vassily Lobanov, Florian Noack was able to navigate with great intelligence and insatiable curiosity, a little-played repertoire that recently won a Diapason d’Or for his recording of Lyapunov’s twelve Etudes in Transcendent Performance. In addition, he wrote a large number of transcriptions and paraphrases, notably Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake or Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. A singular artist to discover, a disconcerting ease of play always guided by a musical intention “.

Sunday July 31
9:15 p.m. Open-air theater
Severin von Eckardstein

  • Sonata in A major op.50 n°1 by Muzio CLEMENTI
  • Variations on a theme by Schumann op.9 by Johannes BRAHMS
  • Skazki – Fairy tales op.34
  • No. 2: Allegro cantabile e leggiero
  • No. 3: Allegro tenebroso
  • n°4: Molto sostenuto e semplice by Nikolaï MEDTNER
  • Kresleriana op.16 by Robert SCHUMANN

Born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1978, this pianist has won numerous prizes at major international competitions, such as Ferruccio Busoni in Bozen in 1998, the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2000 and José Iturbi in Valencia in 2002. He has also won the ARD competition in Munich in 1999 as well as the grand prize of the Queen Elisabeth International Competition of Belgium in Brussels in 2003. On several occasions, he received a special prize for the “best interpretation of contemporary music. A singular personality in the piano world, this artist is undeniably one of today’s great pianists. An intimate poet, he also possesses an exceptional mastery of the keyboard in the noble sense of the term. His very strong personality asserts itself through a game devoid of any mannerism and a rare elegance. Whether it’s Schubert’s twilight D 960 or short pieces by Brahms, he draws from the depths of music the incandescence of passion and the transcendence necessary for its expression. He distils in his interpretations a true art of flexibility and rubato “.

Tuesday August 2
9:15 p.m. Open-air theater
Martin James Bartlett

  • Chorale “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian BACH / Ferruccio BUSONI
  • Chorale “Jesus may my joy remain” BWV 147 by Jean-Sébastien BACH
  • Suite in A minor: Gavotte and six doubles by Jean-Philippe RAMEAU
  • Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major
  • Hob XVI: 46 by Joseph HAYDN
  • Tristan and Isolde, WWV90: Liebestodt by Richard WAGNER/LISTZ
  • Deep River by Julian JOSEPH
  • Troubled Water by Margaret Bonds
  • Kashmiri Song
  • Till I Wake by Amy WOODFORDE-FINDEN
  • Where Beauty Dwells
  • Vocalise Op. 34 N°14 by Sergei RACHMANINOV
  • The Waltz by Maurice RAVEL

British pianist, Martin James comes from a remarkable English school which contributed to the birth of pianists such as
Freddy Kempf or Benjamin Grosvenor, the organizers of major European festivals were not mistaken: the young man performed at that of Verbier. Whether in simple chorales by Bach, Haydn, transcriptions by Liszt or Ravel’s waltz, Martin James will demonstrate exceptional musicality. Aged 25, Martin James Bartlett has everything to conquer the island public. This young prodigy has already been asked to play in front of Queen Elizabeth II, who was celebrating her 90th birthday, but also the first lady of China visiting the United Kingdom. A confidence that no longer surprises when you have listened to it. This racy pianist won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2014 “.



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