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Masterclass by Nikolai Demidenko

Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko

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‘His virtuosity is of a kind to which few other pianists could pretend.’
Gramophone (on Demidenko’s recording of Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor)


29 September 2011 (Thu) 8pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
$250, 200, 150, 100

Special Announcement - Re-scheduled Concert and Refund Arrangement

As the artist could not arrive in time due to flight delay caused by the typhoon, 29 September's Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko has been re-scheduled to be held at 8 p.m. on 30 September (Friday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.  Ticket-holders who are not able to attend the re-scheduled concert may produce the original tickets intact for ticket refund at the box offices of Hong Kong City Hall or Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 5 to 24 October 2011.

For enquiries, you may contact us during office hours at 2268 7321.

An All-Liszt Programme

Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S.171
Legend No. 1
Legend No. 2
Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto
Ballade No. 1 in D-flat, S.170
Sonata in B Minor, S.178 

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Programme Details

Liszt Recital for the Liszt Anniversary Year

Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko won third prize in the 1978 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition (Mikhail Pletnev won the first) and since then has enjoyed a brilliant international career as a sought-after concert pianist, a frequent guest at all major concert halls and music festivals in the world as a recitalist and as a concerto soloist with leading international orchestras and conductors.  Though inevitably acclaimed for his interpretation of Russian repertoire, Demidenko excels in a wide repertoire, ranging from Bach and Scarlatti to Mendelssohn and Chopin, versatility displayed also in his extensive award-winning discography.  He is also highly praised as a Liszt pianist.  For the Liszt anniversary year, he brings to Hong Kong an all-Liszt programme, which includes the composer’s monumental Sonata in B Minor, a challenging milestone in the whole piano repertoire.

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Details of Performer

Nikolai Demidenko



Nikolai Demidenko's passionate pianism means that he is in demand worldwide.


Frequent London recitals have included the 'Great Performers' series at the Barbican Concert Hall, the 'International Piano Series' at South Bank Centre and recently the 'London Pianoforte Series' at the Wigmore Hall - a Chopin recital which was featured as the only live performance in BBC Radio 3's 'Chopin Experience', a weekend celebration of his complete works.


He is renowned for his authoritative performances of the Russian concerto repertoire such as Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky and has worked with many conductors and orchestras throughout the world.  He has a flourishing relationship with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, with whom he performs regularly. He also enjoys a fruitful collaboration with several Russian artists who have made their homes in London; a cello and piano duo with Leonid Gorokhov; piano quartets with the exciting new Hermitage String Trio; and a two-piano partnership with Dmitri Alexeev, who likewise studied at the Moscow Conservatoire under Dmitri Bashkirov.


His repertoire is wide-ranging, including Bach, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky and Scarlatti.  He has a special affinity with the works of Chopin and travels frequently to Poland, most recently to Warsaw to perform at the 'Chopin & His Europe' Festival. Other festival appearances include venues in Aldeburgh, Dubrovnik, Eilat, New York, Oslo and Singapore.


Concerto engagements in recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with the Adelaide Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival, Danish National Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Ulster and Hallé Orchestras and tours in the UK and Ireland with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and in Spain with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine.


For Hyperion Records Nikolai Demidenko has recorded albums of Bach-Busoni, Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Medtner, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert & Schumann and concertos by Chopin, Medtner (which won a Gramophone Award), Scriabin, Tchaikovsky & Weber as well as the complete Prokofiev Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev.  For the Munich-based AGPL label he has recorded Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata, a collection of Scarlatti sonatas and a Chopin CD which won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik Preis.  Autumn 2008 saw the release of a new Chopin CD, including his first recording of the 24 Preludes, for Onyx Classics. This CD won the MIDEM 2010 Special Chopin Award for a new recording.

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Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 45 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.

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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from  3 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking.
(On the first counter booking day, each patron can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets of 'Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko' per transaction.)

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). 

‘Great Music’ Special Recital Package Discount
For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko’, ‘Piano Recital by Murray Perahia’, ‘Violin Recital by Itzhak Perlman’ and ‘Vocal Recital by Anne Sofie von Otter’:
10% off for any 2 concerts;
15% off for any 3 concerts;
20% off for all 4 concerts.

On the first counter booking day, each patron can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets of the same recital and 40 tickets in total per transaction.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

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Masterclass by Nikolai Demidenko

(Conducted in English)

30 September 2011 (Fri) 2pm
ecital Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Free tickets will be distributed at the Enquiry Counter of the Hong Kong City Hall from 1 September onwards on a first-come-first-served basis.  Each patron is limited to a maximum of two tickets.

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Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: 

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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