WSKG’s Andrew Pioch and Al Williams of Classical Pianists of the Future join us to talk about the two-part retrospective of six years of Expressions programs hosted by Ithaca College piano student Alexei Aceto, who also play some new pieces.
Classical Pianists of the Future bring together two of their past performers, Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman, for a special Classical Expressions program on WSKG Television. In the first half Michael Davidman plays the first and third movements of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No.2 in B-Flat minor, Op.23 and Anastasia Rizikov plays Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23. In the second half they play Rachmaninoff’s Six Morceaux, Op.11, trading places at the piano halfway through, and then finish the program with Rachmaninoff’s Italian Polka. http://wskg.org/audio/Exp102716.mp3
WSKG Arts along with the Classical Pianists of the Future proudly present a special performance featuring Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman. Both of these precocious talents have graced the Classical Expressions stage in years past and we are happy that they decided to return for another hour of classical piano. Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious seventeen year old who has already won major prizes all over the world. Resolving to compete in adult competitions since the age of twelve, Anastasia won first places over musicians twice her age in the following competitions: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with prizes for best compulsory work by E. Pozzoli, and audience prize (Seregno, Italy, 2015). Born in New York City in 1997, Michael Davidman started piano lessons at five years old at Greenwich House Music School with Michiyo Morikawa, then from 2005-2015 piano performance with Efrem Briskin at Manhattan School of Music, conducting with Jonathan Strasser 2009-2015, and conducting with David Gilbert 2013-2015.
Classical Pianists of the Future are putting together two of their most popular performers in an evening consisting of a short solo program from each of them, followed by music for piano four-hands, including Franz Schubert’s Fantaisie in F, Maurice Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnol, Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun in Ravel’s arrangement, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Anastasia Rizikov and Michael Davidman talk about the excitement of collaborating at the same piano, and the challenges of practicing when the other is not there. The program is on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm in the United Presbyterian Church, 42 Chenango Street in downtown Binghamton. http://wskg.org/audio/1026piano.mp3
Anastasia Rizikov returns to Binghamton for a recital of music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Balakirev, along with the Rachmaninoff Cello Concerto in g minor with cellist Stephen Stalker. She and Lance G. Hill of Classical Pianists of the Future speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder