St Bride's: Music - Zacharias Brandman – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Zacharias Brandman – piano

Tuesday, 24 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Zacharias Brandman – piano

L van Beethoven

Sonata no. 23 in F minor, 'Appassionata' op. 57

F Chopin

Mazurkas op. 63

A Scriabin

Sonata no. 2 in G sharp minor, 'Sonata-Fantasy' op. 19

F Liszt

Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 in C sharp minor, S244/2

Zach Brandman is a 17-year-old British pianist, a music scholar at Westminster School. In November 2018, Zach won the Una Clark Young Artist Jellinek award and was selected to perform Schumann's piano concerto in A minor, with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in January 2019. He was also recently appointed as Musician in Residence at St Mark's English Church, Florence  from Spring 2019. Zach began learning the piano at the age of six at the London Russian Music Academy and continues his studies with pianist and conductor, Peter Limonov. At the age of eight, he was selected to appear with Lang Lang at the Royal Festival Hall and at nine, he first performed with orchestra. He was awarded first Prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, third prize in the New Stars International Music Competition and third prize at the Young Pianist of the North International competition at the age of ten. Since then, Zach has performed in a number of major concert venues including Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, the Jacqueline du Pré Building, the Britten Theatre (RCM), the Duke's Hall (RAM). Zach also frequently performs at the Guards' Chapel, London.

Zach has been invited to perform solo recitals in Cheltenham - where he received a standing ovation for his performance for the Festival, and at Pushkin House, London where he was requested to perform an all-Russian program for a memorial event commemorating the life and work of Russian philosopher Lev Shestov. The program included works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky's 'Dumka'. Zach was also invited to perform a solo recital in the Conservatoire Concert series at South Hill Park, Bracknell, a sold-out event, in which he played works by Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Chopin's Scherzo no. 2, op 31. In 2018 Zach was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Duet prize. In addition, Zach regularly takes part in music festivals where he has enjoyed success as a top prize-winner, having been awarded the EPTA cup in both 2017 and 2018 at the Stratford and East London Festival, and won first prize in Junior, Open Recital and Concerto categories at many other festivals including West London Pianoforte Festival, Woking, Hatfield, Farnham and Worthing music festivals, and the Jaques Samuel Piano Festival. In 2016, Zach held simultaneous nominations for the Emmanuel Piano trophy and President's prize at the North London Festival of Music.

In addition to his piano studies, Zach studies conducting with Toby Purser, conductor of Orion Orchestra, and performs regularly in a school chamber ensemble. He has been invited to take part in a number of masterclasses with renowned pianists including Stephen Kovacevic, Françoise Thinaut, and Pavel Timofeyevsky. 'Full of romantic warmth, virtuosity and generosity of spirit' and 'stylish and engaging' are comments from leading adjudicators in the UK. Other concerts in 2019/20 include recitals in Mumbai (at the NCPA), London, Cambridge, Cheltenham and Florence, where in addition to solo work, Zach is premiering new works composed for him by St Mark's resident composer.

Zach Brandman is a 17-year-old British pianist, a music scholar at Westminster School. In November 2018, Zach won the Una Clark Young Artist Jellinek award and was selected to perform Schumann's piano concerto in A minor, with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra in January 2019. He was awarded first prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, third prize in the New Stars International Music Competition and third prize at the Young Pianist of the North International competition at the age of ten. Since then, Zach has performed in a number of major concert venues including Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, the Jacqueline du Pré Building (St Hilda's, Oxford), the Britten Theatre (RCM), the Duke's Hall (RAM) and Pushkin House.