Recital: Nicolas Ventura – piano

Friday 3rd March, 2023, at 1:15 pm

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The Programme

Nicolas Ventura – piano

F Mompou

1. La fuente y la campana

J S Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 861

S Prokofiev

Sonata No 8, Op 84
I. Andante dolce. Allegro moderato
II. Andante sognando
III. Vivace

The Artist

The Italian pianist Nicolas Ventura is emerging in the UK, Italy and Europe as an interpreter whose mind and passion are the starting points for performances of a carefully selected repertoire.

He has played throughout Italy, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and the UK. Recent appearances include the Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building in Oxford, Duke’s Hall and the Brazilian Embassy in London, Fazioli Concert Hall, Teatro Manzoni in Pistoia, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the Castle of Kalmar, Florianka Concert Hall in Kraków and Danube Palace in Budapest among many others.

He has received many awards including the Sir Reginald Thatcher prize and the Franz Simmons prize, as well as the Constance Goetze Bequest and the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for and outstanding performance in his final recital. Nicolas regularly performs as soloist and with orchestra. Recently he performed works by Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninov collaborating with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Chioggia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau and the Danube Symphony Orchestra. Nicolas is an active chamber musician and transcriber. Among his latest activities are his original piano transcription of Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

Nicolas is supported by the Oleg Prokofiev Trust and the following months will see him involved in the production and publication of his first commercial recording entirely devoted to Prokofiev, featured in a series of venues including the Impavidi Theatre, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Southwark Cathedral and Wigmore Hall in London.

Born in Tuscany, Nicolas studied with Konstantin Bogino and Tatiana Sarkissova. He is an alumnus of the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini of Padua, where he graduated with the highest honours and a special mention, and the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with First Class. He is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Dina Parakhina. Nicolas has participated in masterclasses and has been inspired by such artists as Boris Berman, Benedetto Lupo, Anna Malikova, Håkon Autsbo, Imogen Cooper, Dmitri Alexeev, Marios Papadopoulos, Peter Donohoe, Vanessa Latarche and Federico Colli.

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