NY Intl. Piano Competition Winners: Matthew Graybil & Igor Lovchinsky;THU;1/09/2014;7:30 PM EST

Matthew Graybil

Praised by the Southampton Press as “hypnotic and compelling,” American pianist Matthew Graybil has performed as a recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, France and Holland. He made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and has subsequently performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Chamber Players.

Highlights of Graybil’s solo career include recitals in many of the world’s music capitals, including New York, Paris, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington DC in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center and Lincoln Center. In addition, Graybil is an avid chamber musician, with over 100 performances to his credit. He has appeared on radio and television, including Vermont Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, WNYC, WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase,” CBS Chicago, the Discovery Channel and PBS, where he was featured in the documentary “Beyond the Practice Room.”

He has been a prize-winner in national and international competitions including the MTNA/Yamaha National Piano Competition, the New York Piano Competition, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition and the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, in which he was the only American to reach the finals.

Mr. Graybil has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Robert Levin, Roger Muraro, Menaham Pressler, Susan Starr and Arie Vardi and has been invited to festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, the Ravinia Steans Institute, the Sarasota Music Festival and the American Academy in Fontainebleau, France.

Graybil began his piano studies at age 6 and presented his first recital the following year. He was a pupil of Harvey Wedeen for six years and in 2009, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. In 2011, he completed the Masters program at Juilliard where he continued to work with Mr. Lowenthal as well as Matti Raekallio.

Graybil’s debut album, featuring works by Brahms and Schubert, was released in 2012 as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. A second disc of Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 10 will be released shortly as part of The Chopin Project.

Born in Lacaster, Pennsylvania in 1987, Matthew Graybil resides in New York City.

Igor Lovchinskyi

Hailed by Gramophone as a "star of the future" and acclaimed by Piano Magazine for the "elegance and rapturous beauty" of his music-making, pianist Igor Lovchinsky has performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Auditorium, The Bushnell Center, the Eastman Theater, and the Ohio Theater. Internationally, he has presented recitals at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the American Embassy in Beijing, and the Rosza Centre in Calgary.

With a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, Mr. Lovchinsky is a multi-faceted performer whose innovative programs – often combining the standard repertoire with jazz and popular music – reflect his diverse musical interests. Typically, Lovchinsky speaks to the audience at his recitals, engaging both the seasoned and lay listeners. The Southampton Press described his commentaries as “witty, informative, and non-technical, adding immeasurably to the non-professional’s understanding.”

An avid exponent of new music, Mr. Lovchinsky has championed works by Norman Dello Joio, Rodion Schedrin, Heather Schmidt, Avner Dorman, Nikolai Kapustin, and Earl Wild. After hearing his Etudes on Themes of Gershwin performed by Lovchinsky, Mr. Wild immediately offered to produce the young pianist’s debut disc on the composer’s label, Ivory Classics. In addition to Earl Wild's set of Etudes, the record features music by Chopin and Scriabin. This season, Mr. Lovchinsky took part in the Boston première of Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, celebrating the composer’s 100th birthday.

As a concerto soloist, Mr. Lovchinsky has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH), the “Live Music Project” Ensemble (Quick Centre in Fairfield, CT), and the Florida International University Symphony Orchestra. In addition, his performance of Chopin’s First Concerto with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra was broadcast on WQXR radio in New York, and was featured as the soundtrack of the independent film “Romance Larghetto” by director Pablo Goldbarg.

Born in Kazan, Russia in 1984, Igor Lovchinsky began playing the piano at the age of two. Very quickly, he showed extraordinary promise—not only as a pianist, but as a composer and improviser as well—and by the age of four was already playing entire recitals for his friends and family. In 1989, he entered the Kazan Special Music School for Gifted Children and after coming to the United States in 1994, garnered first prizes at the Eastman International Piano Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Mr. Lovchinsky holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and is now in the graduate program at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His teachers have included Nina Polonsky, Steven Glaser, Jerome Lowenthal, and Patricia Zander.

$25.00 - $60.00


Commissioned by Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, duo pianists. Program: Walter Piston, Copland

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