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Asiya Korepanova: Transformations: Original Transcriptions

Asiya Korepanova: Transformations: Original Transcriptions

Flatiron, New York

Sat, June 22, 2024 6:00 PM, EDT

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Asiya Korepanova: Transformations: Original Transcriptions

Gotham Arts in collaboration with Groupmuse is delighted to present an intimate private solo recital by pianist Asiya Korepanova of original transcriptions, including of the celebrated Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata and a world premiere of her newest transcription, an art song by Tchaikovsky.

It so happens this day also falls on Asiya's birthday, so in addition to an array of wine and snacks, a birthday cake will be served!


CHOPIN-KOREPANOVA Polonaise for Cello and Piano, Op. 3

Art Songs:
BEACH-KOREPANOVA: "Extase" Op. 21, No. 2
BERG-KOREPANOVA "Liebesode" from Sieben Frühe Lieder
FRANCK-KOREPANOVA "Le Mariage des Roses"
TCHAIKOVSKY-KOREPANOVA "If only I had known" Op. 47, No. 1 (World Premiere)
MUSSORGSKY-KOREPANOVA Songs and Dances of Death


RACHMANINOFF-KOREPANOVA Cello Sonata in g minor, Op. 19

About the Artist:

Watch Asiya perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 1 in d minor, Op. 28

The only pianist in the world who performed the complete Rachmaninoff solo piano works within the composer’s 150th-anniversary year in 2023, Asiya Korepanova is a pianistic powerhouse hailed as a "tremendously gifted pianist who exhibits a singular affinity for Rachmaninoff’s Russian romantic idiom and possesses the blazing technique to fully realize his distinctive scores" (South Florida Classical Review), who is also highly recognized as a composer, visual artist, and poet.

A herald of an enormous repertoire encompassing over 60 piano concertos and solo works ranging from early Baroque period to music of living composers, Asiya is a quintessential completist. She finds unique joy in performing complete collections of works such as the 24 Liszt Etudes or the entire Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach. Her emotionally charged and colorfully nuanced performances have gained her the admiration of audiences and resulted in many repeat engagements.

Asiya, a pianist and composer, draws her musical inspiration from the legacy of Dmitry Shostakovich, having studied composition under his direct disciple, Albert Leman. She is the author of original works in multiple genres and instrumentations. Her historic solo piano transcriptions of Richard Strauss’ "Ein Heldenleben", Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, and Mussorgsky's "Songs and Dances of Death" have placed her among today’s formidable transcribers. Most recent composition events include the world premiere recording of Asiya’s concerto for alto saxophone and piano, "Poème", performed by Thomas Giles and Liana Pailodze Harron; the publication of her transcription of Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata; the premiere of her Piano Quintet I marvel at the sky commissioned by the Third Dimension Music Festival; and the premiere of Con Brio for two pianos, performed with her duo partner Ilya Kazantsev as a part of the Dranoff Two Piano Foundation series.

An avid chamber musician, Asiya collaborates with a wide array of musicians. Her partners include David Shifrin, the Hermitage Piano Trio, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Svetoslav Stoyanov, Giora Schmidt, and Alexander Fiterstein. She regularly performs as part of the 88 by 20 piano duo with her friend and former classmate, Grammy-nominated pianist Ilya Kazantsev.

Uninhibited in her artistic expression, Asiya is also sought after her work as a visual artist and poet. Her uncompromising dedication to the arts have culminated in several projects featuring original poetry and visual art that serve as interpretive commentary for a particular cycle of piano works. These cycles include Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Tchaikovsky’s 18 Morceaux, Op. 72, and, most recently, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Asiya's live performances of these compositions have astounded audiences and organizers alike.

Caring about the development of society, in 2017 Asiya founded Music for Minds, a non-profit organization that brings classical performances into classrooms and creates music festivals featuring unique programming. From 2017 through 2019, Asiya directed her brainchild Festival Baltimore, a two-week chamber music series and summer academy dedicated to the performance and study of complete cycles, one of Music for Mind's projects. In just three years, the festival solidified itself as a highly original music series and academy, presenting a wide array of styles and performers.

Born in Izhevsk, Russia, to a musical family, Asiya began learning the piano at 4 years old from her mother Soreya, her first piano teacher. At the age of 6, she was taught to read music in orchestral clefs by her father Sergey, an exemplary composer, and started composing her own music. At 9, she made her orchestral debut, playing Mozart's Concerto No. 8 with her own cadenza, and gave her first full philharmonic recital.

Simultaneously, she began studying composition with Albert Leman, the chair of Moscow Conservatory's composition department and a student of Dmitry Shostakovich. She continued working with him until his passing in 1998. That short period has influenced all future aspects of her musical and artistic development.

As a result of her early bond with composition, Asiya appreciates new music. In Russia, she premiered three piano concertos by Vladislav Kazenin and Shamil Timerbulatov, performing with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S., she has premiered various works by Michael Daugherty, Thomas Sleeper, and Orlando Garcia, among others.

Throughout her early years in Russia, Ms. Korepanova received various awards for her prodigious abilities. These include the Russian Federation Presidential Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts, the National Award from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), the Germany Berliner Salon Award (2003), the Russia Youth Triumph Award (2005), and the title of Honored Artist of Udmurtia (2009).

In 2012, Asiya moved to the United States at the invitation of renowned pianist and maestro Santiago Rodriguez, to earn a doctoral degree under his guidance at the University of Miami. Later that year, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition — an achievement that proved invaluable in establishing her concertizing career in the U.S. In 2017, she added a University of Miami Artist Diploma degree to her portfolio, having earned it in the studios of Kevin Kenner and Tian Ying.

Asiya has since continued to garner national attention with performances at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection, and many other notable recital series, symphony orchestras, and festivals throughout the country. She has been featured on CNN, NPR stations, WFMT, and WETA.

In 2023, Asiya embarked on a monumental project in celebration of Rachmaninoff’s 150th birth anniversary, performing his complete solo piano music in six recital programs throughout the United States. She premiered her latest transcription — the Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky; toured performing Clara Schumann's, Grieg's, and Rachmaninoff's piano concertos; and anticipates the releases of scores of her compositions: the Poéme for alto saxophone and piano and Con Brio for two pianos, as well as transcriptions of works by Mussorgsky, Franck, Amy Beach, Fauré, Berg, and Bach.

Asiya and her husband Dmitry reside in a forest-rich Boston suburb, where she has unlimited time and hours of the day to practice or listen to music. She is an avid runner and hiker, and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.

What's the music?

(Original transcriptions by Asiya Korepanova)

Chopin Polonaise for Cello and Piano, Op. 3
Art songs:
Amy Beach 'Extase' Op. 21, No. 2
Alban Berg 'Liebesode' from 'Sieben Frühe Lieder'
Cesar Franck 'Le Mariage des Roses'
Tchaikovsky 'If only I had known' Op. 47, No. 1

Mussorgsky 'Songs and Dances of Death'

Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata Op. 19

Where does this music come from?

The program offers piano solo transcriptions of classical chamber and vocal works from 19th and 20th centuries.


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