World class painist joins Cole Concert Series

Vassily Primakov will perform as part of the Cole Concert Series.

Vassily Primakov will perform as part of the Cole Concert Series.

Greenwich Library will present the world class pianist Vassily Primakov who will perform selected works from Chopin, including Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23, Ballade No. 3 in A Flat Major, Op. 47 and others as part of the Cole Concert Series.

The concert will be held in the Cole Auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. and is open to all at no charge.

Gramophone wrote that “Primakov’s empathy with Chopin’s spirit could hardly be more complete,” and the American Record Guide raved: “Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch? In Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this! This is a great Chopin pianist.”

In 1999, as the teenaged prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Mr. Primakov was praised by Donald Rosenberg of The Cleveland Plain Dealer: “How many pianists can make a line sing as the Moscow native did on this occasion? Every poignant phrase took ethereal wing. Elsewhere the music soared with all of the turbulence and poetic vibrancy it possesses. We will be hearing much from this remarkable musician.”

Mr. Primakov’s first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with noted pianist Jerome Lowenthal. Among his many awards and recognitions, Mr. Primakov won first prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and in 2007 was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year.

In 2009, Mr. Primakov’s Chopin Mazurkas recording was named Best of the Year by National Public Radio (NPR). Then, in 2011, Mr. Primakov established a new record company along with his duo partner Natalia Lavrov ,, and in March 2012 he became a Yamaha Artist.

The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information call 203-622-7938.

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