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Composer: Kapustin, Nikolai (b. 1937)

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Year of birth1937
NationalityUkraine
PeriodContemporary
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Benjamin Grosvenor’s Chicago debut

Benjamin Grosvenor © Todd Rosenberg Photography
The pianist’s ability to easily bring out the melodic qualities, the shifts in mood and color from amidst the swirling pyrotechnics is remarkable for someone so young.
*****
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A unique pianist in an unique venue

Tania Stavreva © Reggo Wilson
Everybody should visit the 1901 Arts Club at least once. Bulgarian-born pianist Tania Stavreva is exactly the sort of performer these venues need: combining genuine quality with a refreshing approach to programming.
****1
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Yuja Wang dazzles in versatile program at Carnegie Hall

Yuja Wang  ©  Rolex Fadil Berisha
Yuja Wang’s latest recital at Carnegie Hall, which took place Tuesday evening, is best compared to a triple-decker sandwich with very excellent bread and questionable innards. Ms. Wang is known for her intimidating technique: powerful, playful, and superlative. Her energy is at its highest during her showy encores, and her pianism is at its most impressive with virtuosic Russian repertoire.
***11
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The 5 Browns: More than Just 5 Pianos

The 5 Browns  ©  Bryan Hernandez-Luch
Rarely does one see five grand pianos in one room, let alone on one stage. Enter the 5 Browns, a classical piano quintet. Siblings and Juilliard graduates – they were the first family to be enrolled at the Juilliard School simultaneously – it is clear this family has talent. Performing individually and together, this young ensemble has a vivacious and affable approach to classical music.
****1
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