SATURDAY, 12 JANUARY 2019 | 20:15



Johannes Brahms
Theme and Variations in D minor Op.18b
Scherzo in E-flat minor Op.4

Robert Schumann
Sonata No.2 in G minor Op.22

Franz Liszt
Ballade No.1 in D-flat major S.170
Ballade No.2 in B minor S.171
Hungarian Rhapsody No.10 in E major S.244/10
Hungarian Rhapsody No.13 in A minor S.244/13

“…Immensely gifted pianist…with prodigious technique, myriad shadings and scrupulous accuracy…” (The New York Times). Winner of the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht and Prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015, Vitaly Pisarenko performs a recital with works by Brahms, Schumann & Liszt.

In April 2008, Vitaly Pisarenko (born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1987) won the First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Vitaly’s packed tour schedule, with worldwide engagements, commenced straight away the morning after the Finals with an appearance at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Damian Iorio.

Vitaly already had his first public recital at the age of 6. Following his first musical training at music schools in Kiev with Natalia Romenskaya and in Kharkov with Garry Gelfgat, he commenced his studies in Moscow with Professor Yuri Slesarev at the Central Music School (1999-2005) and the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2005-2010) with the same teacher. From 2009 to 2012 Vitaly was a student of Oxana Yablonskaya at her Piano Institute in Italy.

Vitaly has performed in more than 25 countries including appearances in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, Lithuania, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and the United States, and performed at music festivals like the Basilica Festival of Flanders, the Piano Pic Festival in France, the Berlin International Music Festival, the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Busoni Festival in Bolzan, the International F. Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki, the Euro Music Festival in Halle, the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam and the Diaghilev Festival in St. Petersburg.

In 2009 Vitaly made an extensive tour with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, performed with the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw and with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Ushuaia Festival in Argentina. That same year he made an international tour with the Heath Quartet, and performed Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody in the reopening ceremony of De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam. In 2011 he was invited to Japan for an extensive tour with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2012 he made his debut in Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), the Musikverein (Vienna), De Singel (Antwerpen) and The Palace of Arts (Budapest), and toured through China including performances at the NCPA in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

Since September 2012 Vitaly is a student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev. He completed his Master Degree with distinction in 2014 and Artist Diploma Degree in 2015, and currently pursues a doctoral degree as an Emma Rose Memorial Scholar and a Bob and Sarah Wigley Scholar.

Vitaly is generously supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust.