Grigory Sokolov, © Photo: Mary Slepkova
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Main Hall, © Photo: Hans Roggen
Master Pianists: Grigory Sokolov
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Main Hall
About the Event
Succumb to the magical strains the Russian master coaxes from the piano's strings. Legendary even among his peers, Sokolov's extraordinary technique is always at the service of an intensely poetic artistry that draws individual melodies from complex forms, and gives new meaning to even the most familiar works.
Approximate duration (min.): 140
Sokolov, Grigorij (Soloist)
In the 40 years since the 16-year-old Grigory Sokolov was awarded first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1966, the world has been blessed with what one American critic recently called "a kind of pianism, musicianship and artistry one thought had vanished forever". Championed at a young age by Emil Gilels and a prominent figure on the Russian music scene since his early teens, Sokolov has gained an almost mythical status amongst music-lovers and pianophiles throughout the world.
He is considered by many today to be the world's greatest living pianist. Ever since his first major piano recital in Leningrad at the age of 12, Sokolov has amazed everyone again and again with the enormous breadth of his repertoire and his huge, almost physical musical strength. Using little pedal, and thus superior finger-work, he draws from the concert grand an immense variety of sounds; he has an unlimited palette of colours, a spontaneous imagination and a magical control of line. His interpretations are poetic and highly individual, and his rhythmic freedom and elasticity of phrase are perhaps unequalled among pianists today.
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