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Dmitry Masleev

Monday, January 30, 2017 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Winner of the first prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, pianist Dmitry Masleev performs music that spans Scarlatti to Prokofiev. Scarlatti’s sonatas are brief, but packed with rhythmic flair and melodic charm; Beethoven’s “Les adieux” Sonata tells a story of his patron’s departure and return; and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 dazzles with its extreme contrasts of style, mood, texture, and tonality. There’s also luxurious and witty music by Rachmaninoff and Liszt’s diabolically virtuosic Totentanz.


Dmitry Masleev, Piano
NY Recital Debut
First Prize Winner, The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015)


D. SCARLATTI Sonata in B Minor, K. 27
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in F Minor, K. 466
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 1
D. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor, K. 141
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux"
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14
RACHMANINOFF Elégie in E-flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 1, from Morceaux de fantaisie
RACHMANINOFF Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, from Morceaux de fantaisie
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in B Minor, Op. 39, No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in D Major, Op. 39, No. 9
LISZT Totentanz

TCHAIKOVSKY Lullaby in A-flat Major from Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72
TCHAIKOVSKY Dance Scene in C Major from Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72
MENDELSSOHN Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (arr. Rachmaninoff)
BACH Sarabande from Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

At a Glance


One of the greatest harpsichordists in history, Domenico Scarlatti is best known for his short, single-movement sonatas. Their apparent simplicity masks a highly original approach to the keyboard; Fanny Burney referred to "the fanciful flights of that wild but masterly composer."

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, "Les adieux"


Written during the Napoleonic Wars, Beethoven's E-flat-Major Sonata commemorates the departure from Vienna (and subsequent return) of his beloved benefactor Archduke Rudolf. The three movements are titled "Das Lebewohl" ("The Farewell"), "Abwesenheit" ("The Absence"), and "Das Wiedersehen" ("The Reunion").

SERGEI PROKOFIEV  Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14


Prokofiev cultivated a sharply etched, ironic, and occasionally acerbic style that propelled him to the forefront of the modernist movement before and during World War I. The multi-movement format of the D-Minor Sonata highlights the vivid contrasts that characterize his musical language.

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF  Selections from Morceaux de fantaisie; Fragments; Selected Études-tableaux 


Much like his popular piano concertos, Rachmaninoff's short pieces for solo piano display his trademark blend of Russian-flavored lyricism and dazzling virtuosity. The six selections on this evening's program span the quarter century before the composer-pianist emigrated from his native land and took up residence in the West.

FRANZ LISZT  Totentanz 


Liszt's transcendental virtuosity is on display in this dazzling showpiece, based on the medieval plainsong "Dies irae" ("Day of Wrath") from the Requiem Mass. Totentanz (Dance of Death) was originally written for piano and orchestra. In arranging it for solo piano, Liszt demonstrated his genius for creating symphonic colors and sonorities on the keyboard.


Dmitry Masleev

Winner of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Dmitry Masleev took the international spotlight with wholehearted support from the audience, jury, and media. The success of his first touring season firmly established him as a pianist of "virtuoso brilliance" (Financial Times) and inspired an ever-growing worldwide demand for his artistry.

Mr. Masleev's Munich debut at the Philharmonie led to two additional engagements, including a performance of Prokofiev's piano sonatas streamed live by and Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. His appearance at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr was followed by recital invitations from the Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Kissinger Sommer. This season, Mr. Masleev makes his Berlin debut with Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino.

In France, Mr. Masleev's appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris, Festival International de Piano de La Roque-d'Anthéron, and Festival Pianoscope Beauvais-as well as with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse-paved the way for a solo recital at the Fondation Louis Vuitton and a tour of Asia with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck.

Mr. Masleev's orchestral collaborations also include a German tour with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov, performances with the Bamberg Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach, and an artistic residence with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Later this season, he will give duo recitals with Boris Berezovsky in Moscow that feature the music of Bartók and Liszt.

Born and raised in Ulan-Ude (a Siberian town between Lake Baikal and the Mongolian border), Mr. Masleev was educated at the Moscow Conservatory (in the class of Professor Mikhail Petukhov) and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como. For more information, visit

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