Nika Afazel played in the concert the Schubert Sonata No. 20 in A major D 959, which he composed in 1828, ie in his year of death. It belongs to a trilogy (D958 and D960) of sonatas and they all have a thematic relationship.
In order to play this work by Schubert you need not only technical skill, but also inner maturity to feel the piece in all its facets and to do justice to the piece musically and sonically in its interpretation. Nika Afazel succeeded in doing so without any doubt and she brought the sonata to life in a very expressive manner, technically sound and full of tonal climaxes.
Antonios Selemidis dedicated the second half of the concert to Chopin and played the very famous Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor op.35. He was also able to convince everyone in the audience with his sovereignty on the piano in terms of technique and musical design. Everyone listended devoutly to the third movement “Marche funèbre” (the “funeral march”), which created a “deathly silence” among the audience. He, too, had consistently grown into the sonata of Chopin and delivered a wonderful musical interpretation of the work. As always, the “Kaps” grand piano of 1875 lay an excellent ground work for the interpretation by these two wonderful musicians.
A fantastic concert, which rewarded the audience with a lot of applause!
Dear friends of music,
This Saturday you will hear the two highly talented students Nika Afazel and Antonios Selemidis from the class of Prof. Sheila Arnold.
Nika Afazel, who has already impressed visitors with her appearance in the music studio, comes from Iran and has been studying the piano in Germany since she was 18 years old. She has already won numerous prizes in her homeland and has already appeared solo and in ensembles. In the meantime, she is also a winner of the Rhein-Ruhr Song Duo Competition 2017, the Chance Festival in Munich 2018, she won the Baldowski Prize in Baldham 2018 and the Gourani Academy Prize in Munich 2018. It will certainly be exciting to hear her further progress on the piano!
Antonios Selemidis was born in Greece. He also started playing the piano in his younger childhood and won numerous prizes, which helped him early on to perform in renowned concert halls. He is a scholarship holder of the Spanish Foundation “Mundo en Armonia” and since 2017 he completes his Master of Music in Germany under the direction of Prof. Sheila Arnold.
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Piano sonata in A Major, D.959
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo. Allegretto
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Piano sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, op.35
I. Grave. Doppio movimento
III. Marche funèbre: Lento
IV. Finale. Presto. Sotto voce e legato
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Nika Afazel wurde 1994 in Teheran geboren. Mit 5 Jahren erhielt sie ihren ersten Klavierunterricht von Hamidreza Rezayi. Im Jahr 2005 wurde sie im Iran an der Fachoberschule für Musik in die Klavierklasse des bekannten Pianisten Gagik Babayan aufgenommen.
Mit 15 Jahren gewann sie den ersten Preis des Musikschulwettbewerbs. Es folgten weitere Festivals und Preise. Im Jahre 2011 absolvierte sie ihren Schulabschluss und trat danach als Künstlerin mit wechselnden Ensembles in Erscheinung. Mit 18 Jahren kam sie nach Deutschland und wurde an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in der Klasse von Prof. Jacob Leuschner aufgenommen. Meisterkurse bei Alexander Lonquich, Claudio Martinez Mehner und Alan Weiss ergänzten ihre Klavierausbildung. Weiterhin trat sie sowohl als Solistin als auch im kammermusikalischen Ensembles auf. Zum Wintersemester 2015 hin wechselte sie in die Klasse von Prof. Sheila Arnold. Seit 2016 nimmt sie Liedgestaltungsunterricht bei Prof. Stefan Irmer und trat zum Wintersemster 2017 ihr Liedgestaltungsstudium bei Prof. Ulrich Eisenlohr an.
Des Weiteren ist sie Sonderpreisträgerin des Rhein‐Ruhr‐Liedduowettbewerb 2017, Preisträgerin des Chance Festival in München 2018, Baldowski Preis in Baldham 2018 und Gourani-Akademie Preis in München 2018.
The greek pianist Antonios Selemidis was born in Thessaloniki. At the age of 11 he started to play the piano. He studied with Domna Evnouhidou at the Conservatory “Music College of Thessaloniki” where he had his Diplom with Honors and a special prize due to his remarkable performance. He also received a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Macedonia (class of Igor Petrin).
Antonios has received many prizes in national competitions(solo piano and chamber music).He has performed in many prestigious halls in Greece such as Thessaloniki Megaron Hall, Athens Conservatory, Stavros Niarchos Hall ,etc.
Since October 2017 he is pursuing a Master Degree at the “Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz” in Cologne at the class of Sheila Arnold.
Since 2016 Antonios is member of the greek ensemble “PIANDAEMONIUM” (6 pianos , 12 pianists).
I am looking forward to your visit!
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