On Saturday, Nika Afazel held her first concert at the Musicstudio. The listeners got the rare opportunity to hear Scandinavian composers from which they most probably never heard of, such as Wilhelm Stenhammar with truly romantic pieces and Einojuhani Rautavaara with a very modern approach to the piano music. Nika performed brilliantly and gave each piece and each note its own room, as she put her whole musicality literally into the instrument. We hope, that she will give us the great pleasure of listening to her music again soon!
Dear Friends of Music,
the relatively young pianist Nika Afazel plays for the first time in Bonn. Born and raised in Iran , she now lives and studies now at the conservatory in Cologne under the guidance of Prof. Sheila Arnold. She will present an extraordinary concert with Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian composers. Some well-known names such as Jean Sibelius and Edvard Grieg, but also for the concert goers unfamiliar names like Johan Agrell or Wilhelm Stenhammar are in her program. Enjoy a concert with works from the Baroque to the 20th century. We can look forward to a very special listening of Scandinavian music, performed by a young and gifted musician.
Johan Agrell (1701 – 1765)
Sonata for harpsichord, Op.2, No.4
– Menuetto & trio
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871 – 1927)
– Tranquillo e soave
– Poco presto
– Piano. Non troppo lento
– Presto agitato
– Poco allegretto
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928)
Agathe Backer-Grøndahl: (1847 – 1907)
Fantasistykker Op.39, Hefte 2.
– Birdsong in winter
Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)
Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907)
Ballade in G minor Op.24
Nika Afazel was born in 1994 in Tehran. With 5 years, she received her first piano lessons from Hamidreza Rezayi. In 2005 she was admitted at the Technical School of Music in Iran in the piano class of the famous pianist Gagik Babayan. At 15, she won the first prize in the music school competition. It was followed by other festivals and prizes. In 2011 she completed her university degree and joined then as an artist with changing ensembles in appearance. With only 18 years she came to Germany and was admitted to the Cologne Music Academy in the class of Prof. Jacob Leuschner. She also took part in various master classes and performed as a soloist and chamber musician. Since the winter semester 2015 Nika Afazel receives her artistic training in piano under Professor Sheila Arnold at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Note on parking:
You find several parking spaces in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about 10 minutes from the Blücherstraße away!
The gallery is open on saturdays between 14 and 18 o’clock.
After telephonic agreement the gallery can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn