First Up – November 13: Free concert of 20th century piano masterpieces
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces a free concert by renowned pianist Yegor Shevtsov. The performance will take place in the Concert Hall on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 PM.
As part of an artist-in-residence recording project, pianist Yegor Shevtsov presents an in-progress performance of solo works by two giants of twentieth-century music. Separated by almost a century, Debussy’s Etudes and Boulez’s Incises intersect in both their French heritage and their substantial demands on a pianist’s control and technique. Rounding out the recital is Boulez’s most recent work for solo piano, une page d’éphéméride.
Yegor Shevtsov is a Ukrainian-born pianist based in New York City. As a soloist and a collaborative pianist, he has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Whitney Museum, Tanglewood, and the Kilkenny Arts Festival (Ireland), among others. This season, he has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group in Montpellier, France, and Tel Aviv, Israel, was a guest pianist at the Usinesonore Festival in Switzerland, performed the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 10 in New York, Alabama, and Finland, and conducted Yoav Gal’s opera Mosheh in New York City.
In 2010, The New York Times lauded the “Mozartean elegance” that Shevtsov brought to his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9. In a performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, Shevtsov was praised by the Miami Herald for his “superb musicianship and evocative piano playing.”