Tuesday 19 October

Sala Teatro

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Alexandra Dovgan, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 The Tempest

Robert Schumann
Waldszenen op. 82

Fryderyk Chopin
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

"Why do we always tend to talk about classical music as an old, cold, sleepy and lifeless object? Music is nothing of the sort: it is the art of improvisation, imagination, inspiration. It is the encounter and acquaintance with a composer, an artist or a musician, and the audience. It is the discovery of one's own personality; it is an amazing and very bright moment, sometimes magical. On stage, we are ageless; that is an important factor. When you perform in a concert, you can be childish, mature, philosophical or very refined altogether and at the same time. We make music: that's all that matters."

Alexandra Dovgan has already risen to international fame at the age of 14. Yet, she defies all the stereotypes of the young "prodigy". She goes to school, spends her free time with friends and family, does sports and reads a lot. She faces her passion for the piano and the extraordinary development of her international career with spontaneity and maturity. These qualities are revealed in her playing, free and gentle, personal and profound. "She is a rare case: when you listen to her, you hear an adult playing, a personality", says Grigory Sokolov, who has been close to her since her first performances.

She was only five years old when she entered Mira Marchenko's class at the Moscow Conservatory, where she is still finishing her studies. She has been awarded prizes in various international contests such as the Vladimir Krainev Competition in Moscow, the Astana Piano Passion International and the Grand Piano Competition for Young Pianists, founded by Denis Matsuev in Moscow. Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov and Vladimir Fedoseyev have conducted her debuts in major European concert halls, ranging from the Philharmonie in Berlin to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

With the focus on young talents that distinguishes the LAC's musical seasons, LuganoMusica had already invited Alexandra Dovgan to Switzerland for a concert in the Hall to launch the 2019-2020 season. For her first recital in the Sala Teatro, Dovgan plunges into the turmoil of Beethoven's Sonata op. 31 No. 2 in D minor The Tempest, the poetry of Chopin's four Ballades and in Schumann's Waldszenen op. 82​​​​​​​.