On Jewish Themes


On Jewish Themes

August 07, 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola, Lerici


Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)
Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34
Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)
Selection from 8 pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 83
Dmitry Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, op. 40

Elly Suh, violin
Alberto Bologni, viola
Miriam Prandi, cello,
Alexander Bedenko, clarinet
Vitaly Pisarenko, piano

Alexander Bedenko, clarinet
Gramophone Magazine – “Timbrally, the performances are ravishing. Bedenko’s tone is the most luxurious velvet.” The multi award-winning, Ukrainian-born American clarinetist Alexander Bedenko has appeared in recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and UNESCO in Paris. Graduated from the prestigious The Curtis Institute of Music, Alexander Bedenko collaborated with artists such as Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolai Lugansky, Kirill Gernstein, Daniel Hope, Nabuko Imai, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Gautier Capucon and with the Borodin, Jerusalem, Alma, Ariel, Endellion, Zemlinsky and Orion string quartets. Solo appearances include the Romanian National Radio orchestra, Uzbekistan and Ukraine National Symphony orchestras, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra and chamber music recitals at the Colmar, Verbier, Spoleto, Lerici, Malta, Miami, Mozaic and Schubertiade festivals. In 2019, Alexander Bedenko released his acclaimed debut album on Orchid classics with Kyril Zlotnikov and Itamar Golan as well as “Finding Home” album on Sony classics in March 2022. In 2021, Muzyka Edition has published worldwide Alexander Bedenko’s transcriptions of Tchaikovsky album of pieces for clarinet and piano. A former Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra principal clarinetist, Alexander Bedenko was invited by Riccardo Muti as guest principal clarinetist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra European tour and has performed as guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst. Alexander Bedenko is a Selmer Paris and D’Addario woodwinds Artist.
Elly Su h, violin “Sensitive and engaging performer,” according to the U.S. classical music magazine Musical America, violinist Elly Suh has received numerous awards in relevant international competitions including Naumburg, Moscow David Oistrakh, Paganini Prize, Indianapolis and Leipzig Bach Competition. Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with the Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Berliner Symphoniker, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig Pauliner Ensemble, NY Classical Players, and the Lviv Philharmonic. She has appeared on such stages as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert Hall, and performed at the Salzburger Festspiele, Al Bustan Festival, and Lerici Festival. Elly Suh studied at The Juilliard School in New York and the Mozarteum University of Salzburg under the guidance of Pierre Amoyal, Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, and Sally Thomas. She plays on a Guarneri del Gesù violin, through the kind assistance of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
Alberto Bologni, viola, who graduated from the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence with highest honors and later obtained a soloist’s diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory, owes his training to the contributions of some of Europe’s most celebrated violin traditions: Sandro Materassi served as a liaison with the Veneto school of Giulio Pasquali and the German-Hungarian school of Jeno Hubay, while Stephan Gheorghiu and Ilya Grubert passed on to him the teachings of the Russian-Soviet school of Oistrack and Kogan.
One of the most versatile violinists of his generation, Alberto Bologni in fact tackles a solo and chamber repertoire that places rarities and rediscoveries alongside the best-known masterpieces as well as a large number of compositions by contemporary composers, often dedicated to him or commissioned by him, performing regularly in major Italian and European centers. He holds the chair of violin at the Luigi Boccherini Conservatory of Lucca. He plays a Santo Serafino ex Cesare Ferraresi from 1734.
Miriam Prandi, cello
Miriam Prandi, although belonging to the generation of young performers, thanks to a musical talent of rare communicativeness and uncommon versatility, stands out with her interpretations as an exceptional personality capable of tackling the solo, chamber repertoire not only as a cellist but also as a pianist. Ms. Prandi is the winner of the 2014 Rahn Musikpreis in Zürich, personally awarded by Chairman Sol Gabetta. Following her performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto at Zurich Tonhalle, she was praised by the Schweizer Musikzeitung for her “sincerity of expression which is surprising for her young age” and that “one gets the impression that the cellist lives only within her playing.” More recent highlights include celebrated debuts at the Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Accademia della Scala Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev for the MITO Festival, At the Firenze Opera for Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, l’Auditorium Rai for Unione Musicale di Torino, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Tonhalle Zurich e in veste di solista ha collaborato con direttori come Neeme Järvi, Andris Poga, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Michele Mariotti, Gianluca Marcianò. A student of Natalia Gutman in Fiesole and Vienna, she completed as a scholarship holder of the Ambrosoli Foundation and the Lyra Foundation her Master’s degree studies in Soloism with Honors at the Bern Hochschule in the Class of Antonio Meneses and later perfected her studies under Ivan Monighetti. In addition to her activities as a solo cellist and pianist, Ms. Prandi is an avid chamber musician performing throughout Europe in such prestigious venues as Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Rheingau Music Festival, Konzerthaus Vienna, among others. 2016-2018 she has been member of the delian::quartett and has recorded the entire Bach ‘Art of Fugue’ at the Deutschlandfunk Köln for the label Oehms Classics. Miriam Prandi performs on a cello by Giovanni Grancino (Milan, 1712), a generous loan from Fondazione Pro Canale Onlus.
Vitaly Pisarenko, piano
First Prize winner of the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht Third Prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, 2015 “…Immensely gifted pianist…with prodigious technique, myriad shadings and scrupulous accuracy…” New York Times After winning the First Prize at the 8th F. Liszt International Piano Competition in Utrecht and the Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition London-based Ukrainian-Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko has been steadily gaining worldwide recognition. Vitaly’s packed tour schedule commenced straight away the morning after the Finals with an appearance at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Vitaly regularly performs across the globe as a recitalist and a chamber musician. Past concerts include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, Bozar in Brussels, National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, Mozarteum in Salzburg, de Singel in Antwerp, Toyota Concert Hall in Japan, Hong Kong City Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris and Palace of Arts in Budapest. As a soloist Vitaly collaborated with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Japan, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Het Gelders Orchestra, the YMSO and others performing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Tokyo Opera City, Seoul Arts Center, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Sala San Paulo in Brazil and De Doelen in Rotterdam among others. The Association of Music Critics of Argentina recently presented Vitaly with the ‘2018 Revelation Award’. Recently Vitaly has been performing intensively in the UK, including performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Champs Hill, Chopin Society UK, BMS York and others. Vitaly started his musical education in his native Kiev, Ukraine with Natalia Romenskaya and in Kharkiv with Garri Gelfgat. Later on, he commenced his studies in Moscow with Professor Yuri Slesarev at the Central Music School and State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. From 2005 to 2008 Vitaly studied with Aquiles delle Vigne at the Codarts, Rotterdam and from 2009 to 2012 he was a student of Oxana Yablonskaya in Italy. Since September 2012 Vitaly has been a student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studies with Professor Dmitri Alexeev. Vitaly completed his Master’s degree with distinction in 2014 and Artist Diploma degree in 2015 and is currently a Doctoral course student as an Emma Rose Memorial Scholar and a Bob and Sarah Wigley and Helmut Schuster Scholar. Starting from 2012 Vitaly has also been studying with Professor Boris Petrushansky at the ‘Incontri col Maestro’ Academy in Imola, Italy. Since January 2020 Vitaly is a principal study teacher at the Purcell School for young musicians. In September 2021 he has been appointed an Assistant Professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, London.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.