Suzanne Anatchkova presents the second piano recital of the Gaulitana Festival of Music
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A Festival of Music has now passed into its final weekend and the final three concerts. The tenth concert in this Festival of Music was presented last night, with Suzanne Anatchkova presenting the second piano recital of the festival. Like the Zidani concert, the Anatchkova concert was also held in the Aula Mgr. G. Farrugia at the St. George’s Basilica, at 8.00 p.m.
Suzanne Anatchkova comes from a Bavarian musical family and today lives partly in Munich and partly in Paris. She studied piano at Munich’s Music Academy under Professor Friedemann Berger. It was during her time as a student there that she had the opportunity to take part in Life Music Now, a concert given by the famed conductor Yehudi Menuhin. She has since flourished as a fine musician under the personal tutelage of M. Campanella, Karl-Heinz Kammerling and Benedikt Koehlen.
Suzanne is considered to be mainly a solo artist; however she enjoys taking part in ensembles as well and has performed chamber music with Svetosar Anatchkov, first concert master in Munich’s Opera House. As a soloist, Suzanne has participated in concerts throughout all Europe, and has also spent two years performing throughout the United States. She has also regularly appeared in various music festivals, among which the European Weeks and the Musique à la Paris. She is also featured as soloist on the Bavarian TV and radio stations.
Her repertoire is made up of several impressive works, among them Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B Minor, Chopin’s Concerto in E minor and Ligeti Etudes. She has recently performed with prestigious organisations such as the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Sinfornica of Regensburg, the Munich Opera Orchestra, and the Regensburg university Symphony Orchestra.
Suzanne started yesterday’s concert by playing six works by Frederic Chopin:
i. Nocturne in Bb minor, Op. 9 No. 1;
ii. Etude in C# minor, Op. 10 No. 4;
iii. Etude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3;
iv. Etude in Gb major, Op.10 No 5;
v. Nocturne in D major, Op. 27 No. 2;
vi. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23.
After the short interval, Suzanne continued her concert by playing the Prelude of La Colombe (The dove), and another Prelude- this time Un reflet dans le vent (A reflection in the wind) both by Olivier Messiaen, Jeux d’eau (Water Games) by Maurice Ravel, Etude Automne a Varsovie (Autumn in Warsaw) by Gyöorgy Ligeti; and three Etudes by George Gershwin-Earl Wild Embraceable you, The man I love and I got rhythm.
The Festival continues this evening with a concert by Britt Smallze: My Favourite Songs … with nibbles and drinks to be held at the Palazzo Margherita in Sannat at 8.00 pm.