Nicolas Namoradze

Piano

“A facet of recitals that I generally find under-explored is how we bridge the gap between works on the program.
There is much potential in playing with how much time is left between pieces and whether one cuts the flow for applause.“
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Pianist and composer Nicolas Namoradze, whose performances have been hailed by critics as “sparkling… sensitive and coloristic” (New York Times) and “simply gorgeous” (Wall Street Journal), came to international attention in 2018 upon winning the triennial Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada—the largest piano prize in the world. His often sold-out recitals around the world have been met with universal critical acclaim, and the recent release of his debut album featuring works by York Bowen on the Hyperion label has received extraordinary accolades, including Record of the Month in Limelight, Instrumental Disc of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Editor’s Choice in Presto Classical, while debuting in the UK charts as the #1-selling classical instrumental album.

In Gramophone, Jeremy Nicholas called Namoradze “the kind of musician whose artistry is like a compelling novel where you can hardly wait for what comes next”, suggesting that the release “must be an early Awards nominee”, while Katherine Cooper in Presto Classical called the disc “a potential Recording of the Year: his sheer technical brilliance will make you catch your breath time and again, but he’s also a born story-teller”.

“I’m not often lost for words, but Nicolas Namoradze’s recital almost defeated me”, wrote Michael Church in International Piano Magazine following his recent Wigmore Hall debut, declaring the performance “astonishing”. The recital was also chosen as Editor’s Favorite of the Month in BBC Music Magazine. Following his sold-out Carnegie debut at Zankel Hall in New York, Roman Markowicz in ConcertoNet called Namoradze “an artist representing that rare breed, a thinking virtuoso” and “a pianist who proved that, once in a while, the distinguished members of the jury make a good choice and select a winner who plays like a true artist”.
„Namoradze leads the audience on a path between sensitivity and amazement. The result? Stunning.”Augsburger Allgemeine, November 2021
His current activities include recitals at concert halls including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Boston’s Gardner Museum, New York’s 92nd Street Y and Tokyo Toppan Hall; appearances at Tanglewood, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Toronto Summer Music, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Tbilisi Piano Fest and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and performances with orchestras including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Basel Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic orchestras, with conductors such as Iván Fischer, Karina Canellakis, Ken-David Masur and Daniele Rustioni. Upon the invitation of Sir András Schiff, Namoradze presented recitals at leading venues around Europe including Antwerp, Munich, Zurich and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in the “Building Bridges” series.

A Gramophone “One to Watch” and BBC Music Magazine “Rising Star,” Namoradze was recently named among WQXR’s “20 for 20: Artists to Watch,” a list that “includes long-time heroes, established favorites and newcomers set for stardom who are redefining what classical music can be.”
„Set to become one of the truly important artists of his generation.”Emanuel Ax
Namoradze is the author of “Macroharmony in Ligeti’s Third Book of Piano Etudes,” a monograph published by Springer in the Computational Music Sciences series. The book is based on his doctoral dissertation, which explores the late etudes of Ligeti through a novel lens of statistical-graphical analysis and discusses questions regarding listeners’ perception of stability in musical texture. His doctoral work received a distinction for exceptional achievement with a nomination for the Barry Brook Award.

Highlights of his work as a composer include commissions and performances by leading artists and ensembles including Ken-David Masur, Tessa Lark, Metropolis Ensemble and the Momenta, Verona and Barkada Quartets, at festivals such as the Chelsea Music Festival, Honens Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Klavier-Festival Ruhr, among others. He has also composed and produced a number of film soundtracks, including Walking Painting by Fabienne Verdier and Nuit d’opéra à Aix, a short film made in association with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. His compositions are published by the Japan-based Muse Press.

Enthusiastic of innovative programs and technologies that expand the reach of classical music around the world, Namoradze has been closely associated with Juilliard Global Ventures, where he represented Juilliard students in the Julliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program. He is also featured in the most-watched episode of Juilliard Open Studios with his teacher, Emanuel Ax, and appears as a guest educator on the history of the piano for Juilliard edX courses. Namoradze’s interest in contemporary music and lesser-known works of the piano repertoire has led him to present original and exciting programs embracing works such as Godowsky’s infamous Studies on Chopin Etudes, rarities including Dvorak’s Piano Concerto and the piano music of York Bowen, sets of Ligeti Etudes, and many works by his contemporaries.

Namoradze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1992 and grew up in Budapest, Hungary. After completing his undergraduate in Budapest, Vienna, and Florence, he moved to New York for his master’s at The Juilliard School and his doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center, holding the Graduate Center Fellowship. His teachers and mentors have included Emanuel Ax, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Zoltán Kocsis, Matti Raekallio, András Schiff and Elisso Virsaladze in piano, and John Corigliano in composition. For several years Namoradze served on the faculty of Queens College, where he taught chamber music, composition and music history. He now pursues postgraduate studies in neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College, London, where his research interests include the effects of mental practice and mindfulness on musical performance.
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Contacts: Carolin Traute-Breidenbach, Sebastian Garten

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Programme

2022 / 2023
I

Berg: Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 1

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 869 (from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I)

Namoradze: Etudes (selections)

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F major, BWV 856 (from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

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Beethoven: Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier”

II

Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (selections)

Namoradze: Etudes (selections)

Bach-Rachmaninov: Suite from Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Rachmaninov-Namoradze: Adagio from Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

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Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (selections)

Rachmaninov 150
2023

Bach-Rachmaninov: Suite from Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Rachmaninov-Namoradze: Adagio from Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Rachmaninov: Nine Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 (selections)

Namoradze: Etudes (selections)

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Namoradze: Memories of Rachmaninov’s “Georgian Song”

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Ligeti 100
2023

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (selections)

Ligeti: Etudes (selections)

Namoradze: Etudes (selections)

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Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat major, D 960

2023 / 2024
Mindful Recitals

Mindful recitals are concerts that alternate musical performances with short mindfulness exercises and thought experiments. Each piece of music is preceded by a discussion and guided meditation that lasts a few minutes long. These meditations are a cross between mindfulness and music appreciation: they not only ease the listener into a calm, aware and perceptive state of mind, but also include cues about how to listen to the specific piece of music coming up, guiding the listener into a particular headspace to hear these works.

Unlike a lecture-recital, which may rely on some understanding of music theory or history, these mindful recitals do not assume any prior knowledge. On the contrary, they encourage coming to the event with fresh ears, simply bringing one’s curiosity and attention. Rather than presenting primarily factual information on the works to enhance the listener’s experience, the mindful recital instead takes an experiential approach, honing of our awareness of a broader spectrum of our moment-to-moment experience to reveal new perspectives on the process of listening.

 

Bach-Busoni: “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”, BWV 639

Introduction to mindful listening

Rachmaninoff-Kocsis: Vocalise

Embodied awareness and the physiology of listening

Bach: French Suite No. 1 in D minor, BWV 812

Perspectives on visual and auditory imagination

Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen, Op. 58 & 61 (Selection)

Deconstructing sound and the perception of sonic layers

Namoradze: Etude V, Entwined Threads

Theories of emotion and mindfulness of feeling

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Piano No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28, II: Lento

Ligeti in Dialogue
with Lukas Ligeti (Electronic Percussion)

Composer-performers Lukas Ligeti (electronic percussion) and Nicolas Namoradze (piano) present “Ligeti in Dialogue” in celebration of the centenary of the birth of György Ligeti (1923-2006). They explore threads passing through his music – from prior influences to works informed by his legacy – in a unique, dialogue-like recital for marimba lumina and piano, presenting an intertwined set of solo and duo performances of the works of J.S. Bach, György Ligeti, Lukas Ligeti and Nicolas Namoradze. The programme also includes new music written for this joint recital, for piano and marimba lumina-piano duo. With their unique viewpoint on one of the past century’s most iconic composers, Ligeti and Namoradze present a compelling retrospective as well as a vivid exploration of the relevance of this musical legacy in the present and future.


with Vadim Gluzman (Violin) & Schumann Quartett (String Quartet)

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Quartetto serioso”

Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

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Chausson: Concert for Vioin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21

 

2021 / 2022

Schedule

01.09.2022
19:30 Uhr
DE / Bonn - Beethoven-Haus -
Nicolas Namoradze

Discography

Arabesque
Robert Schumann
5 Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Arabesque in C major, Op. 18

Nicolas Namoradze
Arabesque for Piano

Robert Schumann
Humoreske in B-flat major, Op. 20

Nicolas Namoradze
3 Etudes

Bowen: Fragments from Hans Andersen & Studies
York Bowen
Fragments from Hans Andersen, Op. 58/61Concert study for piano No. 1 in G flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

York Bowen
Concert study for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 32

York Bowen
12 Studies for piano, Op. 46

Videos

Live @ Gstaad Menuhin Festival (21/08/28)
Bach / Busoni - Ich ruf zu dir Herr, BWV 639
Namoradze - Etudes for Piano I-III (Live from Honens)
Bach - Partita No. 6 in E minor (Live from Honens)
Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2 (Live from Honens)
Fabienne Verdier - Walking Painting

Contact

Carolin Traute-Breidenbach
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 745
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Sebastian Garten
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 719
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713