Pianist Vladimir Milošević Performs at Kolarac

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Thursday, May 7 2022.
Kolarac Hall 20.00


The Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment and the Belgrade Festivals Centre (CEBEF) announce the concert of the prominent Serbian pianist Vladimir Milošević, on May 7 in the Kolarac Endowment Concert Hall, starting at 8 p.m. With the programme called ‘Piano and Ballet’, Milošević discovers new expressive spaces, performing on the piano transcriptions of the most famous ballet scores of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel, as well as music composed for piano and then adapted for the ballet scene. Milošević wants to ‘tell a story’ with the piano – to convey characters and stage events with his interpretation, to give an emphasis to the dance character of selected compositions, but also to evoke lush orchestral diversity in a seemingly 'monochrome' piano sound.
The programme includes the Concert Suite from the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ by Tchaikovsky arranged by the famous pianist Mikhail Pletnev, the Concert Suite from the ballet ‘The Firebird’ (L'Oiseau de feu) by Stravinsky transcribed by Guido Agosti, Ravel's ‘La valse’ (The Waltz), a choreographic poem, in his own adaptation for solo piano. In addition, Milošević chose the suite ‘Le tombeau de Couperin’ (The Tomb of Couperin), which Ravel composed for piano and later orchestrated certain movements, and in that version the work experienced many successful choreographic settings.
Of particular interest to this programme are compositions that, due to huge technical and expressive requirements, are rarely performed. Mikhail Pletnev made and premiered a transcription of the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ in 1978, when he won the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Since the original ballet music lasts about 100 minutes, Pletnev chose seven attractive songs, with a total duration of about 18-20 minutes, and later other leading world pianists included it in their repertoire. On the other hand, French composer Maurice Ravel, to whose music Vladimir Milošević has a special affinity, made several adaptations of his Waltz – the version for two pianos is famous, while solo piano arrangements are rarely performed due to their extreme complexity.
In addition to Ravel's own transcriptions, his Waltz was reworked by other famous composers and pianists, such as Glenn Gould, who seemed to feel that there was no ‘definitive’ version of this composition for solo piano. On that occasion, Vladimir Milošević points out: ‘My goal is to stay true to Ravel's musical notation, yet in full awareness of the existence of other versions, including those for piano duo and two pianos. I want to achieve an interpretation that will convey to the listeners as much as possible the character and atmosphere of this incredibly complex and richly orchestrated composition, based on a series of contrasting characters, with the waltz rhythm remaining the main unifying factor.’
Tickets are on sale at the Kolarac box office and online on the kolarac.rs website at a single price of 1,000 RSD.
One of the most important Serbian pianists of his generation, Vladimir Milošević, acquired his primary and secondary music education in Leskovac, under professor Mila Veljković and then continued his studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, where he graduated and obtained his master's degree with professor Nevena Popović. He studied at the ‘Incontri col Maestro’ International Piano Academy in Imola (Italy) with Lazar Berman and Michel Dalberto and at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, a leading music conservatoire in Paris.
After winning the 2013 Rising Artist Concerto Presentation by the New York Concert Artists & Associates (NYCA), he performed the Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor by P. I. Tchaikovsky with the NYCA Symphony Orchestra at famous Carnegie Hall in New York. He has performed at festivals across Europe and the world: Paris, London, Berlin, Prague, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Milan, Lyon, Nice, Casablanca, Marrakech, Porto Alegre, Pelotas. As the winner of the ‘Concerti in Villa’ competition in Vicenza, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall. He has also given concerts throughout South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth as well as in Australia: Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
As a Schwartz Artist-in-Residence, he was a guest at Emory University in Atlanta, USA where he gave masterclasses and recitals as well as in China at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou. He was also a lecturer at the Global Summer Institute of Music festival, where, in addition to his master class, he performed solo at chamber music concerts in Richmond and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, USA. He regularly performs as a chamber musician with eminent soloists, such as Stefan Milenković, Dragan Đorđević, Roman Simović, Dmitrii Prokofiev, János Bálint, Dejan Gavrić, at festivals in Russia, Slovenia, Italy, Belgium and Serbia.
With Stefan Milenković, he had notable performances at festivals in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, as well as recently at the Arsana Festival in Ptuj (Slovenia) and the Ohrid Summer Festival (Northern Macedonia). With French pianists Michel Dalberto and Jean-Bernard Pommier and the Brittany Symphony Orchestra, he performed Mozart’s Concerto for three pianos at prestigious festivals in Rennes and Lille in France.


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