Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor, K213
Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 26, op 81a “Les Adieux”. The Farewell Adagio-allegro ,The Absence Andante espressivo , The Return Vivacissimamente
Brahms – 3 Intermezzi,op 117
Liszt – Transcendental Etudes – “Paysage” & “Mazeppa”
A Scarlatti Sonata in D minor immediately showed his musical credentials with a very expressive and delicate almost operatic cantabile of great meaning.
It was the same meaning that he brought to the opening of Beethoven’s Les Adieux Sonata with a poignant farewell that then sped along with such pastoral innocence as the distant horns answered each other from afar.The heartache of an absence of radiant beauty to be joyously awakened by the surprise return.All depicted so vividly by this young Turkish born pianist with a scrupulous attention to Beethoven’s very precise indications.
The three intermezzi op 117 were played with sumptuous beauty.
The simplicity of the first was contrasted with the gently flowing heartbeat of the second and the elegant nostalgia of the third.
But it was with the two Transcendental Studies by Liszt that a flood gate of emotions opened up and a dynamic participation that was truly spellbinding.
The simplicity of Paysage where his sense of colour was quite mesmerising as he added colour upon colour until the sumptuous climax , ritenuto ed appassionata assai,that gave way to the gradual return to the serenity of this beautiful landscape that Liszt depicts with such simplicity.
It was Mazeppa though that unleashed the devil in Can Arisoy as he threw caution to the wind in a breathtaking all or nothing performance that was quite enthralling.
The conversation with Dr Elena Vorotko immediately after such an extraordinary performance just demonstrated the sensitive musicianship and intelligence of this twenty one year old pianist who had come to study at the Menuhin school at the age of fourteen and is now completing his studies at the Guildhall in London.
Critically acclaimed pianist Can Arisoy was born in 2000 in Turkey. Can is the 2nd prize winner in the 2016 Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition in London and 2016 Nilüfer International Piano Competition. He was awarded The Young Talent Prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition and was a finalist at the 2020 International Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships. Can started his piano studies at the age of 5. In 2006 he attended The Bilkent University’s junior music department with a full scholarship. He gave his first concert at the age of 7 and his first orchestral concert as a soloist at the age of 11 with Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave a recital on Turkish National Radio 3 Ankara. At the same age, Can gained a place at The Yehudi Menuhin School with a full scholarship to study with Prof. Marcel Baudet. Can has worked with pianists such as; Boris Berman, Paul Roberts, Murray MacLahclan, Edith Fischer, Idil Biret, Robert Levin, Gülsin Onay, David Dolan, José Ramón Mendez, Markus Schirmer, Paul Coker, Jeremy Young, Pierre Réach and Jean Bernard Pommier in International Masterclasses. Since the age of 14, Can has performed in England, Turkey, France, Spain, and Austria, in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, Champs Hill, Clapham Omnibus, London King’s Place, Gloucester Music Society, Bilkent Concert Hall and Saygun Hall. He played with The Pelly Concert Orchestra in 2017 and The Dorking Chamber Orchestra in 2018 as a soloist and performed in music festivals including The Gstaad Music Festival, ISA Piano Festival, Gümüslük International Piano Festival, Music Alp International Music Academy and Chethams Piano Series. In 2018 his performance of Brahms’ Horn Trio was chosen for The Yehudi Menuhin School 2018 Highlights CD. In the same year, Can became a “Talent Unlimited” artist in the UK. In 2019 he gave his first Masterclass at the Izzet Baysal Fine Arts University in Turkey. Can is continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof. Caroline Palmer. Can is generously supported by Zetland Foundation, Talent Unlimited, and Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation.