Joanna Kacperek at St Mary’s A scintillating display of style and musicianship

Tuesday 7 December 3.00 pm

Soler: 4 Keyboard Sonatas: 
K 104 in D Minor, 
K 102 in D Minor, 
K 106 in E Minor, 
K 88 in D Flat Major 

Schubert: Piano Sonata in B Major D 575
Allegro / Andante / Scherzo / Allegro

Chopin: Rondo a la Mazur Op 5

Scriabin: Sonata no 2 in G Sharp Minor Op 19
Andante/ Presto

Joanna Kacperek standing in at very short notice for a pianist stranded in Austria!A scintillating display of dexterity and style with four Sonatas by the ‘Spanish’Scarlatti -Antonio Soler.He wrote 471 Sonatas rarely heard and so it was refreshing to hear four of them played with vibrant rhythmic energy and crisp delicate passage work shaped by a true musician as you might expect from the school of Norma Fisher.
An eclectic choice of programme too with Schubert’s rarely heard B major Sonata given a reading of both beauty and intelligence.Chopin’s Rondo op 5 was played by a native who brought Chopins early sparkling rondo vividly to life with irresistible charm,grace and scintillating virtuosity.
Scriabin’s two movement Fantasy Sonata was played with sumptuous colour and a sense of line that gave great coherence to this ravishing early work of Scriabin.The second movement was played with passion and great technical flair by this beautiful young Polish but Ealing based pianist.It was very refreshing to see her husband the pianist Andrew Yiangou following with such pride his talented partner in life.There must be something about the air in Ealing that produces such talented and dedicated people!

International concert pianist, Joanna Kacperek has performed in major concert halls in Poland (Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, NOSPR in Katowice) and abroad (including United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Russia, the Ukraine, Canada and Japan). As a soloist, she has performed with such orchestras as the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra. In 2021 Joanna graduated with distinction from The Royal College of Music in London in the class of Norma Fisher, as the recipient of the C. Bechstein Scholarship and The Zetland Foundation Scholarship. J oanna is also a graduate from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (diploma with distinction) where she studied with Ewa Poblocka. She also studied at the ‘Berlin University of Arts’ in Germany (academic year 2016/2017) where she was mentored by Professor Markus Groh as the receipt of an Erasmus scholarship. Joanna has also received the scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and the Prime Minister. Joanna Kacperek has won international piano competitions in Szafarnia (‘F.Chopin’), Pilsen (‘B.Smetana’), Paris (‘M.Magin’) as well as the National Witold Lutoslawski Music Competition in Warsaw. The achievements of the pianist include winning a special prize at the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen (2016), granted unanimously by the jury and the composer Christian Blom for the best performance of his work. In November 2017, together with violinist Roksana Kwasnikowska, Joanna won The 2 nd International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition, organized by The Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre, Internationale Beethoven Gesellschaft and The Ludwig van Beethoven Association. Alongside a growing career as a soloist, Joanna Kacperek is highly celebrated for being a multi-faceted pianist. She regularly performs with singers and instrumental players. Her duo with violinist Roksana Kwasnikowska represented Poland at the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Japan (2015) and regularly performs recitals both in Poland and abroad. In 2021 she was chosen as Young Artist and took part in The Leeds Lieder Festival 2021 (duo with Ava Dodd).


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