Thursday 2 June 3.00 pm
I had heard these remarkable musicians at the Razumovsky Academy of Oleg Kogan last April when they were playing in trio with the equally remarkable Lovell-Jones.
I had even heard Ariel recently in a solo recital
and Yoanna two years ago with her regular duo partner Mihai Ritivoiu.
I was tempted this afternoon to listen to Ariel and Yoanna in duo this time and to appreciate once again their superb musicianship in three sonatas for ‘cello and piano.I can only add my admiration and appreciation for the simplicity of the Schubert followed by the streams of mellifluous sounds in Fauré and ending with the scintillating early Sonata by Strauss.A wonderful afternoon of music making at its best and I was glad to have chosen to be bewitched by their playing rather than being roasted on the beach from where I was listening in Italy.Today is a bank holiday for the 66th Anniversary of the foundation of the Republic whilst celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee are well under way I hear in the UK.
Cellist Yoanna Prodanova was born in 1992 in Varna, Bulgaria. She completed her studies in 2019 at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she was a Bicentenary Scholar on the prestigious Advanced Diploma course, already having obtained her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Previously she studied in Varna and in Montreal where her family immigrated in 2006. He has performed concertos with the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra, the Amati Orchestra, the Surrey Philharmonic and the Guildford Symphony Orchestra among others. She regularly performs as a recitalist in the UK and Europe. Her debut album including works by Janacek, Fauré and Chopin with Mihai Ritiviu was released in 2020 on the Linn Records label. She has also recorded the Brahms clarinet trio with Joseph Shiner and Somi Kim for Orchid Records. Yoanna’s awards include The Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists (2016), the Sylva Gelber Award (2017, 2018), Tunnell Trust Award (2019) and the First prize at the International Joachim Competition in Weimar with her string quartet, the Barbican Quartet.She is extremely grateful to the Canimex Group for the loan of a beautiful cello made by Giuseppe Gagliano in 1788.
In 2021, Ariel Lanyi won third prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, and was a prize winner in the inaugural Young Classical Artists Trust (London) and Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions. Over the last year Ariel has made his debut at Wigmore Hall and participated in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont,. As soloist he performed Brahms Concerto No.2 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Concerto No.2 at the Royal Academy of Music. This season Ariel returns to give performances in the Miami Piano Festival and at Wigmore Hall, as well as recitals in Rome kand across the UK, and performances with orchestras in Israel and in the US, playing concerti by Mozart and Brahms. Born in Jerusalem in 1997, in 2021 Ariel completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London after studying at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix Animato Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist award at the Rubinstein Competition. Ariel is a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist
Hats off again to Dr Hugh Mather and his team that allowed me and many more world wide to appreciate the wonders that are a regular occurrence in the beautiful little redundant church of St Mary’s in Perivale.