FANTASIES & ETUDES
PIANO RECITAL BY ANTON GERZENBERG
WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2022
VICTORIA CONCERT HALL
First prize winner at the 15th Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, Switzerland in 2021, rising star pianist Anton Gerzenberg studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and is a champion of new music and classics, collaborating with the likes of Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein.
This June, Gerzenberg presents a fascinating programme of contrasts on multiple levels. There are the seemingly free-form fantasies (Schubert’s Wanderer and Scriabin’s B minor) compared with the specialised keyboard études or studies (Chopin’s Op. 25 and Unsuk Chin’s 6 Etudes), and their evolution in musical language from the past to the present day.
“Gerzenberg was in a league of his own.” (Musical America)
UNSUK CHIN - 6 Etudes
SCHUBERT – Wanderer Fantasy, D 760
SCRIABIN – Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28
CHOPIN - 12 Etudes, Op. 25
(Programme subject to change at the artist's discretion)
ANTON GERZENBERG, piano
Born in 1996 in Hamburg, Anton Gerzenberg began to play the piano at the age of four. His teachers include Julia Suslin and Julia Botchkovskaia in Hamburg, Jan Jiracek von Arnim in Vienna and currently Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Cologne.
In 2019 he became one of the founders of the New Music ensemble ÉRMA in Cologne, who played their first concert in close collaboration with Unsuk Chin. Anton appeared in chamber music with such musicians as Martha Argerich, Dora Schwarzberg and Alvise Vidolin as well as with various orchestras including the Taipeh Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Symphoniker, Hamburger Camerata, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich.
He is also a frequent guest at festivals including the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Accademia Chigiana in Siena and the Mozartfest Würzburg.
In June 2021 Anton won the First Prize at the 15th Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, Switzerland.
Highlights of the season include debuts with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, in Wiener Konzerthaus, an extended Asia Recital Tour to Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea and adventures in Contemporary Music that feature works by Marco Stroppa, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann and Sarah Nemtsov, as well as new works by Beat Furrer and Judit Varga, among others.