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"Moving Pictures" by pianist Alina Kiryayeva is a two-set collection of the most exciting and colorful classical masterworks featured in famous movies and cartoons. 

Works by Liszt, Chopin and Beethoven have captivated and delighted audiences of all ages with her unique interpretations and captivating stage presence, as virtuosic fireworks of nearly unplayable piano transcriptions simply take listeners’ breath away.
 Familiar melodies bring to life such cinematographic masterpieces as “Immortal Beloved” and “Love Story,” which featured Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata. Also showcased is “Clair de Lune” by Debussy, from the 1940 soundtrack to “Larry Adler,” and is still featured in contemporary movies (such as “Twilight”). And Rhapsody by Liszt will surely bring smiles to everybody’s face with an accompanying slideshow of cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Tom the Cat.

 June van Thoen, Director of the Abendmusik Concert Series in Morristown, N.J., says of “Moving Pictures”: “The combination of musical artistry, phenomenal skills, and informative and entertaining commentary made the event so special. The audience is still talking about it. Brava!”

Rob Klinger of Klinger Entertainment adds, “I have never heard a piano played like that!”

ALINA KIRYAYEVA
BIO

Praised for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound, Alina Kiryayeva captivates the audiences with her profound philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence.

A native of the Ukraine, Ms.Kiryayeva performed her first solo recital at age 8 and her solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11. The First Prize winner of the Senigallia International Competition, Italy, Ms. Kiryayeva has also claimed top prizes in several international piano competitions in the USA, including the Grace Welsh International Competition, and the California Young Artist International Competition. She was honored by the Ukrainian President, Leonid Kravchuk, with the State Award for Achievements in Arts. One of very few classical pianists that completed both Bachelor and Master degrees at The Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship, she has also been awarded the Fannie Gottlieb-Harkavi Scholarship and Susan Rose Piano Scholarship.

Ms. Kiryayeva has toured Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and United States. She has performed with the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre Orchestras, The Imperial Valley Symphony orchestra and New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra.

In 2013 Ms. Kiryayeva released a solo piano album "Sonatas", which was featured on 150th broadcast of "Women in Music" on CKWR Radio in Ontario, Canada.

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich,  and internationally acclaimed counter-tenor Terry Barber. In an award-winning collaboration with the distinguished clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov Alina appeared in New York debut recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall,  in Chamber Music Marathon at the Morse Recital Hall, New York, the Concerto Takes Manhattan Series at Yamaha Hall in New York, Young Artist Concert Series in Bergenfield, NJ and the Concert Series at Jefferson’s Ferry, NY.

Ms.Kiryayeva's upcoming chamber music performances include appearances in Steinway Series at Smithsonian Museum and in the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

PROGRAM:

Nicolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)

“Flight of the Bumblebee" from the opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan”(arr. G. Cziffra)

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810 - 1849)

Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Postm.
Etude no.5, Op.10

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor
"Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight"
Adagio sostenuto Allegretto Presto agitato

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)

Andante maestoso from “The Nutcracker” Suite (arr. M. Pletnev)

Sergei RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
Prelude in G sharp minor, Op.32, No.12

Intermission

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Prelude from Pour le piano, L. 95
Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque, L. 75

Franz LISZT (1811-1886)

Grandes études de Paganini, S.141 - No.3 “La Campanella”
Notturno No.3 in A flat major from Liebesträume S.541
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2

 

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