Friday 13th August : Maya Irgalina (piano)

A concert of smiles and grins for summer holiday uplift – especially if you’re disgruntled at not being allowed abroad! We’re breathing sultry Spanish, French and Italian air. A Russian jazzman’s in Brazil, a German giant and a Japanese lady are having a laugh. The exotic, the dreamy, some jazz-cool, the crazy . . . and Baroque, elevated in different light.  See below for the programme:

Albeniz:  ‘Jerez’ and ‘Triana’ from ‘Iberia’

Debussy: ‘Reverie’

Scarlatti: Three Sonatas – in G minor K121, in D K534, in G K146

Beethoven: Bagatelle – Caprice, ‘Rage Over A Lost Penny’ Op 129

Kapustin: ‘Paraphrase on Aquarela do Brazil’ and Jazz Variations Op 41

Hiromi Uehara: ‘The Tom and Jerry Show’

Maya Irgalina of Minsk, Belarus, is enjoying a dual piano career not only on the solo platform with a distinctive repertoire, but collaboratively with the promising singers coming through London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It’s there she worked with solo and accompanist specialists Ronan O’Hora and Julius Drake. 

Covid put paid to one special London concert for her with the celebrated Natalie Clein (cello) and Kate Royal (soprano). 

She took the Gold Medal at her first alma mater, the Royal Northern College of Music, after which she became a Wigmore Hall recitalist and a concerto soloist with City of Birmingham SO. In 2016 she appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican in conductor Semyon Bychkov’s revelatory Tchaikovsky Project ‘Beloved Friend’. And in 2018 she was a Britten-Pears Young Artist.

Maya Irgalina  is an associate artiste of The International Interview Concerts. Her name is pronounced “Eer-gaaar-linna”, but she confesses to being enamoured by its more Italianate mispronunciation of “Ear-ga-leeena”!