Danbury Symphony Orchestra: Ravel and Debussy: 20th Century French Masterpieces
The Danbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ariel Rudiakov, performs works of French Impressionist composers, Ravel and Debussy. Soloist Asiya Korepanova, piano, will perform Ravel’s Concerto in G Major
Admission to this concert is free thanks to the generous support of Peg Heetman.
Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door
Ariel Rudiakov, Music Director and Conductor, Danbury Symphony Orchestra
Asiya Korepanova, piano
Asiya Korepanova is a creative force. Her virtuosity as a pianist is best defined by a supreme level of technical aptitude, combined with her acutely individualized musical interpretations. A broad and unique artist, she expresses herself through several mediums; transcription, visual arts, poetry and composition. Through exploring and combining these art forms, Asiya continually rediscovers new ways to apply her creativity. Having an extensive piano repertoire, she is most fond of performing entire piano cycles. She is currently the only pianist to perform the complete 24 Franz Liszt Etudes at the same recital, a collection of pieces notorious for their prowess and dexterity, each etude effectively serving as a symphonic poem within itself.
In accordance with this passion, in 2017 Asiya launched ‘Festival Baltimore’, a two-week chamber music series and summer academy featuring the complete works of composers in various genres. In its first two years at the Linehan Hall of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the festival has already solidified its reputation as a highly original musical series, both in concept and context; offering a distinctive twist on programming.
An enthusiastic transcriber, Asiya composed the first ever transcriptions of Richard Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben”, for piano solo and complete Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata. Among her other transcriptions are works by Faure, Berg, Amy Beach, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Franck and others.
Many of her transcriptions can be heard in her YouTube vlog project “Midnight Pieces”, a one of its kind project launched in September, 2017. The weekly vlog presents 53 pieces over the course of 12 months, a new piece presented each week. Curated in groupings of four, each four week section is comprised of a well-known piece, a piece by a Russian composer, an obscure piece, and a transcription by Asiya.
Asiya has performed more than 55 piano concertos with orchestras. She has worked with Hans Graf, Joseph Silverstein, Michael Butterman, Enrique Mazzola, Vladimir Spivakov, Mark Gorenstein, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Jeffrey Rink, Peter Tiboris and Ion Marin; playing in the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Australia, Kuwait, and India.
She developed and performed several multimedia projects with her own poetry and drawings set to Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Tchaikovsky’s Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72. She performs them live, featuring projection of her artwork and narrating the poetry between playing each separate piece of music.
The daughter of a composer, Asiya has premiered 3 concertos of Russian contemporary composers, Vladislav Kazenin and Shamil Timerbulatov, together with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Saint Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra.
In the United States, she premiered the Faust concerto for Piano, Flute and Saxophone by Thomas Sleeper. Also, she commissioned a piano concerto and series of transcendental etudes by American composer Matthew Evan Taylor. Other engagements included; collaborations with trumpet virtuoso Craig Morris during the world premiere of “The Lightning Fields”- a new composition from Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, and the European premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s Sonata for Piano and Alto saxophone “Seven Deadly Sins”- performed with saxophone legend Dale Underwood.
Asiya was born in 1984 in Izhevsk, Russia. Raised in a musical family, she began to learn piano when she was 4 years old from her mother, her first piano teacher. She was taught to read music in orchestral clefs by her father, an exemplary composer, at the age of 6. At 9, she had her orchestral debut, with Mozarts’ no 8 Concerto, adding her own cadenza, and her first philharmonic recital.
She was awarded the Russian Federation’s President Award for “Exceptional Achievement in the Arts” when she was 12. She has been honored with the National Award from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), Germany’s Berliner Salon Award (2003), and Russia’s Youth Triumph Award (2005). In 2009, she became an Honored Artist of Udmurtia, and a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Society.
Asiya moved to the United States in 2012, at the invitation of renowned concert pianist Santiago Rodriguez. In the same year, she became a Gold Medal winner at the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has garnered national attention and performed at and participated in; the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Bargemusic Series and Symphony Space in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, the Pianoforte Foundation Series in Chicago and the Sarasota Artist Series. In addition, she has made appearances in Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta. Her recitals have been broadcasted nationally by NPR stations WFMT and WETA. Recently, CNN featured Asiya performing, and covered the specialized programs she offers school children.
Asiya launched “Music for Minds”, a non-profit organization with a dual primary focus; bringing classical performances to children directly to their classrooms, and creating music festivals with unique programming.
This season, Asiya will be publishing her recording featuring the complete Rachmaninoff sonatas, including the first ever solo piano transcription of Rachmaninoff Cello sonata which she completed in 2014. A special DVD of Asiya performing at the Tchaikovsky’s birthplace upon an invitation from the Russian government will also be released. In June 2019, she will be running the Festival Baltimore for the third time, collaborating with world-renowned musicians and offering versatile number of programs, each being a complete set of works of a given composer.