To the 140th anniversary of Sergey Rachmaninoff
Sergey Rachmaninoff is a composer of bright original gift, a pianist of genius who had no equal among contemporaries, outstanding conductor – “tripersonal divine being”. “I could never decide what my real mission is – composer, pianist, or conductor. There are moments when it seems to me that I should be only a composer, sometimes I suppose I’m a pianist only” , - Rachmaninoff wrote late in life. As a pianist Rachmaninoff was unanimously recognized as one of the greatest performers of piano art. His name was ranged with the names of F. Liszt and A. Rubenstein. His virtuoso skill was boundless, but he never put it to the foreground and entirely dedicated it to content artistic plot. Concerto is favourite genre to which the composer appealed during his lifetime. Creation of 4 piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini which is often called the Fifth Concerto, covered 51-year period of composer’s life. The First Concerto was written in 1891, the Second – in 1901, the Third – in 1909, the Fourth – in 1926 (the second edition of this concerto dates back to 1928, the third one was finished in 1941), Rhapsody – in 1943.
The Second Symphony has one of special places in his creative work. Famous Russian musical critic Nikolay Kashkin wrote that “one remained under constant fascination of musical beauty torrent”. Russian Musical Newspaper marked that this composition was “a holiday for everyone…who likes Russian music”. The composer devoted the symphony to S. Taneev, his Professor whom he loved and respected. The premiere of the symphony took place in Petersburg on January 26, 1908 and in Moscow on February 2. The author conducted in both concerts.
Alexander Sinchuk – laureate of prestigious International Competitions, including the IV International Rachmaninoff Competition (I Prize, Moscow, 2008); the IX Young pianists International Competition in commemoration of Vladimir Horowitz (I Prize, Gold Medal, Kiev, 2012); the “European Piano Nights” International Competition (I Prize, Luxemburg, 2012); IV Young pianists International Competition “Interlaken Classics” (I Prize, Bern, Switzerland, 2013) and others.
Alexander Sinchuk graduated with honours from Moscow Conservatory in 2011. From 2012 he studies at Thornton School of Music – University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) according to one of the most prestigious programs for outstanding young performers “Artist Diploma” in the class of world-famous pianist, laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, Professor Daniel Pollack.
Rise of Alexander Sinchuk’s career started after winning the IV International Rachmaninoff Competition in 2008 in Moscow, in which recital at legendary Carnegie Hall in New York was the main prize for nineteen-year-old pianist. Now the pianist’s activity continues at the concert halls in Moscow, in the cities of Russia, in near-abroad and far-abroad countries such as Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Israel, USA, Morocco, Turkey, Japan, and Korea.