DEBUT RECITAL BY JAKUB KUSZLIK, 4TH PRIZE WINNER OF THE 18TH INTERNATIONAL CHOPIN COMPETITION IN WARSAW
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Vancouver Playhouse( Click for directions )
600 Hamilton St, Vancouver
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For this concert we will sell 75% of the theatre’s capacity.
JAKUB KUSZLIK – award winner of some of today’s most prestigious competitions – 4th Prize winner and The Polish Radio Prize for best performance of mazurkas – of the 18th Chopin Competition. He was also the second prize winner of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and winner of the third prize in the ‘Top of the World’ International Competition in Tromso.
He has performed extensively throughout Poland and internationally, including the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway and Iceland.
His piano repertoire is very extensive and diverse, although he has an affinity and a special affection for classical works.
In a review of the Chopin Competition, Jed Distler in The Gramophone wrote: I’ve tended to focus on pianists whose particular character traits, talents and quirks (or lack thereof) readily manifest themselves. Consequently, several ‘dark horses’ have nearly escaped my attention, such as Jakub Kuszlik. I rewatched Kuszlik’s second-stage performance and quickly realised just how seriously I had underestimated him. [….] Indeed, Kuszlik is so musical that you only notice his remarkable virtuosity after the fact. He was born to play Chopin.
CHOPIN: 3 Waltzes, Op. 34
CHOPIN: 4 Mazurkas, Op. 30
CHOPIN: Nocturne in E major, Oo. 62, No. 2
CHOPIN: Scherzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
CHOPIN: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
RIght at the outset of Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor, the “mood” of the music is one of tragedy unfolding. Indeed, the entire piece gives the impression of some form of narrative flow, with a wealth of thematic materials that create their own inevitable structure.
From his earliest years, Chopin was always writing mazurkas, and his 4 Mazurkas (Op. 30) make up only a small portion of the fifty-plus works he composed. In these dances of the soul, the composer reveals to us his most intimate thoughts, and listening to them is akin to reading pages of his diary. No doubt, Jakub Kuszlik will give us his own individual glimpse into these remarkable works that contain some of Chopin’s most original music.
The dramatic Scherzo in C-sharp minor that ends the recital is characterized by a stark contrast between frenzied, almost schizophrenic, passages and a chorale-like sections interspersed with cascading falling broken chords, giving the impression of a beatific vision. This was a work composed during the composer’s ill-fated vacation to Majorca, which perhaps gives us an idea of his mood during this time.
I’ve tended to focus on pianists whose particular character traits, talents and quirks (or lack thereof) readily manifest themselves. Consequently, several ‘dark horses’ have nearly escaped my attention, such as Jakub Kuszlik. I rewatched Kuszlik’s second-stage performance and quickly realised just how seriously I had underestimated him. [….] Indeed, Kuszlik is so musical that you only notice his remarkable virtuosity after the fact. He was born to play Chopin.Jed Distler, The Gramophone
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