Sat May 6, 2017 7:30pm

Nicolas Namoradze, pianist-composer

Sponsored by: The Drozdoff Society and Lyric Hall Theater

The Impromptu! Classical Music Recital Series is very proud to present a vibrant young talent, composer and pianist Nicolas Namoradze.

His eclectic program tonight:

Beethoven: Eroica Variations Op. 35
Drozdoff: Sonata No. 17


Schumann: Humoreske Op. 20
Balakirev: Islamey
Namoradze: To be announced


“I must admit, never have I heard such a Liszt B-minor Sonata as I did from Nicolas Namoradze. It’s not only due to the technical perfection, but more importantly to the strength of the conception … and the sheer level of artistic realization that I take my hat off to him” – Zoltán Kocsis in an interview to Hungarian news portal Fidelio.

24-year-old pianist and composer NICOLAS NAMORADZE, whose performances have been hailed by critics as “sparkling… sensitive and coloristic” (New York Times) and “simply gorgeous” (Wall Street Journal), has given recitals at prestigious venues in several countries around the world. He has appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors in Europe and the Unites States, and his performances in Hungary, Georgia, Spain and the US have been broadcast on radio and television. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading artists and festivals in the United States.

Following his critically acclaimed US debut performing Messiaen’s “Oiseaux Exotiques” with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under the baton of Ken-David Masur at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in 2012 (while holding the Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Center) Nicolas was invited to spend the 2013 season at Tanglewood as a New Fromm Player, specializing in contemporary music.
Highlights of this past season include a residency at New York’s Chelsea Music Festival as a featured pianist and composer, appearances at the Bravo! Vail Festival as an inaugural Piano Fellow, engagements with the Albany and Newburgh Symphony Orchestras, and the composition of the score for Fabienne Verdier’s film Walking Painting.

Nicolas was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and grew up in Budapest, Hungary, where he began his piano studies at the age of seven. When he was eleven, Nicolas entered the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students at Budapest’s Liszt Academy of Music. After completing his undergraduate studies in Budapest, Vienna and Florence, Nicolas moved to New York to pursue his Master’s at Juilliard. He is now a Doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center under the tutelage of Emanuel Ax and Yoheved Kaplinsky, holding the Graduate Center Fellowship.

This event is a production of The Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu! Classical Music Recital Series and the Lyric Hall Theater of New Haven, Connecticut.


Admission: $25/18/5/0
Lyric Hall Theater
827 Whalley Avenue
New Haven
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