Concert Lecture Series: The Music of Bortkiewicz


Starts in 15 Days, 18 Hours

October 4, 2019 9:45 am

1st Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road, Darien, CT

Dr. Pavel Gintov will present a lecture-recital on Sergei Bortkiewicz, one of the most unjustly overlooked composers. During his life, Bortkiewicz was oppressed and persecuted by both Soviet and Nazi regimes. A brilliant pianist and composer, he was also a refugee and a survivor of two world wars and a civil war. The style of Bortkiewicz’s music derives from the great Romantic composers of the 19th century. He adopted Liszt’s rich and brilliant piano writing, Chopin’s lyricism and humanness, imagery of Schumann’s character pieces, Wagner’s imaginative harmony.

Pavel Gintov’s CD of piano works by Bortkiewicz has been praised as “the major release” by the Fanfare Magazine and as a “true discovery” by radio France Musique. Pianist Pavel Gintov has been described as “a poet of the keyboard” by Marty Lash of the Illinois Entertainer, and as a “musical storyteller” by the Japanese publication Shikoku News. Dr. Gintov won a First Prize in the Premiere Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, First Prize in the 2010 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. Dr. Gintov is also an avid chamber music performer. He was also awarded the prize for best collaborative pianist in the International Paganini Violin Competition in Moscow. Dr. Gintov graduated with honors from Moscow State Conservatory. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Nina Svetlanova.