Solo recital programs

Balkans and Eastern Europe

Rhythm and colours of the Balkans

A rich and colourful program inspired by Balkan folklore and featuring some of the most creative and brilliant composers of the region, from the early 20th century to the early 21st century.

  • Josip Štolcer-Slavenski, Songs and Dances from the Balkans
  • Antun Dobronić, Yugoslavian folk dances
  • Béla Bartók, Romanian Dances
  • Ana Sokolović, Dances and Interludes
  • Marko Tajčević, Seven Balkan Dances
  • Vasilije Mokranjac, Six Dances

Excerpt (Mokranjac)

Eastern Winds

Mystical sounds from Eastern Europe, combining newer and minimalist voices, with beloved classics:

  • Vladimir Tošić, Varial
  • Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, Waltz OR Sakura Variations
  • Arno Babajanian, Elegy
  • Frédéric Chopin, Nocturnes op.9, 48, 55  & 27
  • Sergey Rachmaninov, Etudes-Tableaux op.33 & 39 (excerpts)
  • Marko Tajčević, Seven Balkan Dances

Excerpts (Chopin, Tošić, Tajčević)

The Romantic Soul of the Piano

Delve into the piano's naturally romantic soul through some of the most beloved (and unexpected!) works of the 19th and 20th centuries:

  • Johannes Brahms, Intermezzi op.117
  • Franz Schubert, Impromptu op.90 n.3
  • Frédéric Chopin, Fantaisie-Impromptu, Nocturnes op.9, 48, 55 & 27
  • Sergey Rachmaninov, Etudes-Tableaux op.33 & 39 (excerpts)
  • Dejan Despić, Nocturne
  • Franz Liszt, Rigoletto Paraphrase

Excerpts 1 (Chopin, Nocturne op.9)

Excerpts 2 (Liszt, Rigoletto)

Baroque Repertoire

J.S. Bach and the French and Italian Styles

Beautiful works by the great master of counterpoint, J.S. Bach, inspired by French and Italian styles:

  • Elisabetta de Gambarini, Sonata in D minor
  • Domenico Scarlatti, Selected sonatas
  • J.S. Bach, Italian Concerto BWV 971
  • Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Chaconne
  • Pancrace Royer, La Marche des Scythes
  • J.S. Bach, French Overture BWV 831

J.S. Bach – Center stage

Discover some of the most beautiful works by J.S. Bach!

  • Prelude and fugue in f-sharp minor BWV 883
  • French Overture BWV 831
  • Partita no.2 BWV 826
  • Italian Concerto BWV 971

Upcoming programs

Season 2023-2024

Three Centuries of Sonatas

A unique take on the evolution of the piano sonata from the 19th century to today.

  • Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Easter Sonata
  • Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, Sonata n.1
  • Leo Purich, Sonata op.136

À la croisée des pianos

This program is featured at the piano recital series organized by the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ).

  • Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, Waltz
  • Snežana Nešić, Purpur

Programs in preparation (2024 and onwards)

Minimalist journey

Explore a wide range of beautiful minimalist works from Europe and the USA, both current and older:

  • Vladimir Tošić, Varial
  • Arvo Pärt, Für Alina
  • Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, Sakura Variations
  • Philip Glass, Etudes (excerpt)
  • Other works TBD

Excerpts (Pashu, Sakura Variations)

The Etude Across Time and Style

Discover some of the most innovative and unique works in the genre, alongside the classic masterpieces by giant pianist-composers such as F. Chopin and S. Rachmaninov:

  • Frédéric Chopin, Etudes op.25 (excerpts)
  • Luigi Dallapicolla, Sonata canonica secondo i capricci di Niccolo Paganini
  • Svetlana Maksimovic, Three Choreographic Etudes
  • Sergey Rachmaninov, Etudes-Tableaux op.33 & 39 (excerpts)
  • Ana Sokolovic, Etude
  • Dejan Despic, Humoristic Etudes (excerpts)
  • Philip Glass, Etudes (excerpts)

Concerto repertoire

Classical

W.A. Mozart - Concerto no.27 in B-flat major

Romantic

E. Grieg – Concerto in A minor

Modern

Ljubica Marić – Byzantine Concerto

Chamber music

Piano trios and quartets

B. Bartók – Contrasts for piano, violin and clarinette

L. van Beethoven – Trio for piano and strings op.97 "Archduke"

J. Brahms – Quartet for piano and strings in C minor op. 60

A. Dvořák – Trio for piano, violin and cello “Dumky”

E. Fabregas – Voces de mi tierra (Voices of my Homeland) for piano, flute and cello

K. Hoover – Lyric trio for piano, flute and cello

A. Piazzolla – The Seasons for piano, violin and viola

M. Ravel – Trio for piano, violin and cello

Créations d'oeuvres contemporaines

Miodrag Lazarov Pashu:

  • Cadenza 1 for violin and piano – world premiere (2009)
  • Second sonata for violin and piano – world premiere (2010)
  • Time 5 for 2 pianos – American premiere(2011)
  • Waltz for solo piano – world premiere (2012)


David Clay Mettens:

  • Incensories for large ensemble (piccolo/flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, percussion, 2 cellos, double bass, piano) – world premiere (2011)
  • Three Sonnets for mezzo-soprano and piano based on Poems by Edna de St-Vincent Malo – world premiere (2012)
  • Songs for my People pour ensemble et soprano – world premiere (2013)

David Hier:

  • Piano quartet

Deux pianos

A. Arensky – Suite n. 4

Anderson & Roe / Vivaldi – Sento nel Seno

F. Chopin – Rondo op 73

S. Rachmaninov – Suite for two pianos no. 2

Violin and piano

J.S. Bach – Sonatas for violin and keyboard in E major BWV 1016 and C minor BWV 1017

B. Bartók – Romanian folk dances transcribed for violin and piano by Z. Szekely

L. van Beethoven – Sonata in F major op.24 for violin and piano

W. A. Mozart – Sonatas for violin and piano in G major K.301, E minor K. 304 and B-flat major K. 378

S. Prokofiev – Sonata for flute (violin or clarinet) and piano in D major

P. de Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen op.20 no.1

R. Shchedrin – Alla Albeniz for violin and piano

F. Schubert – Sonatine for violin and piano in A minor