Digital Only Release – Vestard Shimkus “A Concert in Paris” – New Recording on ARTALINNA Records – PRESS RELEASE


Vestard ShimkusA Concert in Paris (Preludes & Fugues)
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Chopin: Prelude on C-sharp minor, Op. 45 (1841); Scriabin: 5 Preludes, Op. 74 (1914); Debussy: Prèludes, Book II, L. 131 (1912-1913) – (V. Bruyéres; XII. Feux d’artifice); Gershwin: Prelude “Novelette in Fourths” (1919); Prelude “Melody No. 17” (1925); Prelude “Fragment” (1925); Prelude “Rubato” (1923); 3 Preludes (1927); Shimkus: North Wind. The Gothic Prelude and Fugue (2004); J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 BWV 853; Prelude and Fugue No. 9 BWV 854; Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue No. 14, Op, 87; Prelude and Fugue No. 15 Op. 87

Concept Overview

For this recital in Paris, in April 2019, the Latvian pianist Vestard Shimkus imagined a program focused on preludes and fugues. A first part devoted to preludes confirmed his affinity with Scriabin (Preludes Op. 74) and his performance in Debussy also displayed a bewildering art of suggestion. In the second part, introduced with a majestic composition by the pianist, two excerpts from J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, which preceded two of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, performed with an impressive dramatic force. A very original journey, spanning three centuries of musical creation, by one of the most fascinating personalities of the classical scene.

Artist Biography

Described as “a phenomenon” (conductor Paavo Jarvi), “superb” (American Record Guide) and “inspired” (BBC), pianist Vestard Shimkus (born 1984, Latvia) has also been called “one of the greatest pianists of the young generation” (Piano News).

Being a 1st-prize-winner of Maria Canals International Piano Competition (2009) and having been awarded with “Lotto-Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals” (2014) as well as nominated for the “International Classical Music Award” (2013), he began to gain an international recognition after performances with BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de France as well as after performing at Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Kissinger Sommer, Bergen and Lockenhaus festivals.

Shimkus began his piano studies at age of five in Riga and subsequently studied in Los Angeles, Madrid and Munich with Dmitri Bashkirov, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Daniel Pollack and Vadim Suchanov as well as composition with Peteris Vasks.

Vestard Shimkus has composed two piano concertos and several solo piano and chamber music works some of which have been published by “SCHOTT”. He has released eight CD albums and has given several completely improvised solo concerts.

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