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Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
Yevgeny Yontov, Piano
Hommage à Poulenc (4’)
Earl Wild (1915 – 2010)
Étude No. 3 pour les quartes (6’)
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 58 (25’)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
IV. Finale. Presto non tanto; Agitato
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
The Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov began his musical studies at the age of six with Adela Umansky, and later received his B.Mus degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. He then moved to the US to study with Prof. Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, where he received his M.M. degree and is currently pursuing his D.M.A.
Top prizes at international competitions include the gold medal at the Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana, 1st prize at the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel, and additional prizes in competitions such as the Olga Kern International Piano Competition in New Mexico, and the International Piano Competition in Pinerolo, Italy.
As an active chamber musician, Mr. Yontov has played chamber concerts in Israel, Europe, South America, Canada and the US, in venues that include Carnegie Hall in New York and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., with colleagues as well as with distinguished artists, such as David Shifrin, Paul Neubauer, and members of established quartets like the Orion and Miro Quartets. He has also performed in numerous festivals, most recently as a Protégé Artist in “Chamber Music Northwest,” Portland, Oregon.
As a solo artist, he has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras, on stages in Israel, the US, Korea, and in many European countries. He also performed on Israeli national TV, and recorded for Israeli, Portuguese and US radio stations.