A guest recital by Martino Tirimo, piano.
Martin Tirimo is part of the Oberlin-Como Residency program and a Concerto Competition judge.
Born in Cyprus but living in London since his early teens, Martino Tirimo was performing Concertos from age eight and when only twelve conducted seven complete performances of ‘La Traviata’, with soloists from La Scala, Milan. After studies in London and Vienna, victories at the international competitions in Munich and Geneva launched his international career. He has since performed all over the world with most top orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony, Philharmonia and numerous others and has worked with conductors including Barbirolli, Boult, Bychkov, Klee, Marriner, Masur, Norrington, Rattle and Kurt Sanderling. In 2010 alone, he gave over 100 concerts including the complete works of Chopin at London’s Kings Place, described by critics as ‘a colossal feat’.
He has made over 60 recordings for EMI, BMG, Warner and other companies including the complete works of Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Janacek, Schubert’s 21 Sonatas and the Concertos of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Tippett (with composer conducting). In 1995 he won a Gold Disc for his Rachmaninov Concerto 2 and ‘Paganini’ Rhapsody, one of EMI’s best-sellers. Since 2002 he has also been active in chamber music, touring extensively with his Trio, the Rosamunde. He also works with talented young pianists and 12 of his students have won first prizes at international competitions.
His repertoire embraces 80 Concertos and nearly the entire solo works of the great composers, and at present he is recording all the Chopin works at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. In 2011 he was awarded the Nemitsas Foundation Prize for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences. The Daily Telegraph characterised him as ‘a pianist of vision’ and ‘an inspiring poet of the piano’, whilst Musical Opinion described him as ‘a true giant of the keyboard’.
A frequent performer at international festivals, in 2004 he performed at the Athens Festival during the Olympic period with the Vienna Philharmonic, and prior to the Games had the honour to run with the Olympic torch, perhaps the first classical musician to do so. More recently he had exceptional successes in China and Japan. Music and Vision has declared that ‘Tirimo’s playing belongs to a past generation of ‘greats’. Listening to him I conjure up aural images of Solomon, Arrau, Kempff, Serkin, Schnabel and Rubinstein. Throughout the evening one was consistently aware that this supreme musician placed himself entirely at the service of the composer’.
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CLAUDE DEBUSSY: 12 Préludes for Piano, Book I
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960
Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
Allegro ma non troppo