Since winning the Liszt competition in Utrecht in 2008, Amsterdam-based Georgian
pianist Nino Gvetadze has been immersed in the composer’s works. Her 2010 BBT
award realised her dream of not only recording Liszt, but also commissioning a
short film to highlight the release of her CD Widmung (Orchid Classics)
in the composer’s bicentennial year. Graham Johnston’s ethereal animation of Gretchen am Spinnrade evokes the surging emotion and beauty of the
music with delicate line drawings that dance across the screen. Nino makes her
UK debut at the Cadogan Hall on 1 October with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Paul Hoskins when she performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1.
For his debut CD, Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar has chosen works written in the
first decade of the 20th century: Ravel’s Miroirs and Sonatine
paired with Rachmaninov’s rarely performed or recorded Sonata No.1. The CD is
released in October 2011 on the Benelux-based Etcetera label.
Erik Bosgraaf’s latest CD for Brilliant Classics, of Bach Concerti, is released
in November 2011, coinciding with his residency at the Van Wassenaer Festival at
the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam when he will play the new recorders BBT recently
commissioned for him.