An Evening of Piano & Violin

Lana Suran, Piano

Eva Aronian, Violin

Friday, November 4
7:30 PM

M. Steinert & Sons The Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street – Route 9
Natick, Mass.

Please join us for an evening of delightful piano and violin music, as we welcome Lana Suran and Eva Aronian to our Natick Mall Performance Center. Admission to this concert is free, but seating is limited. Please reserve your place by visiting here or by calling (508) 655-7373.

PROGRAM

Bartok – Six Romanian Folk Dances Sz. 56

  1. Bot tánc (Stick Dance)
  2. Brâul (Sash Dance)

III. Topogó (In one pot)

  1. Bucsumí tánc (Dance from Bucsum)
  2. Román polka (Romanian polka)
  3. Aprózó (Fast Dance) 

Brahms – Sonata no.3 in D minor 

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio

III. Un poco presto e con sentimento

  1. Presto Agitato

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Lana Suran

Swedish pianist Lana Anikina Suran (b. 1992) gave her first public performance at the age of five and is the winner of SWEA International’s “Paskéll Prize for the Arts 2015”.  She has performed in venues such as, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, Victor Borge Hall, Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Scandinavian Cultural Center, The Atheneum, Temple University, McKenna Theatre, Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Concert Noble in Brussels, Petruzzelli Opera House, Nostra Signora della Rovere Sanctuary, Konserthuset in Stockholm, Konserthuset in Gothenburg, Sjöströmsalen, Helsingborg Konserthus, Berwaldhallen, Royal Castle in Stockholm, FORUM, Wiener Saal, Mozarteum, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Grand Hall and Small Hall of Tbilisi State Conservatory, among others. Lana won first prize at the First Steinway Competition in Gothenburg (2001) at the age of eight. She won first prize in all national Swedish competitions before turning sixteen. Other awards include: First prize in Peter Jablonski Piano Competition, Swedish Young Soloist (SM för Unga Solister) and Berlindske Tidendes Musikkonkurence in Denmark. Silver Medal at the 17th Young Musician International Competition Citta di Barletta in Italy, Bronze Medal at the Giovanni Talenti International Competition in Italy and Second Prize at Steinert International Piano Competition in Boston. Lana received 4th prize, “Best Semi-Final Recital” and “Youngest Talant” awards at Val Tidone’s Piano Competition (2013) in Italy. She was most recently a semi-finalist of Concert Artist Auditions in New York (2016).

Lana was awarded the prestigious “Mai von Rosen” scholarship for young talanted pianists from Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm in 2007. She also received the “Piano Award” from New England Conservatory Prep. School in 2011. She gave her debut recital at Helsingborg Piano Festival (2013), invited by Per Tengstrand, and performed side by side with renown pianists Marc André-Hamelin, Peter Jablonski and Haochen Zhang. Despite her young age, she has had the honor to meet and work with artists such as, Alfred Brendel, Sergey Babayan, Paul Biss, Stefan Bojsten, Lucy Chapman, Eduardo Delgado, Aquilles Delle-Vigne, Vladimir Feltsman, Eliot Fisk, Miriam Fried, Christian Ihle-Hadland, Robert Hamilton, Jiri Hlinka, Philip Kawin, Lang-Lang, Hans Leygraf, Jerome Lowenthal, Alexandre Moutouzkine, Maxim Mogilevsky, Svetlana Navasardian, Raphaël Oleg, Anthony Newman, Haesun Paik, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Angel Ramon Rivera, Peter Takaczs, Susan Starr, Per Tengstrand, Frank Wibaut, Mats Widlund, Jan Wijn, Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, Donald Weilerstein, Oxana Yablonskaya, Benjamin Zander and members of the Kodály and Borromeo String Quartets.

She has taken part in Musica Mundi Chamber Music Course and Festival, Helsingborg Piano Festival, Musik på Slottet, Giresta Musik, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, PianoSummer in New Paltz, Todi International Music Masters, Salzburg Summer Akademie, Jiri Hlinka Academy in Bergen, Schiermonnikoog Internationaal Kammarmuziek Festivaal and “From Easter to Ascension” International Piano Festival, to name a few.

At the age of twenty-three, Lana has been praised by critics for her flawless technique and charisma. With a repertoire list ranging from Bach to Schnittke, Lana is considered to be one of the most promising pianists of her generation. Lana began her studies with Victoria Power and Elena Power but moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to study with Professor Hung Kuan Chen and his wife Tema Blackstone, being awarded a generous scholarship from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. She recieved her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2014 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under the tutelage of renowned Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia. 

Eva Aronian

Born in 1995 in Montreal, Canada, violinist Eva Aronian has been the recipient of the 1st prize in the Canadian Music Competition, 1st prize in the Frank Simpson Concerto Competition, the Borromeo String Quartet’s 2015 Guest Artist Award, and 1st prize in the 2015 “Città di Barlassina” Competition in Italy; she has performed as a soloist numerous times with the Calgary Youth Orchestra, the Calgary Civic Symphony, and most recently with the Orchestra Philharmonica di Bacau “Mihail Jora”. She has performed in Canada, the United States (Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall), France, Italy (Teatro Dal Verme Milan), Germany, and Norway.

An avid chamber musician, Eva has been invited to perform at the Ottawa Chamberfest, the Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, Ontario), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival (Greenville, NC), among others. She has performed alongside Laurence Lesser, Kim Kashkashian, Lucy Chapman, Robert McDonald, Anthony Marwood, Michael Kannen, Vivian Weilerstein, Curtis Macomber, among others. She has participated in festivals such the Pablo Casals Festival, the International Mendelssohn Festival, the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and Yellow Barn.

Having previously studied with Fiona Carnie and Bill van der Sloot in Calgary, Canada, and Van Armenian in Montreal, Eva is currently in her fourth year at the New England Conservatory studying with Donald Weilerstein; she receives regular chamber music coaching from Lucy Chapman, Vivian Weilerstein and Soovin Kim. She has participated in masterclasses and worked closely with Ida and Ani Kavafian, Ning Feng, Samuel Rhodes, Raphael Oleg, Régis Pasquier, Tanja Becker-Bender, Todd Phillips, the Miró Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, the Takács Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, the Artis Quartet, and the Emerson String Quartet, among others. Chamber Music Competition Winners Concert and ALEA III (Contemporary Music Ensemble in residence at BU).

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