Performance by Yury Martinov Part of Melodies from Moscow to the Mediterranean

Article by: Richard Guerrero, Jr.

 Russian pianist Yury Martinov, a master keyboardist who is internationally renowned for his versatile repertoire, makes his American debut with a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Wolfe Recital Hall at Del Mar College’s East Campus. The performance is part of the College’s Department of Music musical offering, “Melodies from Moscow to the Mediterranean.”

Martinov’s program includes works by Romantic composers Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann as well as Franz List’s transcription of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Sonata #5 in F Major for Violin and Piano, which he will perform with visiting Israeli violinist Daniel Fradkin, who also performs on the viola d’ amore.

In addition to Tuesday’s recital, Martinov will also perform with Fradkin and fellow visiting Israeli cellist Gregory Yanovsky in a chamber music recital on Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall. The performance will also feature DMC faculty member and clarinetist William Lipman as the four artists perform the U.S. premiere of Josef Bardanashvilli’s “Trio for Viola d’amore, Clarinet and Cello.”

A skilled keyboardist of the first order, Martinov’s repertoire includes modern piano, harpsichord, clavichord and pianoforte, which is an 18th century predecessor to the modern piano. 

Martinov’s artistry and technical excellence has earned the pianist numerous first place prizes in some of the most prestigious piano competitions in Europe. His awards include First Prize at the 1991 Maria Canals competition in Spain, the 1993 Ennio Porrino competition in Italy and the 1999 W.A. Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Austria.

The pianist also serves as chair of the Department of Keyboard Instruments and of Chamber Music Ensembles of the Department of Historical and Contemporary Performance Art at Moscow “P.I. Tchakovsky” Conservatory.

Lipman, who is a DMC professor of clarinet, saxophone and music literature, says Martinov’s recital is a coup not just for the College but for the community as well. “Martinov is a gifted musician who performs at the very highest level,” Lipman notes. “He’s in his prime, career-wise, and it’s a privilege for the College to host his American debut.” 

On Monday, April 9, both Martinov and Fradkin will hold masterclasses with Del Mar College Music Department faculty performing and learning new techniques from the two masters. Individuals are welcome to observe. The masterclasses are scheduled in the Fine Arts Center Music Building with Yury Martinov at 3 p.m. in Room 145 and Daniel Fradkin at 4 p.m. in Room 139.

All events are free and open to the general public. For more information, call the DMC Music Department at 698-1214 or email phii@delmar.edu.

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