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Rupert Egerton-Smith - piano

26 April 2014

Chaconne in D minor

J.S.Bach transcribed by Ferrucio Busoni

(1866-1924)

Sonata in B minor Op.58

- Allegro maestoso

- Scherzo: molto vivace

- Largo

- Finale: Presto non tanto; agitato

Frederic Chopin

(1810-1849)

INTERVAL

3 Preludes

George Gershwin

(1898-1937)

Preludes 23, 13, and 19 from Twenty-four preludes in Jazz Style Op.53

Nikolai Kapustin

(1937-)

Rupert Egerton-Smith has a busy and varied performing career. Prizewinner in a number of competitions, his playing has been described as 'particularly impressive' by International Piano Magazine. He has performed extensively in venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Paris's Salle Gaveau, London's Cadogan Hall and St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Sursock Palace in Beirut, and the Cherementiev Palace in St.Petersburg. In France, his performances of Scarlatti and Balakirev's Islamey have been broadcast on France 2 and Radio Classique. Concerto appearances have included Grieg, Mozart 23rd, Rachmaninov 2nd and 3rd, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, Ravel in G major and Shostakovich No.2. In 2013 he won a first prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition.

His debut recording of Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and Rachmaninov preludes was released on Garat Records (www.garatrecords.com) in October 2012. Michael White in the Telegraph wrote 'the sheer technical accomplishment in Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit (one of the hardest scores in solo keyboard literature) is stunning and the real strength of the disc'.

Future concerts include a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with the Chiltern Camerata n May 2014. More details on Rupert's forthcoming projects are available on www.rupertegertonsmith.com.