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SOFYA GULYAK: KALEIDOSCOPE

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SOFYA GULYAK: KALEIDOSCOPE (version française ci-dessous)

Romantic musings, flamboyant, tender and dazzling, from Chopin to Prokofiev, with Leeds International Gold Medalist, Sofya Gulyak.

In September 2009 Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the first woman in the history of the competition to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim.

Her recital programmes are frequently reviewed in superlatives, and her concerto appearances with major orchestras are noted in glowing terms by the world’s music press. Sofya has been praised for her "tremendous precision and colouration...exquisite soft playing ...with delicacy" and described as a “Rach star"(Washington Post).

Sofya Gulyak’s resume includes prizes from many prestigious piano competitions: she is a 1st prize winner of William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA, Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen, Isang Yun International Piano Competition in South Korea, San Marino Piano Competition, winner of Busoni Competition in Italy and prize winner of Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris.


SOFYA GULYAK : KALÉIDOSCOPE

Rêveries romantiques, flamboyantes, tendres et scintillantes, de Chopin à Prokofiev, avec Sofya Gulyak, médaillée d’or au Concours international de piano Leeds.

En septembre 2009, Sofya Gulyak s’est mérité le premier prix et la médaille d’or Princess Mary au Seizième Concours international de piano Leeds – la première femme dans l’histoire de ce concours à obtenir cette distinction. Depuis, elle s’est produite sur les scènes du monde entier avec grand éclat.

Ses récitals font l’objet des acclamations de la critique et la presse musicale ne tarit pas d’éloges sur ses prestations en concert avec les grands orchestres. On vante « sa précision et ses nuances remarquables … son jeu en douceur et de toute beauté … sa délicatesse » et le Washington Post l’a qualifiée de « Rach Star ».

Son parcours musical est jalonné de prix à de nombreux concours de piano prestigieux : elle a gagné le premier prix au Concours international de piano William Kapell aux États-Unis, au Concours international de piano Maj Lind de Helsinki, au Concours de piano Tivoli de Copenhague, au Concours international de piano de la Corée du Sud, au Concours de piano San Marino. Elle a aussi été gagnante au Concours Busoni en Italie et a remporté un prix au Concours de piano Marguerite-Long à Paris.

MPRS

The Master Piano Recital Series is the region’s uniquely dedicated solo classical piano series. Hailed for “filling a necessary niche” (Citizen) in the city, the series brings spectacular classical piano talent from around the world to audiences in the nation's capital.

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La Série des grands récitals de piano (The Master Piano Recital Series, MPRS) est la seule dans la région qui soit entièrement consacrée à des récitals de piano. Elle a fait dire au journal le Citizen d’Ottawa qu’elle remplit un créneau essentiel dans cette ville.

UPBEAT! PRODUCTIONS

UPBEAT! PRODUCTIONS is an incorporated not for profit musical production company (charitable status pending), established to enable the presentation of superb live music, accessibly and affordably in the community.

Dedicated to building connection through music, UPBEAT! PRODUCTIONS, under the Artistic Direction of Roland Graham, presents audiences in the Nation’s Capital with exciting performers, especially young and emerging artists from Canada and beyond, playing the music that most fires their passion from across the genres, in two the series, Concerts by the Canal (CBTC) and the Master Piano Recital Series (MPRS).

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VENUE

Southminster United Church, on the bank of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, hosts a thriving musical program that includes, in addition to UPBEAT’s programing, the DOMS weekly Wednesday noon-hour concert series, along with frequent appearances by noteworthy artists and ensembles from Ottawa and beyond. The church’s fine acoustics, 500-capacity seating, easy accessibility, and the presence of an excellent 9’ concert grand piano, make it a perfect venue for presenting live music to the community of Ottawa.

ROLAND GRAHAM

Pianist, harpsichordist, conductor, composer, and impresario, Roland Graham is the driving creative force behind Ottawa’s UPBEAT! PRODUCTIONS.

He has been heard as a pianist on CBC Radio 2, and performed with groups including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Ottawa Bach Choir, Caelis Academy Ensemble and Rideau Chorale, of which he is also Founding Artistic Director. His original composition for choir and organ, Canterbury Canticles, was premiered at Canterbury Cathedral in the UK in 2005.

As Director of Music at Southminster United Church, Roland leads a dynamic 12-voice chamber choir, and in 2013, founded the church’s popular Wednesday noon hour concert series, Doors Open for Music at Southminster (DOMS). Later that year, he founded the Master Piano Recital Series, and Concerts by the Canal in 2016. Both series are now administered and produced by UPBEAT! PRODUCTIONS.

A gifted teacher, communicator and promoter of music in the community, Roland studied classical piano with Marc Durand and Jimmy Brière at the Université de Montrèal, and Jean Desmarais at the University of Ottawa.


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