STANISLAV                      KHRISTENKO

piano

 “PLAYFUL LIGHTNESS AND EFFORTLESS PRECISION...”

THE GRAMOPHONE

 

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    raised for his emotional intensity, charismatic expression, and brilliant technique Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko is one of America's most thought-provoking and eminent young artists.

 

Stanislav Khristenko's performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of 11. A “poet of piano” (Le Soir), Mr. Khristenko has been praised in the media around the globe. New York Times reviewer Zachary Woolfe wrote that in “an impressive recital… (he) plays with thoughtful lucidity and restraint.” Spanish El Pais wrote of his “precise technique, powerful sound and fingers of steel.”

 

In the 2014/15 concert season Stanislav appeared as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S., as well as South Korea, Spain, Belgium, and Bulgaria. Summer 2015 brings Mr. Khristenko to England and South Korea for performances of Rachmaninov's 2nd and Beethoven's 3rd concertos. He will also appear at the Ravinia Festival, New Orleans Keyboard Festival, and International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City.

 

Mr. Khristenko has appeared as a soloist with  the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix and Richmond Symphonies, National Orchestra of Belgium, Bilbao and Tenerife Symphony Orchestras, Liege Royal Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra, among others.  His performance highlights include solo recitals in Weill and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Schubert-Saal at Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, as well as performances with orchestras in Grosser Saal of The Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, and Hong Kong City Hall.

 

Mr. Khristenko has won top prizes at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions. In 2013 alone he won First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals International Music Competition, and was named Fourth Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

 

Khristenko’s gentle, loving approach to the keyboard — and his palette of touches — yielded a startling array of emotions.”

 - The Washington Post

 

“Mr. Khristenko plays with thoughtful lucidity and restraint.

While his technique is more than solid, he has barely an ounce of flamboyance about him.”

- The New York Times

 

“Playful lightness and effortless precision...”

- The Gramophone

 

“Dazzling music-making...The real showstopper was Igor Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka. Although Stravinsky didn’t intend an orchestral sound, Khristenko vividly brought it to life anyway. In his brilliant “Danse russe,” massive power, aggressive angular themes, and abrupt changes in dynamics and voicing combined for a masterful, propulsive performance. ”

- The Miami Herald

 

“An artist possessed of vast talent and charisma.”

"A deeply spiritual performance with great individuality... tour-de-force of technical, musical and stylistic mastery."

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

 

'[Khistenko] possesses precise technique, powerful sound and fingers of steel'

- El Pais

 

...In the first concerto of Brahms the Russian pianist shows himself to be the architect of grand style, building maestoso with irrepressible authority. The full and deep sound coupled with stunning control of the intensities allows him to sculpt the phrase in the mass of expressions and provide the discourse with a natural continuity...

Beautiful example of a great Russian school.'

- Le Soir

 

“Khristenko being totally “at home” with the 3rd of Rachmaninov, flaunting a free play, organic and powerful, capable of infinite gentleness, guided by the inner vision and inventiveness.”

- La Libre

 

“There are many extremely gifted young pianists in the word now, and it is difficult to predict which ones will have a long career of importance. But I will be very surprised if Stanislav Khristenko is not one of them.”

- Fanfare Magazine

 

“Khristenko gave us dynamic variety. He was capable of fine pianissimos and thunderous fortissimos.”

- Arizona Republic

 

'A thoughtful, focused, and ultimately successful concert,” which “revealed deep reserves of artistry and professionalism as the evening progressed…Mr. Khristenko was in full control of all his resources and played with a maturity that belied his young age…Each selection sparkled like a gem, honed to perfection. These would have been impressive performances from any artist, but they were all the more joyful from a pianist at the outset of his career.'

- The New York Concert Review

Press Packet PDF

July 31, 2014

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Chautauqua, NY, USA

 

August 8-16, 2014

TOUR IN CHINA

Recitals in Shanghai City Theatre,

Guangzhou Opera House,

Chongqing Guotai Srts Centre,

Fuling Grand Theatre,

Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

 

August 23, 2014

Cleveland Piano Competition Winners concert

Cleveland, OH, USA

 

September 26, 2014

Pleven Symphony Orchestra

Pleven, Bulgaria

 

September 28, 2014

Recital in Palais de Beaux-Arts

Brussels, Belgium

 

October 11, 2014

Firelands Symphony Orchestra

Sandusky, OH, USA

 

October 18, 2014

Stockton Symphony Orchestra

Stockton, CA, USA

 

November 5, 2014

Virginia Waring Competition Winners Concert

Palm Desert, CA, USA

 

November 8, 2014

Midland Symphony Orchestra

Midland, TX, USA

 

November 21, 2014

Heidelberg University Recital

Tiffin, OH, USA

 

November 22, 2014

Recital  at the Northern Colorado University

Greeley, CO, USA

CALENDAR

November 30, 2014

DMZ Music Festival

Yeoncheon, South Korea

 

December 8, 2014

Recital at Tulane University

New Orleans, LA, USA

 

January 13-16, 2015

Tour with Atlantic Classical Orchestra

Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Stuart, FL, USA

 

January 23, 2015

Recital at Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society

Augusta, GA, USA

 

March 7, 2015

Richmond Symphony Orchestra

Richmond, VA, USA

 

March 22, 2015

Emma Concert Association

St. Augustine, FL, USA

 

March 28, 2015

Del Valle Fine Arts

Livermore, CA, USA

 

April 10-12, 2015

ITALY TOUR

Recitals in Milan, Modena, San Benedetto del Tronto

 

April 16-17, 2015

Bilbao Symphony Orchestra

Bilbao, Spain

 

May 9, 2015

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Fairfax, VA, USA

 

May 17, 2015

Recital at Mainly Mozart Music Festival

Miami, FL, USA

 

June 5, 2015

Tenerife Symphony Orchestra

Tenerife, Spain

June 30, 2015

Milton Keynes Symphony Orchestra

Milton Keynes, UK

 

July 9, 2015

Suwon Symphony Orchestra

Suwon, South Korea

 

July 10, 2015

Suwon Symphony Orchestra

Seoul, South Korea

 

July 19, 2015

Recital at Kent State University

Kent, OH, USA

 

July 24, 2015

New Orleans Keyboard Festival recital

New Orleans, LA, USA

 

July 26, 2015

Recital at Ravinia Festival

Chicago, IL, USA

 

August 1, 2015

IKIF Festival

New York City, NY

 

September 25-26, 2015

Rogue Valley Symphony

Ashland, OR, USA

 

October 1, 2015

Recital at Caldwell Fine Arts

Caldwell, ID, USA

 

October 3, 2015

Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Springfield, OH, USA

 

October 14, 2015

Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

 

October 25, 2015

Recital at Hollins University

Roanoke, VA, USA

                    RECORDINGS

 

 

In 2014 Stanislav Khristenko released a CD on the Steinway & Sons label featuring works by Schumann, Bruckner, Brahms, and the Zemlinsky that was praised so highly in the New York Times.  The disc received unanimously outstanding reviews including The Gramophone and Fanfare Magazines. In the Gramophone review Jed Detsler wrote about Stanislav's interpretation of Schumann's Fantasie: "His gorgeous textural contouring conveys the impression that the leisurely arpeggiated left-hand writing and the long right-hand cantabiles emerge from separate instruments, dead-pianist style (and that's a compliment)". Henry Fogel of Fanfare magazine praised Mr. Khristenko’s “poetic but firmly shaped performances” and the recording was “highly recommended” by All Music Guide. Enthusiastic reception of this recording led to a contract offer from the label to record two more CD albums in the next two years.

 

 

Two new CD releases are scheduled for 2015/16 including an album of Antonio Soler's Sonatas on Naxos and the first volume of Ernst Krenek's piano music. Produced by Toccata Classics in London, the album will be the first of a planned collection of the complete piano works of Krenek. An earlier album of the composer's works, on the German label Oehms Classics, was pronounced “Electric” by the Gramophone Magazine. A critic from Fanfare Magazine praised Stanislav's remarkable performance, called him "an invaluable guide to  Krenek's piano music"  and concluded that 'With very fine performances in detailed and spacious sound, this makes a very fine addition to those looking to expand their horizons...'

 

Mr. Khristenko's recordings are releases worldwide and available for purchase in both traditional and digital versions from Amazon, Google Play and ITunes.

CONTACT

For booking in North America:

CASTELLANO ARTSTS

Joseph Castellano

joseph@castellanoartists.com

For booking in Europe (excluding UK, France, Italy and Spain):

KULTURMUSIKKONZEPTE

Werner Heimlich

kmk@wernerheimlich.de

assistant@khristenko.com

 

 

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