World Piano Competition Winner Tatiana Tessman Debuts At Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - Nov. 30

World Piano Competition will present its 2006 gold medal winner Tatiana Tessman on Friday, November 30th, 8:00pm, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall; in a program featuring works by Chopin, Prokofiev, Szymanowski and Thomas Adès

Russian-born pianist Tatiana Tessman will perform a recital at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The concert is being presented by the World Piano Competition, where Ms. Tessman was triumphant, earning the Gold Medal in 2006.

The concert marks a Lincoln Center debut for the pianist, whose career has been studded with awards and honors, including First Place victories at the Glenn Gould International Piano Competition in Ostra (Italy), Santorini International Piano Competition (Greece), 55th Wideman International Piano Competition and the Missouri International Piano Competition.

In 2003, Tatiana Tessman solidified her standing on the international scene when young pianist was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to perform under the Maestro's baton with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for an audience of seven thousand.

The program for the night offers works by the greats: Chopin, Prokofiev and Szymanowski, as Ms. Tessman pays tribute to the masters of the keyboard literature. In addition, the concert will feature music by the young, British composer Thomas Adès, declared by the New Yorker as "one of the most imposing figures in contemporary music" and by the New York Times as "one of the most accomplished and complete musicians of his generation." Ms. Tessman will present his Three Mazurkas Opus. 27, which were written for and championed by Emanuel Ax, and are - fittingly for this program - an homage to Chopin.

The complete program is as follows:

Three Mazurkas, Opus 50 - Frederic Chopin
G Major
A-flat Major
C-sharp Minor

Six Mazurkas, Opus 50 - Karol Szymanowski
No. 1. Sostenuto. Molto rubato
No. 2, Allegramente. Poco vivace. Rubasznie
No. 13. Moderato
No. 14. Animato (z elegancja I grandezza)
No. 19. Poco vivace. Animato e grazioso
No. 20, Allegramente. Con brio. Rubasznie

Three Mazurkas, Opus 27 - Thomas Adès

Fantasie, Opus 49 - Frederic Chopin

Sonata No. 8 for Piano in B-flat Major, Opus 84 - Sergei Prokofiev

Tickets are $20, and are available by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or online at http://lc.lincolncenter.org/handoff.





BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Tatiana Tessman, pianist


"...an exceptionally gifted pianist... [Tatiana Tessma] possesses a strong artistry and personality..." writes the German Bayern of the Russian-born pianist Tatiana Tessman whose career is studded with accomplishments and awards that firmly distinguish her as an artist of international stature. Multiple prizewinner, Tatiana Tessman has performed as soloist with orchestras across three continents, including the World Symphony in Cincinnati, Shreveport Symphony, Bach's Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philarmonia, Uruguay Philharmonic Symphony, Panama Philharmonic Symphony, Korea W. Philharmonic the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra upon a personal invitation from Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich.

On the competition front, Ms. Tessman has had overwhelming success as she claimed First Prizes at the Glenn Gould International Piano Competition in Ostra (Italy), Santorini International Piano Competition (Greece), 55th Wideman International Piano Competition, the Missouri International Piano Competition and the 50th World Piano Competition, in addition to multiple other awards at the Panama International Piano Competition, the Florida International Piano competition and the Eisenberg-Fried Manhattan School of Music Concerto competition in New York.

Fueled by her victories on the grueling international competition circuit, Tatiana Tessman's reputation as an outstanding pianist of exceptional value expanded rapidly, leading to engagements throughout Russia, Europe, Latin America, Asia and the United States. Her artistry has taken her to many of the world's leading venues including The Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory, The Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Italy's La Scala and Carnegie's Weill Hall, where her performance was recorded and broadcast by New York's WQXR Classical Music Station.

In 2003, Ms. Tessman's career marked a milestone when the Russian pianist was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to perform under the maestro's baton with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the "Klassik am Odeons platz" in Munich. The concert took place at the central square in front of an astonishing 7000 people. Ms. Tessman's debut with Maestro Rostropovich was followed by an appearance at the "Summer Concerts" Festival in Ingolstadt. It was at these concerts where Tatiana Tessman's much-acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto led to other concerts at the series "La Scala presents."

Ms. Tessman's public concert career began at the age of four in Omsk, Russia. A year later she entered the Gnessins School of Music in Moscow, where she studied under the direction of Professor Tatiana Zaitzeva. In 1997, after being awarded a scholarship from the "Mstislav Rostropovich" foundation, Ms. Tessman was admitted to the Moscow State Conservatory where she studied with teachers such as Valery Kastelsky, Pavel Nersessian, Nikolai Lugansky, Sergei Dorensky; with whom she pursued her studies as a post-graduate student and Mstislav Rostropovich; Tessman was the maestros last student. After finishing her B.M. and M.M. degrees at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, Ms. Tessman moved to the United States where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Solomon Mikowsky. She is a recipient of the Elda van Gelder Memorial Foundation Scholarship.