Hailed as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists, Edvinas Minkstimas’ intuitive interpretation and honed keyboard skills have garnered him invitations to perform throughout Europe and North America, leading him to Mexico where he will make his San Miguel debut for Pro Musica with two different concerts in the intimate venue of St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo on Friday, January 5 at 5 pm and Sunday, January 7 at 4 pm.
Edvinas made his professional debut at the age of 14 performing Grieg with The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra. He went on to earn his Musical Arts degree from Juilliard , where he received the illustrious C.V. Starr Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. Also the recipient of the Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory, his abundant accolades are legion. A Steinway artist since 2013, we are delighted to introduce this talented artist to Mexican audiences for the first time.
On Friday, we will hear Schumann, Brahms, Gershwin, and Liszt. Schumann's Davidsbündler is a musical love letter to Clara, his wife. A concert pianist, composer, and mother of his many children, Clara was his muse and guide. Brahms' Rhapsodies were dedicated to a young savant, Elisabeth von Herzogenberg, with whom he was infatuated. Later in life, they became friends and Brahms' Seven Fantasies, the masterful last works of his life, were composed after a series of tragic deaths, including that of Elizabeth. Gershwin's Preludes follow in the footsteps of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich, a surprising departure for the young star from his expected genre. Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody is based on the melody of La Folia (madness or folly), a popular late fifteenth-century folk tune.
On Sunday, concertgoers will enjoy works by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Čiurlionis and Dett. Bach's tremendous Chaconne inspires intense reverence in listeners and musicians alike. Chopin's Scherzo, dedicated to Thomas Albrecht, who persuaded him to stay in Vienna during political upheaval in Poland, is a reminder of the many compositions that might not exist today if he had returned. Liszt's exciting Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 is a perennial favorite of both musicians and their enraptured audiences. Čiurlionis, one of the pioneers of abstract art in Europe, was a Lithuanian painter, writer and composer, and greatly influenced modern Lithuanian culture. We will experience Čiurlionis's artistic vision through his composition Three Cycles. Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, rose above racial bigotry because of the unique nature and soulful appeal of his compositions. An advocate of African American rights, Dett's “In the Bottoms," speaks eloquently to racial injustice.
Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $300 and $400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3; and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.