Vitaly Samoshko

“Star-Studded January In Kyiv”

Posted in Press clippings by fvc on January 9, 2004

Star-Studded January In Kyiv
Irena Stecura
Kyiv CULT
nr. 72.
2004.01.09
Vitaliy Samoshko – a Titan at the Keyboard – a Pianistic Super Star

January 9, 2004, National Philharmonia, Kyiv
National Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra, Mykola Dyadyura, cond., Vitaliy Samoshko, piano. Program:
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto #3
Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances op. 45

After taking the Grand Prix at one of the most prestigious and revered piano competitions in the world– the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium in 1999 – this was Mr. Samoshko’s first visit to Ukraine. The Lysenko Hall of Columns of the Philharmonia was packed in anticipation. What can one expect from one of the best pianists in the world – for, indeed, only the very top can merit such a prize. There are tens of good piano competitions around the world -–but the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium belongs to the top two or three.

Mr. Samoshko appeared in all his glory in a seemingly staple piano repertoire – the Rachmaninov 3rd which we must have heard tens if not hundreds of times. To be succinct, he surpassed all the other best performances with his phenomenally crisp technique, a poetic singing tone and by bringing out the internal drama in the music and its grandeur so convincingly (but without excesses). He left the audience breathless.

Similarly in the opera today, it is not enough to have a fabulous voice and to sing extremely well; what is required today of an opera singer is the ability to transmit the internal drama to the audience – by far, not everybody can do that. The same year – 1999, the year of Mr. Samoshko’s incredible success – soprano Oksana Krovytska from Lviv was considered THE Madam Butterfly at the City Opera in New York and in New York in general – for her ability to transmit internal drama. Similarly any performing instrumentalist has the same obligation.

Vitaliy Samoshko hails from Kharkiv (b. 1973) – the endless spring of pianists who win piano competitions all over the world. Starting with the Special Music School and through the Kharkiv Conservatory he studied with the renowned Leonid Margarius who was a student of Regina Horowitz (Vladimir Horowitz’s sister who founded a world-renowned pianistic school in Kharkiv and whose students now turn out a whole generation of incredible pianists. Subsequently he studied with Mr. Margarius at the Academia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” in Italy. Since 2001 he has been living in Belgium.

At 15 Mr. Samoshko won his first competition – right here at home – at the Lysenko Piano Competition. Since then it has been one competition after another. He was winner at the Busoni, Montreal, Senigalia (Italy), Rubinstein, Sidney Competitions and finally Grand Prix at the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. He has been appearing with top orchestras, among which are Beethovenhalle, National de Lille, de Montreal, Tokyo, National de Belgique, etc. under renowned conductors such as Charles Dutoit and others, throughout Europe, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and the USA.

Mr. Samoshko is not the only Ukrainian star circling the world – there are a few more. It is time for Ukraine to celebrate its own stars rather than importing those who were made stars still by the Soviet Government

Welcome, Mr. Samoshko!

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