Scriabin centenary marked in piano recital

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PIANIST and Canberra medical practitioner, Robert Schmidli, is one of the true stayers in the local music community.

Robert Schmidli
Robert Schmidli

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6, he will be performing a centenary tribute to the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin in the Wesley Music Centre’s Lunchtime Live series.

A range of piano works by Scriabin will be performed: Two pieces for the left hand Op. 9, Deux Poemes Op. 32, Sonata No. 9 Op. 68 in F Major, Etude Op.2 no. 1 in C-sharp minor, and Sonata No. 4 Op. 30 in F-sharp Major. Scriabin initially composed in the style of the romantic composers, particularly Chopin, but gradually developed a unique atonal harmonic system – often described as being based on a “mystic” chord. He influenced many 20th century composers, many of whom were suppressed by Stalin’s regime and are no longer known.

Alexander Scriabin
Alexander Scriabin

Scriabin’s own works are now a regular feature in piano recitals in Canberra and beyond. These include his ten piano sonatas – one of the most significant set of sonatas since Beethoven.

Schmidli studied with Alice Farquhar, Iola Shelley and Johannes Giessen in New Zealand, and later Steven MacIntyre and Jean Starling in Melbourne. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in New Zealand and Australia, on national and local radio in New Zealand, and with international artists including David Pereira, Jack Glatzer and George Zukerman.

“ A Century of Alexander Scriabin”, Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, Wednesday,  May 6 – 12.40pm to 1.20pm, entry $5 minimum, concession $2. No bookings required. Tickets at the door.

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