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10-year-old pianist Anastasia Rizikov returns to Binghamton Dec. 6
Al Williams and Lance Hill speak with WSKG's Gregory Keeler
10-year-old pianist Anastasia Rizikov returns to Binghamton Dec. 6
Anastasia Rizikov
Online interview audio now available Classical Pianists of the Future presents
Anastasia Rizikov


Solo-Concert followed by Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 with a string quartet, conducted by Maestro John Covelli

Sunday, December 6, 3pm

Phelps Mansion Museum
191 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

website: http://www.anastasiarizikov.ca

by Lance Hill
Canadian pianist ANASTASIA RIZIKOV, aged 10, will return to Binghamton, New York on December 6th, 2009 by popular demand. In November 2008, aged nine, Classical Pianists of the Future—of which I am co-founder and producer with Al Williams—presented two back-to-back recitals of Anastasia that swept the audience off their feet. She performed on a totally refurbished 1913 Bechstein concert grand piano that I prepared for these recitals. The first was an all-Chopin program followed, the next day, by a varied program of many composers.

Normally, Classical Pianists of the Future holds their two seasonal recitals at the hall of Tri-Cities Opera. Due to a conflict of schedules, December 6 will see Anastasia performing at the Phelps Mansion Museum in Binghamton.

The first half of her program will offer JS Bach's Italian Concerto in F Major, Liszt's Concert Etude No. 2 {"Gnomenreigen"}, the three Preludes of Gershwin, and Pylyp Bryl's Concert Fantasia on Ukrainian Melodies.

The second half features Anastasia Rizikov in Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, the first time the work has been presented in the area as a chamber version using a string quartet. This will be conducted by John Covelli, himself a child piano prodigy, pupil of Carl Friedberg and conductor mentored by Pierre Monteux. Rizikov recently performed the concerto with full orchestra in the Chicago, Illinois area.

Hearing is believing! When I recorded her two November 2008 concerts and presented them on my radio broadcast, Music and the Artist, listeners were overjoyed to hear a young artist display sensitive and compelling interpretations illustrating amazing technical security.

At this point, we are nearly sold out for the December 6 event. However, you can hear at least four of Anastasia's Binghamton selections from 2008, as performed on a glorious Bechstein piano, at her Web site:

http://www.anastasiarizikov.ca/

There, you will find many videos of her performances in Binghamton, Detroit, Toronto, the Ukraine and elsewhere, along with a complete biography and other interesting information.