Paderewski festival will end with special gala closing concert with pianist Takeshi Nagayasu
–The Paderewski Festival will conclude with a special gala closing concert with pianist Takeshi Nagayasu at the Ballroom of the Paso Robles on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Takeshi Nagayasu is a brilliant young pianist and the 2019 First Prize winner of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Competition in New York City. Born in Japan, he studied piano and violin from the age of 8. Nagayashi graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and then attended the Cleveland Institute of Music. He currently studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. A fellow of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Nagayausu also won the First Prize at the Jacob Flier Competition and made his Carnegie Hall debut in the spring of 2019.
Opening with Paderewski’s charming (and rarely performed) Légende, Mr. Nagayasu’s program will feature a rich selection of music by Chopin, including his Ballade Op. 47, Grande Valse Brillante Op. 34 no. 1, Nocturne Op. 62 no. 1, and Sonata Op. 58.
Nagayasu will also present a selection of Preludes and Mazurkas by Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937), Poland’s most important composer after Chopin. In addition to the three Polish composers, Nagayasu’s recital program will include the intense, one-movement Sonata Op. 53 by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)—a brilliant pianist and composer whose early works were inspired by Chopin.
Sponsored by Epoch Estate Wines, the concert begins at 7 p.m. with wine tasting in the Ballroom Lobby commencing at 6:30 p.m.