Dranoff2 started its 2022-2023 season with a 2 piano celebration of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday, featuring Russian pianists Ilya Kazantsev and Asiya Korepanova. I had the pleasure of hosting Ilya while he was in Miami, and getting to personally know our talented artists is one of the great joys Dranoff has afforded me.
Dranoff2’s mission has always been focused on presenting the two piano repertoire, discovering exciting new piano duos, like Ilya and Asiya, and commissioning new works for two pianos. We have continued the celebration of Rachmaninoff’s anniversary this season, widening the lens to promote an ensemble performance by Ilya Kazantsev with his Hermitage Piano Trio.
A beautiful series presented by Friends of Chamber Music features Asiya Korepanova in several installments of her virtuosic performance of all of Rachmaninoff’s compositions for solo piano. We are so delighted to share with you today the encore she gave at a program that ranged from early student pieces by Rachmaninoff to his later masterpiece, the Corelli Variations.
I hope you enjoy it.
Dranoff2 Piano Foundation Vice President