PARVIS HEJAZI piano
Wednesday 8 May 2024
Concert: 7.30pm (duration 95min including interval)
Tickets: £25 Adults, £20 Concessions (under 18, full-time students)
Surreal Masquerades is the title of Parvis Hejazi's debut at 1901 Arts Club. The award-winning, London-based German pianist will take you on a journey from the passion and sumptuous sound worlds of Liszt's most poetic etude Il lamento to the playfulness of Benjamin Britten's Holiday Diary, which the composer himself referred to as a set of impressions of a boy's pre-war seaside holiday.
The first half of the recital culminates in Robert Schumann's glorious Faschingsschwank aus Wien, again a set of images, but this time from a carnival party in Vienna. We are immersed into a masquerade of dances, marches, poetic Schumannesque sound worlds, lyrical melodies, outpourings of high emotion and even the Marseillaise, in reference to the movement for German unity, inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution.
After the interval, the programme ends with Prokofiev's surreal and dark 8th sonata, the third and longest of his "War Trilogy". Parvis Hejazi will curate the programme and guide his audience through what will be a young artist's firework of sublime poetry, intense passion, and sparkling virtuosity.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Trois Etudes de Concert
i. Il lamento
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Holiday Diary - Suite for Piano Op.5
i. Early Morning Bathe
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op.26
i. Sehr lebhaft
Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Piano Sonata No.8 Op.84
i. Andante dolce
ii. Andante sognando
Award-winning pianist Parvis Hejazi is known for his captivating interpretations of the most demanding works of piano repertoire. From Mozart and Brahms to Liszt and Messiaen, Parvis Hejazi shines not only with sparkling technical skill and analytic clarity, but also with his ability to capture the psychological and emotional nuances of the music which transcends to the audience. Continuous exploration of the entire range of sound colours, highly contrasting and innovative programming and a passion for the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of music are some of the trademarks of the London-based pianist, who was born in Germany in 1999.
Parvis has studied with some of the greatest pianists of the present day. In Germany, Austria, Italy, the UK, and the US, Parvis worked with Dmitrii Alexeev, Konrad Elser, Markus Groh, Christopher Hinterhuber, Stephen Hough, Jacob Leuschner, Igor Levit, Jerome Lowenthal, Gilead Mishory, Dina Parakhina, Jerome Rose, Anatol Ugorski, Bob Versteegh, and Lars Vogt. In 2017, Parvis moved to the United Kingdom to study with Norma Fisher and Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music in London. Having graduated with the highest distinction, Parvis pursues an Artist Diploma in Performance at the College.
Parvis Hejazi calls both national and international stages home. In 2016, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival. Since, he has performed in more than 30 countries on three continents, in some of the most prestigious venues, such as the Federal Chancellery and Dom Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Die Glocke and Sendesaal Bremen, Wiener Saal Salzburg, St James’ Piccadilly London, and Gnessin Institute Moscow. He has also been invited to perform in Budapest, Frankfurt, Kyiv, Lisbon, Lyon, New York City, Munich, Paris, Rome, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and many other cities. During his career, Parvis has developed a particular love for the Viennese classics, the German romantics, and Olivier Messiaen. His performances have been met with frenetic applause and highly enthusiastic reviews.
Parvis is a winner of more than 30 national and international piano, chamber music, organ, and composition competitions. He holds the Bärenreiter Urtext Award, the Music Talks Award, and the Carl Heinz Illies Award.
His chamber music partners include Sarah Gait, Ron Maxim Huang, Jakob Schad, Payam Taghadossi, and many others. He has worked with conductors such as Clemens Heil, Nicolas Hrudnik, Marko Letonja, and Mikhail Khokhlov.
Before moving to London, Parvis Hejazi studied piano and composition at the Junior Department of the University of the Arts Bremen with Almut Cordes and Jörg Birkenkötter, and has worked with leading composers, such as Mark Andre, Peter Michael Hamel, Martin Christoph Redel, Annette Schlünz, and others. His compositions have been recorded by HR radio. Documentaries, recordings, live broadcasts, and interviews have been transmitted by main German television stations, such as ARD, NDR, NDR Kultur, Deutschlandfunk, radiobremen, and others.
In addition to his busy performance schedule, Parvis is passionate about musicological and philosophical research. He is particularly interested in the area of aesthetics. He frequently receives invitations to give talks, most recently at Giessen University, ConVivial Foundation Wiesbaden, and at Netherhall House and Pure in Heart London. Currently, Parvis undertakes research on the semiotic relationship between musical signs and theological meaning in Olivier Messiaen’s music.
In 2017, Parvis became one of the youngest ever Fellows of the German Society of Philosophy (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie). He is a Scholar of the Royal College of Music and of the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst. His sponsors also include Karin and Uwe Hollweg, Susan Sturrock, and the Gisela and Erich Andreas Foundation.
In his free time, Parvis enjoys cycling, reading and golf. He lives in Central London.