Eugene Skovorodnikov performs at Langley Community Music School on Sunday.

Ukrainian conveys love from a Steinway to a Langley audience

Langley Community Music School brings Eugene Skovorodnikov to Rose Gellert Hall.

The work of Haydn and Brahms includes love songs, according to Eugene Skovorodnikov, the Ukrainian-born pianist. He will be bringing the music of love to Langley in the Langley Community Musics School’s (LCMS) Cafe Classico concert on Sunday, Jan. 17 at Rose Gellert Hall.

Skovorodnikov said he is looking forward to the performance, and added that Brahms’ music is of “great depth, profound emotions, highest level of sensitivity, and mystery. Probably one of the best examples of music conveying a message of love.”

A performer of global tours as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer, Skovorodnikov is also a master class teacher at UBC and has played music halls around the world including the Grand Theatre in Shenzhen, China, Ghione Theatre in Rome, Italy, and Theatre Bibiena in Mantova, Italy.

He noted, Haydn is “probably the most romantic of all composers of the second half of 18th century. These works fit together really well into a fulfilling mix of perfection of music form and emotional content.”

Skovorodnikov will perform well-known pieces from Haydn such as Variations in F minor and from Brahms, Sonata No. 3.

LCMS artistic director Elizabeth Bergmann said, “It is a great treat to have a pianist of such high international acclaim grace our stage. I look forward to exploring his musical insights and anecdotal stories during our pre-concert talk.”

Sunday’s concert begins at 2:30 p.m. with the pre-concert discussion, break for coffee and refreshments and the concerts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Rose Gellert Hall box office at 604-534-2848.


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