Stefan Cassomenos

STEFAN CASSOMENOS
PIANO

2 pm Sunday 2nd November 2008
ST. PETER’S PARISH HALL
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artist 

Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos appears regularly as a soloist, associate artist, and chamber performer. He studied piano with Margarita Krupina and Stephen Mclntyre, and is currently studying with Ian Munro at the Australian National Academy of Music. Stefan is generously supported by Kawai Australia and Music Theatre Australia. This year, he was awarded two travel scholarships by the Youth Music Foundation of Australia, as their Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, where he studied with Marcella Crudeli, and as their Oxford Scholar, participating in the Philomusica Piano Festival at Oxford University.

Stefan studied on a Faculty Merit Scholarship at Melbourne University, majoring in Performance. He received several awards from the University, including the T Allan McKay Piano Scholarship (’04), the Ormond Exhibition (’05), the Florence Menk Meyer Prize (’05), and the Rosemary Kenny Prize (’06) for the best student in third or fourth year. Externally, he has won first prize in the Dorothy Glover Award, the Ida Doubleday Bequest, and the Eisteddfodau of Dandenong and Wollongong. In 2005, he was a semi-finalist in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition Australia, where he was awarded a prize for the Best Performance of a Prelude and Fugue. In 2006, he was a finalist in the Australian National Piano Award, where he was awarded a prize for the Best Performance of Music Written After 1950.

Stefan has performed concert! with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and has performed as a soloist in St Petersburg, Tallinn, Warsaw, Krakow, Athens, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, London, Bangkok, and Tokyo. His 2007 London debut was described, in & Musical Opinion review by John Amis, as ‘alive, passionate, and dramatic … a prodigious London debut by a formidable talent.’ Stefan is also a keen composer, and his compositions have been performed by the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. More recently, he has had two works premiered by The Yarra Trio, of which he has been a founding member since 2007.

Order of Program

Robert Schumann – Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) Vonfremden Ldndern undMenschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples), in G major
Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story), in D major
Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Bluff), in B minor
Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child), in D major
Glackes genug (Happiness), in D major
Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event), in A major
Trtiumerei (Reverie), in F major
Am Kandn (At the Fireside), in F major
Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse), in C major
Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious), in G-sharp minor
Fdrchtenmachen (Frightening), in £ minor Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep), in E minor Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks), in G major

Haydn – Sonata in B minor, Hob XVI:32

1. Allegro moderate
2. Menuet
3. Finale: Presto

Interval

Prokofiev – Sonata No 6 in A major, Opus 82

1. Allegro moderate
2. Allegretto
3. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
4. Vivace