As part of an artist-in-residence recording project, pianist Yegor Shevtsov presents an in-progress performance of solo works by two giants of twentieth-century music. Separated by almost a century, Debussy’s Etudes and Boulez’s Incises intersect in both their French heritage and their substantial demands on a pianist’s control and technique. Rounding out the recital is Boulez’s most recent work for solo piano, une page d'éphéméride.
- Claude Debussy—Etudes (1915)
- Pierre Boulez—Incises (1994/2001)
- Pierre Boulez—Une page d'éphéméride (2005)
Yegor Shevtsov is a Ukrainian-born pianist based in New York City. As a soloist and a collaborative pianist, he has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Whitney Museum, Tanglewood, and the Kilkenny Arts Festival (Ireland), among others. This season, he has performed with Mark Morris Dance Group in Montpellier, France, and Tel Aviv, Israel, was a guest pianist at the Usinesonore Festival in Switzerland, performed the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 10 in New York, Alabama, and Finland, and conducted Yoav Gal’s opera Mosheh in New York City.
In 2010, The New York Times lauded the “Mozartean elegance” that Shevtsov brought to his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9. In a performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, Shevtsov was praised by the Miami Herald for his “superb musicianship and evocative piano playing.”
Shevtsov was a Tanglewood Fellow in the summers of 2007 and 2008, where he had the opportunity to be coached privately and in master classes by such artists as James Levine, Garrick Ohlsson, Martin Katz, Dawn Upshaw, Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Claude Frank, Ursula Oppens, and Yo-Yo Ma. In 2003, he was selected to participate in a month long intensive workshop on Beethoven’s piano sonatas with Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall.
Shevtsov teaches piano and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music. He also maintains a private teaching studio in New York. He is the recipient of the Pablo Casals Award from the Manhattan School, from where he holds a doctor of musical arts degree.