World Renown Performance: Pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky

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World Renown Performance: Pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky

October 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Madison Performing Arts Foundation will host the world renown Russian Pianist, Kirill Gliadkovsky.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at the Madison Presbyterian Church.

Gliadkovsky will be performing a program called A Viennese Salon Concert consisting of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert.

Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: “…the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned…enthralling…all in all, a gripping and masterful performance

Madison Performing Arts Foundation annual concert series is supported by Indiana Arts Commission and the Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County.

FREE – Donations Accepted – Contact: (812) 265-3225



Mr. Gliadkovsky’s performances have been met with great enthusiasm by both audiences and music critics in Europe, Russia and North America. Josef Woodard, a critic at the Los Angeles Times, wrote: “…the intensity and a nicely honed musicality left the audience stunned…enthralling…all in all, a gripping and masterful performance”. “Fine dramatic sense…appealing range of emotional effects and pianistic devices…wonderful” writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram; “The most impressive…memorable… deep musician… fine interpretation” – Izvestia (Moscow, Russia). Since making his first public appearance in Moscow at the age of 6, Mr. Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow’s prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic’s Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. The venues included Purcell Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Centers for the Arts in Scottsdale and Chandler AZ, National Gallery of Art and Catholic University in Washington, DC, 1st Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Philharmonic Hall in Poznan, Poland, and many others. He has performed at various music festivals, such as Aspen, Ventura, Music in the Mountains, Redlands Bowl festivals in the USA, Credomatic Festival in Costa Rica, and worked with well-known conductors Pierre Boulez, Mehli Mehta, Gordon Johnson, John Farrer, Mischa Semanitzky, Patrick Flynn, among others.  His CDs include 2 CDs for Alexei Records, 5 CDs for CMK Classics labels, as well as multiple broadcasts of his concerts on nationwide TV and Radio networks in USA, Russia and other countries.


Dr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching at Saddleback College as a Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies. Prior to coming to Saddleback, he has been on the piano faculty at USC and Santa Monica College and served as the head of piano area at SUU (Southern Utah University) in Cedar City, UT.  Mr. Gliadkovsky has been in demand as a masterclass artist-teacher and piano adjudicator in piano competitions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and many other cities. His students have won prizes at various piano contests and have been accepted to schools such as USC, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Peabody and San Francisco Conservatories, UCSB, UNT, SMU, BYU and USU, often with fellowship and scholarship awards. Dr. Gliadkovsky has given lectures and demonstrations at many music conferences, including the MTNA. He has recently published an article on artistic pedaling in California Music Teacher Magazine (March 2018). This season alone, while on sabbatical, he performed and traveled in 20+ countries in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, as well as gave recitals/masterclasses in NYC, NM, CA, with many more upcoming ones in TN, OH, IN, NH, NYC, and in both Southern and Northern California.




FEBRUARY 11 1997

Pianist Gliadkovsky Stuns With Intensity

The Raitt Recital Hall at Pepper-dine is a small wonder among venues in the area, an acoustically sensitive place where no pin drop goes unnoticed. Which meant that nobody in the hall Sunday had the slightest problem hearing pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky, whose often thunderous approach shook the proverbial rafters.

In fact, the intensity—and a nicely honed musicality—left the audience a bit stunned at times. Laying into the low end of the piano in particular, the Russian-born, Los Angeles-based pianist reminded us of the stentorian po­tential of his instrument. But in this mostly romantic pro­gram, highlighted by Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” the more is more” approach was war­ranted, and the result was often enthralling. In its rigorous solo piano version, Mussorgsky’s classic piece of “picturesque” writing as­sumes an identity as a heroic tour de force, in contrast to Ravel’s colorful and popular orchestration.

Gliadkovsky was up to the chal­lenge, coaxing a spectrum of dy­namic levels required by the work’s 16 separate vignettes, but obviously savoring the fortissimo moments, right up to the trium­phant finale. He took no prisoners.

He opened the recital, somewhat deceptively, with Clementi’s So­nata, Opus 24, No. 2, the last bit of classical restraint all afternoon. The pianist brought apt extremes of tenderness and bombast to Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Opus 24, with an episodic and quasi-narrative structure similar to the Mussorgsky

– Josef Woodard

March 18, 2004
To take a journey with Beethoven is to experience romance, majesty, grace, drama, playfulness, reverence and ferocity – all in a matter of seconds.

The Inland Empire Philharmonic and Russian-born pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky took audiences on an emotion-packed musical excursion during Saturday’s all-Beethoven concert at Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

Gliadkovsky, who wowed Philharmonic audiences last sea­son with his virtuosity, proved his mastery, both technically and emotionally, with a powerful performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto.”

Several words describe the essence of Gliadkovsky’s unique style: graceful, nimble, energetic, fierce, serious, confident, authen­tic.

During the nearly 40-minute, three-movement piece, Gliadkovsky captured the elegant… magisterial and aggressive themes in Beethoven’s last piano concerto. His fingers moved up and down the piano’s-88 keys at blurring speed. His head bobbed back and forth to the concerto’s martial rhythms. On many occa­sions, Gliadkovsky popped out of his seat as if he couldn’t contain his rapture with/the music.

During the concerto’s second movement (a slower, romantic, more lyrical section of the piece), Gliadkovsky seemed to let the music take over his emotions. He closed his eyes, hunched over the keys in concentration and at one moment, gazed heavenward. (Thanks to two large-screen pro­jections during the performance, the audience got close-up looks at Gliadkovsky’s fingers and facial expressions, as well as individual members of the Philharmonic.)

The 72-member orchestra pro­vided solid support for its soloist Conductor Patrick Flynn served as a wonderful conduit between the orchestra and Gliadkovsky. His interaction with the musicians was seamless, smooth and complete.

– by Jennifer Cho Salaff, staff writer

Recordings Samples:

Balakirev Islamey
Schumann Symphonic Etudes  and
Chopin Fantasy Op. 49
Taneiev Prelude in Fugue in G # Minor
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2, finale and


October 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Madison Performing Arts Foundation


Madison Presbyterian Church
202 Broadway Street
Madison, IN 47250 United States
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