Fantaisie, Op. 17 & Scènes d
Robert Schumann

Fantaisie, Op. 17 & Scènes d'enfants, Op. 15

Luka Okros

Label: disc’auvers Records-Festival d'Auvers
Format: CD
Barcode: 3341348159577
Catalog number: DAS 016
Releasedate: 20-01-17
- international price winning pianist plays Shumann's Opus 17 & 15 
The Renaissance positioned man at the center of the world: in the 19th century, Romanticism found its source in the affirmation of 'self'. Schumann, more than any other, imbues his works with the vicissitudes of his own existence, where the heart takes precedence over reason. A fine, sensitive soul, bipolar to extremes, he entrusted his torments and his dreams to the piano, revealing an urge to fuse artistic expression with an inextinguishable desire for the absolute. His universe defies logic and common sense, although his daring trajectories are sometimes held back by an irrepressible need to hold on to a reassuring past. Suffused with the mysteries of night - like the copper and bronze tinted paintings of Cas- pard David Friedrich - and the fearfulness of deep forests wrapped in profound darkness, he suggests a world of allusions, of masks, metaphors, and literary reminiscences. The double personality of the contrasting faces of Eusebius and florestan springs from the spidery calligraphy of the score, over which hover the wings of genius.

Overall winner by unanimous decision at the International Piano Campus 2015 in Pontoise, Georgian Luka Okros (born in Tbilisi in 1991) also won the Public Prize and the Theatre 95 Prize. Through his profound sensitivity, his fluid, natural playing and the charm of his perso- nality, he impressed the members of the jury, who sensed in him an artist of rich potential, going so far as to compare him to a young Murray Perahia. After training at the Central Music School in his home town, at the age of nine he was offered a place at Vladimir Spi- vakov’s Foundation for gifted children in Russia. In 2008 he joined the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire to study under the eminent teacher Sergei Dorensky, whose former pupils include Denis Matsuev and Nikolaï Lugansky. By winning the Scholarship he moved to Lon- don to study at the Royal College of Music, to work with Norma Fisher. At the age of 18 he had a debut recital at the Carnegie Hall. Luka has already garnered several top prizes: in Ukraine (Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition 2010), in Kazakhstan (2011), in Spain (Iturbi Prize International Piano Competition 2015), in France (Gold Prize Internatio- nal Competition Piano Campus), in Morocco (Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra Interna- tional Piano Competition 2016), and recently in Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Piano Competition 2016). This accomplished and promising young alchemist turns all he touches into gold, and his first CD dedicated to major works by Robert Schumann (released by DiscAuverS) bears the hallmark of a remarkable maturity.