Vashon Center for the Arts is proud to introduce a new summer classical piano series – PianoFête – presenting four dazzling and unique concert experiences featuring acclaimed pianists Vyacheslav Gryaznov, Katya Kramer-Lapin, and Konstantin Soukhovetski, with musicians from Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra joining in on the Grand Finale (July 9). Conceived and curated by artist-in-residence Vyacheslav Gryaznov, this series will be the first time VCA’s Katherine L. White Hall will host two concert grand pianos on stage to accommodate the mastery of four hands playing compositions ranging from Rachmaninoff to Ravel.
July 6 Program Highlights | Day One
Katya Kramer-Lapin, Vyacheslav Gryaznov
Medtner – Triada op. 11
Scriabin – Sonata No. 9
Rachmaninoff – Volodos. Andante from the Cello Sonata.
Faure – Suite “Dolly”, for piano four-hands
Ravel – Ma mère l’Oye, for piano four-hands
Ravel – Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloe, two pianos
This performance includes a 15-minute intermission
Vyacheslav Gryaznov – Russian concert pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov, arranger and composer, is the author of more than 40 concert arrangements. He has gained a reputation as one of the most remarkable young arrangers working today. In 2014 Gryaznov signed a publishing contract with Schott Music, the youngest Russian in their history to do so. He graduated with honors from the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Professor Manana Kandelaki. He proceeded with undergraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Yuri Slesarev), once again completing his degree with honors. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a postgraduate student and was on the teaching faculty of the Moscow Conservatory’s Piano Department. In 2018 he completed Yale University’s Artist Diploma program under the Yale School of Music’s Professor Boris Berman. He is an artist of the Moscow Philharmonic and is an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society in the United States. PianoFête marks Slava’s fourth return to Vashon Center for the Arts.
Katya Kramer-Lapin – Charismatic pianist and recording artist Katya Kramer-Lapin debuted with her solo album “Luminescence” at Oclassica digital label in the Spring of 2022. Katya’s solo concert appearances include UNESCO Headquarters, patroned by John Paul II in Paris, France; World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, as well as solo and chamber performances in major halls in Taiwan, Europe and Russia. One of Katya’s passions is the genre of piano-transcriptions. As an educator and interpreter, Katya’s solo recent engagements represent various important works of this genre. In addition to solo career, Katya enjoys being a co-founder of “Duo Amabile”, a violin-piano duet with her husband, violinist Matvey Lapin.
Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30pm
– Come early for a PreShow Discussion at 7:15pm –
18 and under FREE
FêtePass for $75 (includes admission to all 4 concerts)
FêtePass only available for purchase via the VCA Box Office at 206.259.3007
Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
PianoFête is made possible with generous support from Mary & Whit Carhart