Kalina Mrmevska, piano
Matthieu Cognet, piano
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Andante and Variations in G Major, K. 501
I. Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Petrushka (Arr. for Piano Four-Hands)
Fourth tableau: The Shrovetide Fair (Toward Evening)
Goce Gavrilovski (1978-
Duni-Daj rew. = 2012/2020 *
Grace Notes (2019) *
F. Schubert (1797-1828)
Fantasia in F minor, D. 940
* World premier performance
Oct 31, 2021 7:00 PM ET Premier
Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2021 OnDemand
Kalina Mrmevska, piano
Hailed by critics as “a pianist of enviable power,” “an artist of clear and vivid vision,” Ms. Mrmevska made her debut at the age of 9, winning first prizes in national competitions. At 12, she made her orchestral debut with the Macedonian Philharmonic. At 18, she represented N. Macedonia at the EBU Eurovision Contest for young musicians. She took 1st prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Talents “Rovere d’Oro” and 2 nd prize at the “Schumann-Young Chang”.
Mrmevska has performed as a recitalist and orchestra soloist across Europe and the U.S. in venues such as Musikhalle Hamburg, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Danube Palace, Budapest, Chicago Cultural Center.
As a humanitarian, Mrmevska was active in an NGO which rescued children during the Balkan wars. She was awarded the “13th November Prize of the City of Skopje ” for outstanding achievement. In 2006 Mrmevska appeared in Shadows, directed by M. Manchevski. Committed to promoting Macedonian music, Mrmevska has given world premieres of Macedonian composers. Her next CD will feature further examples of this genre. In her native Macedonia, she often appears on national media and in Chicago she was broadcast live by WFMT at the prestigious Dame Myra Hess concert series.
She is a DAAD scholar, as well as the recipient of O. Stöterau and the Oscar and Vera Stiftung. She received the J. Bradley Award from the U of Denver, as well as the prestigious Staller Scholar Award from SUNY at Stony Brook, where she completed her DMA in piano performance under the renowned pianist Gilbert Kalish.
Ms. Mrmevska is also an active teaching artist and educator. At SUNY in New York, she coached advanced students and taught undergraduate courses. Her students have won soloist competitions and performed at Lincoln Center. She is a jury member at competitions such as LIC Soloist, Danube International Concerto, Sound Symphony Solo and Yamaha Piano/Breckenridge Concerto. In 2018 she joined the distinguished piano faculty at Scriabin Summer Piano Academy, where she continues to teach individual lessons and lecture on music history.
In the season of 2021/22 Ms. Mrmevska will be an Artist in Residence at universities and colleges in the USA, including Tennessee Tech, Houston Community College. She will be a guest artist with Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the German Consulate in New York, as well as festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Matthieu Cognet, piano
French Pianist Matthieu Cognet is an active soloist and sought-after chamber player who performs extensively in Europe and the United States. He has appeared in major venues and festivals, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Cultural Institute of Chicago, the Rushmore Music Festival, SD, the Festival Memphis in May, the Saint Georges Music Festival (Guadeloupe), and the Prades and Pianissimes Festivals (France).
Matthieu Cognet is a laureate of the Concours Musical de France, the Bloomington Travel Grant, Stony Brook Concerto, New York Forte and Entraide Française Competitions. He has been a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Stony Brook University Orchestra, Indiana University Orchestra, and the Paris Sorbonne Orchestra. His recital and chamber music performances have been featured on Radio France, Italian Rai and Chicago WMFT Radio broadcasts.
Mr. Cognet received degrees from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris–CNR, the University of La Sorbonne in Paris, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Indiana University. In May 2017, he graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, under the guidance of Professor Gilbert Kalish.
In addition to his performing activities, Mr. Cognet released his own arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s La Valse for piano solo under the label Lauren Keiser/Hal Leonard Publications. He is also the Artistic and Master Class Director of the French-American Piano Society. He has released two albums “Debut Recital” in 2011 and “Mit Humor” in 2019, under the label Odradek Records for the latter, with excellent reviews (Gramophone Magazine).
He is currently a Staff Pianist at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he currently lives.