Piano concert – Viatcheslav Novikov
W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
Welcome to an unforgettable journey into the world of classical music!
Experience an enchanting moment in PihlasResort’s Elo Hall surrounded by the works of great composers. Viatcheslav Novikov will perform at PihlasResort on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 3:00 PM. The concert duration is 1 hour.
Viatcheslav Novikov, born in 1947 in Ukraine, is a pianist who has been residing in Finland since 1989. Novikov studied at the Kiev Conservatory under the guidance of Professor Vsevolod Topilin and has performed thousands of concerts both as a soloist and in various ensembles. Novikov has played in all former Soviet countries and across Europe, as well as in countries such as Brazil, South Korea, and Japan. Novikov has been quoted several times as one of the world’s best interpreters of Franz Schubert and as a pianist on the level of world-renowned Radu Lupu and Vladimir Horowitz.
Among composers, Franz Schubert has been particularly significant to Novikov throughout his musical career. The concert in Joroinen is the first where Novikov will present his new repertoire. This performance in Joroinen is the premiere of Novikov playing his new repertoire, featuring Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Schubert’s three piano pieces D.946.
W. A. Mozart – Fantasy in D Minor K. 397
(Andante – Adagio – Allegretto)
L. van Beethoven – Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 “Quasi una fantasia”
1. Adagio sostenuto
3. Presto agitato
Franz Schubert – Drei Klavierstücke D. 946
1. Allegro assai
Concert ticket and lunch at Restaurant Siimes before the concert: €64 (+ lippu.fi service fee)
Enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch before the concert at Restaurant Siimes, located near Elo Hall. A three-course table-serviced lunch is included in the ticket price. Drinks are ordered separately at the venue.
Concert ticket and mulled wine service at Café Trapesa: €19 (+ lippu.fi service fee)
Immerse yourself in the Christmas atmosphere at Café Trapesa with hot mulled wine before or after the concert. The café, located near Elo Hall, features a Christmas café during the holiday season where, in addition to mulled wine, you can enjoy seasonal pastries and perhaps take a moment for Christmas gift shopping. No table reservation is needed for the mulled wine service, and mulled wine is included in the ticket price.
There are two parking areas on the PihlasResort premises. For guests arriving for lunch, we recommend parking in the parking area in front of Restaurant Siimes, from where you can walk to Elo Hall along a charming illuminated footpath (distance approximately 400 m). For those enjoying mulled wine at the Christmas café, we recommend parking in the parking area in front of Café Trapesa. From the café, we encourage you to walk to Elo Hall (distance approximately 400 m). Limited parking spaces are available in front of Elo Hall for guests with mobility restrictions.
Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 1947, the acclaimed pianist Viatcheslav Novikov has been residing in Finland since 1989. Novikov studied at the Kiev Conservatory under the guidance of Professor Vsevolod Topilin and completed his postgraduate studies under the direction of Professor A. Aleksandrov.
Novikov’s journey to musical fame began as a soloist with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, a role he held for over a decade. Throughout his career, Novikov has performed thousands of concerts as a soloist and collaborated with other esteemed soloists, singers, and instrumentalists. European tours in various ensembles further contributed to Novikov’s reputation as a respected pianist and interpreter.
In addition to classical music, Novikov has a significant presence in the jazz genre, a passion he continues to pursue. In 1977, the Soviet-owned record label Melodiya, under the Ministry of Culture, released a jazz album titled “Lyrical Mood,” featuring Novikov alongside A. Christidis, V. Kolesnikov, and V. Molotkov. This album marked the first-ever jazz recording in Ukraine. Novikov has also performed with Estonian bassist Toivo Unt and American drummer Brian Melvin at various jazz festivals in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania. Their trio released the album “Paintings” in 2006. Novikov’s specialty lies in presenting classical works as jazz improvisations (Classics in Jazz).
In 1979, Novikov founded the chamber music trio Kiev Piano Trio with violinist Anatoli Melnikov and cellist Viatcheslav Ponomarov. The trio toured extensively across the Soviet Union, becoming one of its most famous and esteemed ensembles. In the early 1980s, the trio performed over a hundred concerts annually.
In 1989, Novikov received an invitation to Finland for a small chamber music festival in Puumala. The concerts in Puumala were a great success, and Seppo Heikinheimo, a renowned critic for Helsingin Sanomat, praised the relatively unknown Novikov as a “genius by the grace of God.” In 1994, Novikov was invited to the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, where he ultimately performed for six consecutive summers from 1995 to 2000. The concerts in Kuhmo led to invitations and contacts worldwide, and Novikov performed in countries such as Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Poland, and Austria.
Over the years, Novikov has been quoted several times as one of the world’s best interpreters of Schubert and as a pianist on the level of world-renowned artists Radu Lupu and Vladimir Horowitz. Throughout his career, Novikov has recorded 14 albums, with his latest release, a live performance of Schubert’s Impromptus D.899 and D.935, scheduled for the fall of 2023.