2018 December 08 / 19:30
Excursions/Field Trips/Sidesteps
Wiener Konzerthaus

Luka Okros is one of the most promising pianists of his generation. Born in 1991 (Tbilisi,Georgia), he began his piano studies at the age of 4. At the age of 5 Luka gave his firstpublic performance and at 6 he made his debut with the Tbilisi State Orchestra under Revaz Takidze. In 1999 aged only 8, Luka played for the leading Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, who immediately offered him a scholarship and later financial support for his move to Russia in 2004. In 2013 Luka Okros graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. Sergei Dorensky. The same year he was awarded a full scholarship for a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied piano with Prof. Norma Fisher. His prizes awarded in international competitions include first prize at the Hannover Chopin International Piano Competition (2017), first prize at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2016), first prize at the Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition (2016), first prize at the Cergy Pontoise Piano Campus Competition (2015) and the first Iturbi Prize at the Valencia International Piano Competition (2015). He has also won prestigious awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Tillett Trust and the Verbier Festival Piano Award from the Tabor Foundation in Switzerland. At the age of 18, Luka Okros made his US debut at the Carnegie Hall. He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls, including the Concertgebouw of Barcelona and Valencia. He has also performed in more than 30 countries, including Austria, Barbados, China, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and the Ukraine. Luka Okros has been recorded and broadcasted numerous times on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, NPO 4, Radio Vltava, Hong Kong Radio 4 and Georgian Radio 1. Luka Okros’s debut with the Royal Scot tland's National Orchestra, conducted by ThomasSondergård, was broadcast on ClassicFM. Luka Okros’s CD of works by Schumann was released on DiscAuverS Records and presented in Salle Cortot, Paris, in Autumn 2016. This CD was highly acclaimed by many music lovers and professionalmusicians, including a “four out of four” in the French magazine «Classica».

“Winner of the Gold medal at the Piano Campus International Piano Competition 2015 (Cergy-Pontoise, France), Georgian pianist Luka Okros grasps the Fantasia in both a personal and brilliant way. The phrasing is ensured with great nobility and precision. It is a phrasing that goes far, using a quality of tone which already announces impressionism. The translucent gentleness of the touch, almost nearing affectation, never loses the architecture of the phrases. Luka Okros is able to restore the importance of the rests and holds the audience breathless. His silky and precise touch is enhanced by the magnificent Yamaha CFX tuned by Pierre Malbos. A piano saturated with colours, harmonics, almost too beautiful, when one knows how the two themes of the first movement clash with heartrending violence: Schumann dedicates the piece to Liszt, but it is Clara who is in his thoughts constantly. The vertical composition of the second movement has a Beethovenian force in it. Luka Okros masters the rhythmical density of it as well as the layers of dynamics. But it is even more in the “finale” that one applauses: at last a pianist who plays “Langsam getragen”! These bars which ensure the most perfect parallelism of the two hands create a new tribute to Beethoven, but also to Schubert. This “finale”, nocturnal day-dream, is recreated here with a deepness which only belongs to the great performers of this work. The touch in “Kinderszenen” is very close to the keyboard, maybe slightly in a velvety Chopinian style. But the result is still splendid, sonority-wise, with an adorable delicacy. Now here is a magnificent record of a pianist you have to take account of in the future”. Stephane Friederich “Classica” June 2017, France

 

Image: Heribert Friedl