Alexander Melnikov (photo Julien Mignot)

The man with the many pianos

Alexander Melnikov
Fri 26 Apr 2024 20:15 - 22:10
Fri 26 Apr 2024
20:15 - 22:10
  • Fri 26 Apr 2024
    20:15 - 22:10
    Interval 21:10
    Grote Zaal


Johann Sebastian Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fuga BWV 903
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Fantasy in fis Wq 67 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Fantasy in c KV475 
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Fantasy in fis op. 28 ‘Sonate écossaise' 
Frédéric Chopin Fantasy in f op. 49
Aleksandr Skrjabin Fantasy in b op. 28 
Alfred Schnittke Improvisation and Fuga


Alexander Melnikov piano

From harpsichord to concert grand piano

Alexander Melnikov is as whimsical as he is a genius. Not only does he have an immensely wide repertoire, he also plays many kinds of pianos. For his internationally acclaimed programme Many Pianos, he plays no less than four historical keyboard instruments, alongside the Steinway concert grand piano. With fantasies from Bach, via Mozart, Chopin and Skrjabin to Schnittke, Melnikov is your guide on a delightful journey of discovery through the minds of these composers. At the same time, he highlights the development from the fortepiano to the modern concert grand piano.

Alexander Melnikov stands out from many other pianists in that both the historical fortepiano and the modern concert grand have no secrets for him. To best showcase the way various composers used the instrument of their time, Melnikov chose the free form of fantasy. Imagine yourself in the living room of composers from three different centuries who explore their instrument while improvising.

Programme booklet (Dutch)