Tamara Stefanovich opens London Piano Festival on new Yamaha CFX with Bach, Rameau and Messiaen
Tamara Stefanovich performed on the new Yamaha CFX at Kings place, London on 6 October 2022. With a programme of works spanning centuries, Stefanovich presented an evening of elegance, tenderness, terror and mighty sonorities on the CFX. In Stefanovich’s words, this was a “cocktail of birds, mystical creatures and rhythms galore”, and the result was extraordinary, delighting the audience, which included renowned pianist Alfred Brendel, and London Piano Festival Artistic Directors, Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen.
The innovative programming by Stefanovich demanded a piano which could respond to the artistry and intentions of the pianist. The Yamaha CFX, prepared by Yamaha piano technician Shinya Maeda, was chosen by Stefanovich after being introduced for the first time earlier this year. Describing it as “utterly phenomenal”, she expressed high praise for the piano following the concert: “I cannot sing enough praises to the extraordinary Yamaha instrument I was lucky to play yesterday” says Stefanovich, “it is a mix of Ferrari, spaceship and a palette of colours of the best of painters – this is truly a dream to play on it”.
Concert reviewers and audience members have praised Stefanovich’s performance, in particular her artistic skill in connecting these seemingly distant composers, through rhythm, colour and evocative expression on the CFX. Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International, describes the seamless transition between the likes of Rameau and Messiaen, despite there being nearly 150 years between the two composers’ lifetimes, “Indeed, great Scarlatti pianists came to my mind in the display and relish we heard for score and instrument alike. Repeated notes offered a strange yet convincing rainbow bridge between this and the next Messiaen piece”.