Two great pianists playing on Sunday at two different venues: a scheduling nightmare or a chance to do some fancy footwork?
Russian pianist Vassily Primakov and friends will play at 2 p.m. at The Hyde Collection as part of the deBlasiis Chamber Music Series. French pianist Francois Dumont will solo with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. at the Glens Falls High School auditorium.
Both pianists are veterans of the competition circuit and both won at the Cleveland International Piano Competition: Primakov won second prize in 1999 and Dumont won third prize in 2013.
Primakov and Friends at the deBlasiis Chamber Music Series
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls
HOW MUCH: $25, $5
MORE INFO: 792-2383, www.deblasiis-chamber-music.org
Competitions are a world unto themselves for which hundreds apply but usually less than 25 percent are selected to participate. The Cleveland was a learning experience and a place to fulfill goals for both men.
“A lot of pianists go to try to win and get money, but honestly, for me, I had to push myself harder than any other time at an incredible level of concentration to make everything right,” Primakov said from New York City. “The stakes were higher and I learned more repertoire.”
Dumont, who had won several other competitions before the Cleveland, had specific goals in mind.
“I’d been concertizing all over Europe and Asia but not in America. That’s why I entered. That was my real goal: to get known especially in countries where I’m not known and maybe be discovered and find new audiences,” he said from Lyon, France.
Winning brought money and concerts.
Dumont and the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Glens Falls High School, 10 Quade St., Glens Falls
HOW MUCH: $30-$10
MORE INFO: 793-1348, www.theglensfallssymphony.org
“It was great exposure,” Dumont said. “Playing in Cleveland was more than a treat. The conditions were superb. I’m so impressed with the level of American orchestras.”
For Primakov, who went on to win prizes at other competitions as well as attend The Juilliard School, it was “non-stop concerts,” both in recital and solo with orchestra.
However, now that Dumont is 28 and Primakov is 35, they have retired from competitions and moved on in their careers.
“I’d done little chamber music, so I stepped back and decided to expand my horizons to play more in groups,” Primakov said.
“Now, my life is more interesting. I’ve established a duo piano with Natalia Lavrova and we started our own record company, L.P. Classics Inc. [in 2011]. We wanted to record rarely heard repertoire. We have more than 20 albums now.”
Primakov also fills in for his former teacher, Jerome Rosenthal, at Juilliard and occasionally does solo appearances with orchestras in Europe.
Dumont has a full performance schedule and after his Glens Falls concert, he and his wife, opera singer Helen Kearns, will head to New York City and Cleveland for some duo concerts.
On Sunday, Primakov, violinist Joana Genova, violist Ariel Rudiakov and cellist Ben Capps will perform Mozart’s Quartet in G minor, Faure’s Quartet in C minor, and Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata. They’re all long-time colleagues from the Manchester Music Festival.
Dumont will perform Brahms’ Concerto No. 2.
“It’s a masterful creation, the Everest of concertos . . . with a cosmic dimension,” he said, “I must have my antennas open to get the [conversational] flow with the orchestra.”
Also on the program is Dukas’ Overture to “La Peri” and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3.