plays Ivo Josipovic
They often say, God never gives only a single talent...
An amazing personality, Ivo Josipovic is not only a successful politician (former president of Croatia), a professor of Law Faculty of Zagreb University and legal expert, but an exceptional composer and pianist that has published numerous compact disks with his instrumental, chamber and symphony music, and at the moment working on an opera.
Ivo Josipovic - composer, lawyer, politician, President of Croatia 2010-2015
Recently Ksenia had a pleasure to meet Ivo Josipovic and discover his music. She was deeply impressed by his compositions, and confessed in her interview to Croatian radio that she's been excited to learn how strongly his style corresponds to her creative personality. Ksenia always looks for a new inspiration and fresh music for her original projects. Meeting this wonderful composer inspired Ksenia to prepare a new program that would include Josipovic music.
Ksenia Kogan has started 2016 year with an intriguing collaboration with a dancer and choreographer Brahim Rachiki whose talent, charisma and experience are rare and exceptional. Brahim Rachiki choreographed for Michael Jackson and collaborated on his concert and movie "This Is It!" He was a choreographer of "Vogue" for Madonna and her "Sticky & Sweet" tour. He also choreographed Janet Jackson's "Life is a Discipline" among others.
Passionate but thoughtful, my engine is creation. Adversity attracts me because it pushes me to bring out the best of myself. But as the proverb says, we must be courageous in the face of adversity and suffering we understand more things.... Curious by nature, I like challenges. I always go beyond my limits ... - Brahim describes himself.
Choreographer, dancer, director, film actor, painter, model - a multi-disciplined artist Brahim Rachiki is preparing a new project together with Ksenia Kogan. And soon they are going to reveal what is the project about....
Sabato 06 febbraio e sabato 13 febbraio 2016 alle 17:00
Il 6 febbraio ricorre l'onomastico di Santa Ksenia, patrona di Pietroburgo e coincidenza vuole che proprio oggi «Sabato Pian Piano» ospita una giovane pianista di nome Ksenia Kogan, russa di nascita e di formazione (ha studiato al Conservatorio Čajkovskij di Mosca), belga di "adozione" (ha proseguito gli studi alla Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth di Bruxelles), e presto - forse - ticinese per scelta. Nel corso della conversazione che Roberto Corrent ha realizzato con lei - e che ascolteremo in due parti - sarà possibile ascoltare Ksenia Kogan interprete di pagine tratte dalla raccolta di Pezzi per pianoforte op. 118 di Johannes Brahms. Ma per cominciare un'Étude di Fryderyk Chopin.
Sabato Pian Piano
di Roberto Corrent
a guest -
On the 24th of February 2015 the project “Report on the Blind” will present its German premiere that will take place in Berlin's Konzerthaus. The Konzerthaus is a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt square, in the central Mitte district of Berlin housing the German orchestra Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Built as a theatre from 1818 to 1821 under the name of the Schauspielhaus Berlin, its usage changed to a concert hall after the Second World War and its name changed to its present one in 1994. All the performers remain the same as in London; however, there is a slight change in the program: in the beginning of the concert the audience will hear Prelude and Scherzo Op.11 by another Russian composer of the 20th century Dmitry Shostakovich that together with Alfred Schnittke Concerto creates a unified spirit of the Russian culture of the past century. To buy tickets, please click here
SHOW MUST GO ON - Report on the Blind continues its bunch of premieres: a European premiere in London
Queen Elizabeth Hall is the second largest venue on the Southbank Centre site, hosting some of the biggest names as well as emerging artists. See everything from piano recitals and readings to dance, performance and gigs. The Purcell Room and The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall are the perfect venues for intimate readings, talks and gigs.
On February, 23 the first half of the evening will be crowned with the European Premiere of the project “Report on the Blind” performed by the Korean Chamber Orchestra, guest coductor Ralf Gothoni, solo pianist Ksenia Kogan and narrator John Malkovich. Korean Chamber Orchestra and violinist Soyoung Yoon will continue the second half of the program performing Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and Schubert's Symphony no.5.
BLIND RULE THE WORLD
"Report on the Blind" had WORLD PREMIERE in Seoul
An astonishing success - John Malkovich and Ksenia Kogan have conquered the South Korean audience by their new avant-garde show called Report on the Blind.
A Hollywood actor took to the stage in Seoul Arts Center on 14 January 2015 to premiere his classical music collaboration with solo pianist Ksenia Kogan. The Dangerous Liaisons actor, who created the piece together with Kogan, provides narration in time with music performed by the pianist and the Korean Chamber Orchestra. Malkovich read sections from the Ernesto Sabato novel On Heroes and Tombs over a piano concerto composed by Alfred Schnittke. Over 2500 people in the hall - the show was SOLD OUT a few days before the event. Artists won standing ovation and for a long time simply could not leave the stage!
Now the Report on the Blind is going to travel across the world and who knows how many hearts the project wins through 2015!
Follow it - the tickets are available on-line. Check it out on www.swissgart.com
President of the jury
In the beginning of December 2014 the 23rd edition of Gianluca Campochiaro International Music Competition took place in Catania, Sicily.
Ksenia Kogan was invited as a President of the Jury for the sections Piano solo and Piano ensambles in all categories. Winners of the competition had an honor to perform at the legendary Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania.
Ksenia established a fruitful collaboration at the competition and therefore has been re-invited by organizers to visit Catania again in December 2015 to join the 24th edition of Campochiaro competition.
NEW VIDEO of Ksenia's performance in Moscow
Ksenia's performances in Queen Elizabeth hall in London and Konzerthaus in Berlin with the project "Report on the Blind" were followed by a concert in Great hall of Moscow Conservatory on February, 24. Ksenia returned to Russia for the first time after several years and admitted that she was happy to re-enter the stage of her alma mater Tchaikovsky conservatory.
This time Alfred Schnittke Concerto for piano and string orchestra has been presented in its original version - without narration or any theatrical action, which seemed to be appreciated by the Moscow audience. There were some known musicians/ Moscovites in the audience who had also attended the premiere of this concerto many years ago, interpreted by Vladimir Krainev to whom this piece was dedicated by the composer himself. They stated that Ksenia has brought a fresh and different vision to this music filling it with a profound concept and tension, and was still able to keep the Schnittke spirit and his original style. Despite great respect for Schnittke's music in Russia, this concerto is a rare piece in pianists' repertoires and isn't performed often in concert. Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth shared the stage with Kogan in Moscow in this event titled "Starry Night Concert" .
Ksenia Kogan for Ticino Management
summer 2015 edition
Ksenia gave an interview to the only women's magazine in Switzerland in Italian. Ticino Management DONNA is recognazed as number one women's magazine in Ticino. The atricle speaks about Ksenia's career and professional preferences, her stage experience and new creative ideas. Ksenia describes her show with John Malkovich "Report on the Blind" and reveals some secrets about desired goals and sacred dreams.
Apart of an inspiring article Ksenia has been engaged as a model of the edition posing for a cover-page of the magazine, wearing Cartier jewellery and Emilio Pucci outfit. This edition is in sale in Switzerland from June to September 2015.
Renowned Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo
Ksenia has been appointed as an Artistic Director of Vocal section of the 25th "Gianluca Campochiaro" International Music Competition in 2016 in addition to her previous commitment of an Artistic Director of Piano section.
KOGAN & YOON: Triumph in Zagreb
Pianist Ksenia Kogan and violinist Soyoung Yoon have recently conquered Croatian capital! Experienced and knowledgable Zagreb's audience had quite a shot of energising classical repertoire that night - Wieniawski 1st Violin Concerto and Grieg Piano Concerto have been presented at the same first half of the concert. Then in the second half two soloists have merged in a young and vivid spirit of early Mendelssohn Double concerto, that they have previously recorded on DUX label. The evening has been beautifully accompanied by the Orchestra of the Croatian Radio-Television under masterful conducting of Maestro Tomislav Facini. The sold-out Lisinski Concert Hall was granting musicians with never-ending applauses and standing ovations.