Elia Cecino at Steinway Hall for The Keyboard Charitable Trust playing Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin.
A twenty year old pianist who plays with the maturity of someone twice his age. Winner of so many prestigious prizes including the Premio Venezia and recently the Mottram International Concerto Competition in Manchester. The irascible impatient Beethoven of the first movement of the Sonata op 31 n.1 was played with a rhythmic rigour and extraordinary contrasts. Immediately calmed by the unexpected beauty of the bel canto of the Adagio grazioso that was only to be attempted by Beethoven again in the much later Hammerklavier. Beethoven’s simple final pastoral jaunt in the Viennese countryside was played with an eloquence and scrupulous attention to detail.