Nikolay Khozyainov. Courtesy image.
The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, the non-profit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1973 to present exceptional classical musicians in Mill Valley at affordable ticket prices, heads into 2019 with a doozy of a performance featuring Nikolay Khozyainov, widely regarded as one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation.

The performance, the latest in the organization’s 46th season of Marin Chamber Performances concert series, is set for Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church

Still in his twenties, Khozyainov’s featured recitals and concerto engagements have already included sold-out performances at many of the world’s foremost stages. Born in Blagoveshchensk, a city in the Russian Far East, Khozyainov began to play the piano at the age of five and his musical talent was discovered immediately. He moved to the capital to continue his studies and at the age of seven, he made his public debut with the Handel Piano Concerto at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Khozyainov currently lives in Germany where he is pursuing an Advance Degree studying at the Hannover Hochschule fur Music under the guidance of Professor Arie Vardi. His growing list of awards includes being the youngest finalist of the XVI International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland in October 2010. For the occasion, critics hailed Khozyainov as “an amazing artist of an incredibly large scale. One can feel he is a continuation of the great Russian tradition of piano playing. Khozyainov was the closest one in the competition to Chopin’s sensitivity. His performance had a spiritual sound.”

The program for the evening is: Chopin: Nocturne, op.62; Chopin: Ballade #2, op.38; Stravinsky: 3 movements from Petroushka; Stravinsky: Danse Sacrale from “Rite of Spring”; Jorg Widmann: Sonatina Facile; Beethoven: Sonata in F major “Appassionata.”

MV Chamber Music Society’s 2018-19 season continues with St. Lawrence String Quartet with clarinetist Todd Palmer on Feb. 17, 2019 and and Fauré Quartet on March 24, 2019. As usual, the organization will cap its season by showcasing the talents of five emerging classical musicians at the annual Marin Music Chest “Young Artists’ Concert” on May 19, 2019.
The 411: The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents a concert by Nikolay Khozyainov on Sunday, January 13 at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave. at 5 p.m. Single tickets are $35 general and FREE for youth, teen and college music students. Students 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Season subscriptions options include $120 per person for all five concerts or a mini-subscription for $90 for three concerts. All subscribers receive a complimentary ticket to the annual Marin Music Chest Young Artists Concert in May 2019. MORE INFO & TIX