Status: 21.09.2023, 18:00 p.m.
By: Magnus Reitinger
Pianist Lilian Akopova, who has won many awards, will play works by Bach, Debussy, Kapustin and Liszt in the Pollingen Library Hall on 8 October. © www.lilianakopova.com
With the performance of the exceptional pianist Lilian Akopova, a new concert agency will be presented on 8 October in the Polling Library Hall. The organizer is actually a flight captain – and doesn't want to make a profit with his concerts.
Polling – "bluenotes classic" is the name of the newly founded agency, which celebrates its premiere with Akopova's piano recital on Sunday, 8 October. But its founder is no stranger, at least in the Staffelsee area: As a board member of the private foundation Schloßmuseum Murnau and also for the Rotary Club, Bernhard Pfister has already organized a series of top-class benefit concerts. Now the 55-year-old invites you to the "first commercial concert under his own label". But the events of bluenotes classic "do not serve to make a profit," explains Pfister, who is a flight captain at TUI by profession: "They are an expression of my enthusiasm for piano and jazz evenings and enrich my life through contact with extraordinary artists and people. It's an experience you can't make up for with money."
"One of the best pianists of our time"
Lilian Akopova, whom Pfister had already won over for a benefit evening at Murnau Castle in March, is certainly one of those extraordinary artists. "She is an exceptional pianist," enthuses the organizer, "one of the best pianists of our time." The 40-year-old – born in Armenia, raised in Kiev and at home in Munich since her piano studies – performs regularly on major stages such as the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Musikverein Wien. She took part in eleven international piano competitions and stood on the podium at all of them, in 2014 she was the winner of the "Echo Klassik" prize. The Süddeutsche Zeitung reminds the pianist of Glenn Gould and writes: "Concerts by Lilian Akopova are elementary experiences that almost make you believe in miracles."
Concert promoter Bernhard Pfister is a flight captain by profession. © private
The concert will be recorded for a CD
In Polling, Akopova plays Johann Sebastian Bach's Partita No. 2, Claude Debussy's Arabesques 1 and 2, and works by Nikolai Kapustin and Franz Liszt. The concert will be recorded live for a CD and filmed – also because of the much-vaunted acoustics of the library hall, where Pfister would like to organize one or two concerts a year in the future. Even as a child, he liked to go to concerts, especially piano recitals, explains his motivation for doing so. He is supported, among others, by two "fatherly friends": Manfred Frei and Elmar Zorn, who organized the Munich Piano Summer for many years.
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for Lilian Akopova's concert on Sunday, October 8, 17 p.m., in the Polling Library Hall, tickets are available at München Ticket and by e-mail to email@example.com. Price: between 22 and 57 euros; Pupils, students and "over 30s" pay half. On the day of the concert at 25.13 p.m., up to 30 interested people will have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour with Bernd Zimmer in the Künstlersäulenhalle Stoa169 (cost: 25 euros). Registration at the e-mail address provided. Further information: www.facebook.com/bluenotes.classic