18. 01. 2016

Die Presse (eho)

Young, Female, Energetic

Pianist Anika Vavic shines in her collaboration with the RSO and the 29-year-old conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla at the Konzerthaus.

Anika Vavic / Bild: Marco Borggreve
Anika Vavic / Bild: Marco Borggreve
Anika Vavic / Bild: Marco Borggreve

Given that the world of classical music is still male-dominated, the audience had an unusual sight on Friday night at the Konzerthaus: the petite 29-year-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla skillfully conducted the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, the first and second violins were played by ladies, and with the pianist Anika Vavic, the undisputed star of the evening was also a woman. At the end of the pieces, there were no kisses on the hand, but friendly embraces.

The listeners were particularly enthusiastic about the performance of Alexander Scriabin’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F-sharp Minor. The perfect harmony between piano and orchestra was especially notable in the second movement. Vavic created surging waves of sound complementing the theme played by the strings, and thanked the audience for its accolades with an energetic encore. […]

("Die Presse", Print-Ausgabe, 18.01.2016)

[original article]

Translation: Alexa Nieschlag

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