Imagine a map of the world, turned upside down. When such a world is your point of reference, the terms ‘obscure’ and ‘well-known’ do not necessarily apply. Much in the same way, Florian Noack (1990, Belgium) discovered the world of repertoire for piano. Even as a teen, composers like Alkan, Medtner, Lyapunov were studied next to Chopin and Beethoven, thanks to the highly inspirational book ‘Piano Music’ by Guy Sacre.
Source of Inspiration
Out of love for Russian literature and studies with pianist-composer Vassily Lobanov, Florian developed a natural affinity with Russian heritage. His piano transcriptions, based on orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, have attracted the attention of musicians such as Boris Berezovsky and Dmitri Bashkirov.
‘It is a form of creativity and ingenuity that forces me to approach my instrument differently; searching for new textures, richness, colours or ways to combine my ten fingers’, Florian says. Praise for the recording of these works include the ECHO Klassik Award ‘Emerging Artist of the Year 2015’, the International Classical Music Award, the Octave de la Musique, a nomination for Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d’Or of the Year 2017.
‘Virtuosity’ being a word regularly connected to Florian, the press and his peers acknowledge it as a means to an end. With his interpretation and programmatic innovation, Florian strives to keep audiences on their toes. Le Figaro commented on a recent recording: ‘A portrait of Prokofiev in Noack’s own image: contrasting but authentic. Restless and bright. Tender but incisive.’
Formative experiences for Florian have been the studies with Claudio Martinez-Mehner at the Musikhochschule Basel, and Academy masterclasses with the socratic teachings of Ferenc Rados in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. Florian Noack has won numerous prizes including the International Rachmaninoff Competition, the international Robert Schumann Competition and the International Piano Competition Cologne.
Invitations from around the world keep building his presence in festivals and concert halls, allowing meaningful collaborations with other musicians, conductors and orchestras. Florian has recorded six well-received CDs with various off-the-beaten-track repertoire and with his own piano transcriptions.
Amongst his recent and upcoming concerts, on notes that he is the soloist of the Belgium National Orchestra in Medtner 1st piano Concerto, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège in Franck works for piano and orchestra, the Metz National Orchestra in Grieg piano Concerto, and is the guest in recital of the Bozar in Brussels, the Musiq’3 Festival in Brussels’ Flagey, the Philharmonie de Liège, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium de Radio France, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Husum Festival and the Musikfest Kassel in Germany, etc.
He is a regular guest at numerous festivals in the China, South Korea, Germany, France, Mexico and Belgium, and this year is an invited guest in the United States. He has notably performed at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, at the Philharmonie de Cologne, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, at the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, at the Philharmonie de Liège, at the Oriental Center Arts in Shanghai, in Beijing Concert Hall, at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund and at the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou.
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