“Impromptus” – An international charity concert “East meets West”
From left to right, pianist Misha Namirovsky comes from Russia, cellist Alexander Suleiman comes from Germany.
Kempinski Hotel Suzhou hosted a glorious and successful Impromptus series charity concert, “East meets West”, on 10 June 2016 in the State Ballroom. The concert presented a diverse programme, embracing a large variety of ensembles, which made the evening a very special event and extraordinary experience for over 300 audience members and performers alike. All income from ticket sales will mostly be donated to the CHI HENG Foundation to help children affected by AIDS, and the rest goes to a scholarship fund to support talented local art students who otherwise may not be able to afford a musical education.
Kempinski Hotel Suzhou, CHI HENG Foundation and Steinway & Sons co-hosted this event and invited cellist Alexander Suleiman (Germany), pianist Misha Namirovsky (Russia), SIPYCC International Youth Orchestra and SUSM wind ensemble. An oriental work for a cello trio was the opening piece of the evening, performed by the East-West cello ensemble, giving a glimpse of the tonality of the Orient, followed by a very strong contrast from the West, the second movement of Mozart’s famous Piano Concerto No. 21, a highlight of the classical repertoire for piano and orchestra, performed by Misha Namirovsky together with the SIPYCC International Youth Orchestra, after which the orchestra continued with the “Jasmine Flower” under the baton of Nick Tinstra.
A short interlude with Prof. Namirovsky and Claude Debussy’s Preludes 5, 9 and 11 from Book 1 led back to the Far East via France to Germany, as the serenade of German composer Richard Strauss followed and concluded the first half of the concert, performed by the SUSM wind ensemble, which was conducted by Juan-Manuel Garcia Cano, another highlight of the concert repertoire. After an intermission, Karen Lin from Dulwich College opened the second half with a short piece for the Chinese flute. The young girl impressed the audience enormously with her stage presence and the self-confidence with which she presented her contribution at the concert.
As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski makes a deep commitment to supporting and promoting the development of the arts and international artistic talent. Its belief that “arts and culture are a necessity, not a luxury” is a reflection of this ethos and highlights a long-standing belief that the world of art and music should be made widely accessible for all to enjoy. In this regard, Kempinski Hotel Suzhou is delighted to continue this new tradition by offering more opportunities to experience this wonderful performance.
About the Artists:
Alexander Suleiman (Germany) is an internationally renowned and highly talented solo cellist, teacher and ambassador of the arts. Regarded by Franz Hummel (one of the leading composers of our time) as “one of the most interesting and versatile musicians I know”, Mr Suleiman has recorded multiple award-winning CDs both as a classically trained artist and as a brilliant jazz improviser, and has toured the world extensively, winning first place in the International Johannes Brahms Competition.
Highly acclaimed pianist Misha Namirovsky (Russia) is a recent winner of the prestigious German Piano Award and Pro Musicis prize and has performed at some of the world’s top venues, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Salle Cortot (Paris) and the Great Conservatory Hall (Moscow). Moreover, extremely talented as both a soloist and chamber musician, Namirovsky has been dubbed a “Master of his Art” by “The Norderstedter Zeitung” (Hamburg, Germany).