June 1, 2022
Nicolas Namoradze wins The Critics' Circle Young Pianist Award
Nathan Elson

Nicolas Namoradze may be a top-flight pianist, but he is very much more than that. He is a ceaseless hunter-out of unjustly forgotten repertoire – for example his championing of the works of York Bowen – and he is also a composer in his own right. And his neuroscientific research into how the brain processes music may alter the way musicians both practice pieces and learn them. His UK performances are as yet few and far between, but two recent ones have been exceptionally memorable. At the Wigmore Hall in 2020 he electrified his audience – and also seemed to electrify himself – with a performance of his own intricate piano studies. And at the Royal Festival Hall he gave a riveting account of Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano & Orchestra, as well as a performance of Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto with the LPO.

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