For Immediate Release: Prize-winning pianist to close out Discovery Series on April 13

Escondido, California — :

Having garnered accolades the world over, including being named the 2012 Honens Prize Laureate, 25-year-old Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov’s star is most certainly on the rise. The young up-and-comer in the classical music world will share his talents with local audiences when he takes the Center Theater stage at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) in April.

His performance will be the final installment of the nonprofit cultural organization’s Discovery Series, presented in conjunction with the La Jolla Music Society.

Due to the popularity of its classical music programming, the Center added the Discovery Series to its roster for the 2013-14 season. Like the La Jolla Music Society series of the same name, the Center’s Discovery Series highlights emerging artists who are making a name for themselves on the world stage.

Kolesnikov will perform in the Center Theater at 3 p.m. on Sun., April 13. Following the Russian pianist’s Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it “one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.” Since becoming Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Kolesnikov has been winning hearts around the world.

The concert is generously sponsored by the Edward C. Aeling Family and The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation.

About Kolesnikov and Honens

The Telegraph (London) describes Pavel Kolesnikov’s playing as having “brilliance, but also a caressing, almost sly intimacy”. Kolesnikov, who was named Honens Prize Laureate in 2012, studies at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires. He made his recital debut in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 2008 and has since played both as soloist and collaborator throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. He was a featured artist at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy in 2005 and 2006 and the Verbier Festival and Academy in Switzerland in 2007 and 2009. Recent and upcoming engagements include debuts at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, solo and collaborative performances at Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Banff Summer Arts Festival, the United Kingdom’s Plush Festival, and performances with l’Orchestre National de Belgique and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His recording Live at Honens 2012 featuring his winning performances from the Honens International Piano Competition, was released in March on the Honens label.

Honens discovers and launches the careers of Complete Artists—21st century pianists for 21st century audiences. The Prize Laureate of the triennial Honens International Piano Competition receives a $100,000 cash prize and a comprehensive artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars—the world’s largest award of its kind for an emerging artist.

Pre-Concert Master Classes

This season, the Center’s Education Department has organized master classes with the Discovery Series performers as part of its community outreach efforts. Kolesnikov will be leading master classes for California State University San Marcos’ Introduction to Music classes at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Thurs., April 10. He will also give a performance and Q&A session with the music students at Calvin Christian School in Escondido at 10:15 a.m. on Fri., April 11.

While these master classes are NOT open to the public, the media is invited to attend and cover. To RSVP, contact the Center’s media liaison Carissa Marsh at (760) 839-4178 or

April 13 program

RAMEAU     Tambourin

    La villageoise

    Lerappel des oiseaux

    from Suite in E minor / Pièces de clavecin


    Les Niais de Sologne

    from Suite in D major / Pièces de clavecin


    Gavotte avec six doubles

    from Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin (1726/27)


DEBUSSY    Images Book I

       Reflets dans l’eau

       Hommage à Rameau



CHOPIN       Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. posth.

    Nocturne in D flat major Op. 27 No. 2


    Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58

       Allegro maestoso

       Scherzo: molto vivace


       Finale: presto non tanto

Discovery Series single ticket prices:

Center members: $26

Non-members: $30

Student/Military: $20

Children 12 and under: FREE!

To get their discounted rate, Center members should call the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. Special group rates are also available. Those interested should call the Ticket Office for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at



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