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Daniel Tselyakov & WSO String Ensemble

Audience as a Critic - 2019-2020Daniel Tselyakov


Daniel Tselyakov, piano
Karl Stobbe, violin
Jeremy Buzash, violin
Dan Scholz, viola
Yuri Hooker, cello

 – Programme –
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in G major, WTC 1
W. A. Mozart
Quartet in E flat major
Sergei Rachmaninoff 
Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Quintet in G minor

 – Encore –
Franz Liszt Transcendental Étude No. 10 in F minor “Appassionata”

 – Young Artist Program –

Katrina Tamagi, soprano
Megan Dufrat, piano
Erika Olson, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202



“Daniel plays as a nightingale sings”

Great to hear so gifted a young pianist who, together with players from the WSO, show that “local” can mean “first rate”! (ME)

Outstanding concert! The best I have seen ever at Virtuosi. It was a pleasure. (Anonymous)

Amazing! Absolutely amazing. Glad I discovered Virtuosi! (L)

Daniel plays as a nightingale sings with all that he is. And all who listen are enthralled for the love of it. As for the (Liszt) encore… a human being can actually do that! Holy cow!!! (SL)

The pre-concert wine was nice and the talk was both informative and enjoyable. The Young Artist Program – most enjoyable – Well done!!
Mozart – 1st class choice. Bach – close second. Daniel’s rendering of Élégie was powerfully emotional – amazing 10 out of 5! Shostakovich – Fantastic. Liszt – BRAVO! (Anonymous)

Bach – Long phrases beautifully shaped. Dynamic contrast great! Mozart – Always a joy to hear 3 members of the Clearwater Quartet (WSO Ensemble players). Very sensitive playing between all four musicians. I love Daniel’s right hand conducting while not playing. Last movement – Delightful tossing of motifs between players. Excellent variety in piano rapid passages. Sense of humour evident. Rachmaninoff – As Daniel said in the pre-concert chat, he wears his heart on his sleeve. A sensitive, yet powerful somber interpretation of Sergei’s Élégie. Shostakovich – Piano Quintet. Fugue – Each entry, violin 1, 2, cello, and viola sensitively played—followed by piano entry—contrasting linear lines. Scherzo – Energetic! Exciting! Dynamic contrasts! One of Dan’s horsehairs in his bow didn’t survive this fabulous performance! Lved it! Intermezzo – Lovely violin duet with cello pizzicato, then viola makes a trio. Piano solo then strings add in. Dramatic strings over detached touch in piano for dramatic effect. Finale – Exciting! Loved spiccato in the violin and cello. Lots of angst for dramatic tension. Followed by a happier passage. Liszt (Encore) – Wonderful! Such a dramatic rendering, thank you! Best of luck in completing your DMA Daniel. Lovely to hear such a confident, musical, and skilled pianist. (MJM)