Upcoming Piano Masterworks Concert


Classically Alive “Piano Masterworks Concerts”

presents Internationally renowned Concert Pianist

“Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva”

Friday, December 1, 2017  -  7:00 pm

    The Minzer/Schreuder Residence

     8 Broadmoor Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

Come enjoy our last program of 2017 with international concert pianist, Nadejda Vlaeva, returning after her brilliant and poetic 2016 Classically Alive recital.  Ms. Vlaeva presents an enjoyable program with some of the most beloved works of Beethoven and Chopin. And the program features also some lesser known Romantic composers whose music will delight with its beauty and passion.

The program opens with the Fantasy by Robert Volkmann, an appealing work full of lyrical melodies, brilliant passagework, and dramatic episodes.  Volkmann's music was greatly admired by Liszt, Schumann, and Brahms.  Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, which everyone will recognize after three notes is next.  But beware, Nadejda brings some very fresh approaches to this masterwork.  The first half closes with Six Etudes by Sergei Bortkiewicz, a Romantic composer, Nadejda is reviving with several critically acclaimed CDs.   Bortkiewicz gave each individual Etude a title. The first three etudes playfully refers to people by the color of their hair - The Blonde, The Redhead, The Brunette. This is followed by "The Philosopher," which is a fugal study.  Next comes "The Poet," a beautiful work for the Left Hand alone.  The sixth Etude is a triumphant work that reminds one of Scriabin and was named "The Hero."

The legendary Polish pianist Leopold Godowsky was renowned for his incredible piano technique and his innovative compositions and arrangements.  His Renaissance Suite, revives pieces by Baroque composers and masterfully adapts and transforms them for the modern piano by thickening textures, adding voices, and complex reharmonizing.  The four selections performed here were originally composed during the French Baroque by Jean-Philippe Rameau in the 1720s.  The closing work of the program, Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, one of Chopin’s most well-known compositions (and for good reason), features inspired melody, magical harmonies, brilliance, flair, and a breathtaking finish.



Fantasy, Op. 25a                                                                                       Robert Volkmann (1815 - 1883)


Piano Sonata, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight”                                           Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

        Adagio sostenuto


        Presto agitato

Etudes Nouvelles, Op, 29 Nos. 1-6                                                          Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877 - 1952)

        La blonde (The Blonde, G major)

        La rousse (The Redhead, E major)

        La brune (The Brunette, C minor)

        Le philosophe (The Philosopher, C minor)

        Le poète, pour la main gauche seule (The Poet, for left-hand alone, F major)

        Le héros (The Hero, E major)




Renaissance Suite    Leopold Godowsky (1870 - 1938) / Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)               






Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22                   Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849)     


General Admission: $25.00;

Students: $10.00; Youth up to 13 free

Not-So-Light Fare/Drinks Included

For Reservations/Info: contact Abe Minzer at:

  aminzer@comcast.net or 719-229-2239


Nadejda Vlaeva’s playing has been acclaimed wherever she has appeared. Her overwhelming musicality, poetic nature, and electrifying virtuosity have garnered accolades from many world-famous musicians.  Lazar Berman called her talent “God-given”; Maestro Hans Graf observed that “her musicality and the depth of her interpretation amazed me,” and Arnold Steinhardt, leader of the Guarneri String Quartet, praised her as “one of those people of extraordinary ability whom we hope for but rarely see.”

Nadejda Vlaeva has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana in Slovakia, the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Wroclaw Philharmonic.  Her solo recitals have been enthusiastically received in numerous North American and European concert halls.

Ms Vlaeva has recorded six internationally released CDs. Her disc of Bach Transcriptions for the British label Hyperion Records was selected by BBC Music Magazine as their Instrumental CD of the Month. Its opening track inspired a short animation movie “Ouverture” that premiered at Lincoln Center in New York.  Her previous CD, “A Treasury of Russian Romantic Piano” was described as "truly inspired," "exquisite," knockout performances," "extremely well-played," and "unfailingly sympathetic and musical" in Gramophone, Clavier, American Record Guide, International Record Review, and International Piano, respectively. Vlaeva's "Piano Music of Liszt" CD was similarly praised, earning the Grand Prix 'Liszt' du Disque.  Previous winners of this award include Maurizio Pollini, Alfred Brendel, and Gyorgy Cziffra.  In 2002 she was asked to record soundtrack music for the documentary film "In Search of Cezanne" produced by Academy Award winner Allan Miller.  Ms Vlaeva's latest CD, Piano Music of Sergei Bortkiewicz, was released by Hyperion in 2016 and includes some newly discovered works that Vlaeva will perform in Carnegie Hall.  Also in 2016 her recording of works by Vladigerov and Raichev/Krushev as part of a piano duo with the pianist Ivajlla Kirova was released.

The American composer Lowell Liebermann composed his Nocturne No. 9 and Variations on a Theme of Schubert for Ms. Vlaeva, both of which she premiered.  Vlaeva also was asked to premiere several recently discovered works by the unduly neglected Russian Romantic composer Vladimir Drozdoff.

Nadejda Vlaeva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and began playing the piano at the age of five.  At age 15 she won First Prize at the Liszt competition in Lucca, Italy. Among other prizes and awards earned by Ms Vlaeva are Third Prize at the International Liszt Competition in Budapest, and the Yamaha Award for the best Brahms interpretation in Weimar.  Ms. Vlaeva currently resides in New York City.  Her website address is: www.NadejdaVlaeva.com      -   Nadejda Vlaeva is a Yamaha Artist.