Short artist portrait of pianist M. N. Akdenizli

Pianist Meryem Natalie Akdenizli, award winner at the IBLA competition in Italy, wowes audiences with her successful program „Around the piano world in 80 Minutes“ in over 30 recitals in 2010.

Award winning pianist Meryem Natalie AkdenizliDuring these recitals the young pianist from Stuttgart, Germany takes her audience along on an unforgettable musical journey through the epochs.

Beginning in the Baroque epoch she starts the program in her own unique and very charming way giving some insights into the history of music before she plays the Bach’s Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue in d-Minor. After that she presents Hadyn’s great emotive Sonata in E-flat Major No. 52 for which she was awarded for the best Haydn interpretation at the IBLA competition in Italy.

The journey continues and pauses in the Romantic epoch with the No.11 in a-Minor from Chopin’s 12 Etudes before Ravel’s „Ondine“ from Gaspard de la Nuit raises a real storm full of effusive quick-tempered parts. Enriched with little stories and funny anecdotes the journey comes to an end with the grand finale: with Liszt’s “Rhapsodie Espagnole”, Variation about “Folies d’Espagne” and “Jota Aragonese“ where Meryem Akdenizli will light fireworks of rhythms and emotions.

Meryem Natalie Akdenizli already gave her debut in the famous Liederhalle in Germany at the age of 15. After she finished her studies at the University of Trossingen she is now refining her musicianship at the Hannover University for Theatre and Music.

Besides her sensitive and expressive way of playing, Meryem Natalie Akdenizli is gifted with a very special talent. Charming and lively, she explains her program by offering the audience not only wonderful musical pictures but also insights into the music history which often puts a smile on the fascinated listeners.

„Around the Piano World in 80 Minutes!“ – Program for the 2010 recital series:

Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue in d-Minor BWV 903

Sonata in E-flat Major Hob. XVI No. 52

From 12 Etüden op. 25: No. 11 in a-Minor

– Intermission –

Gaspard de la Nuit Ondine

Rhapsodie espagnole, Variation on « Folies d’Espagna » and « Jota Aragonese »
Meryem Natalie Akdenizli

The Stuttgart-based pianist Meryem Natalie Akdenizli started piano lessons at the age of seven. At age 15, she made her concert debut with Beethoven’s 2nd piano concerto, followed by piano recitals and chamber music concerts in Germany, France, Austria, Holland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey and the US. In 1990 she won the first of a series of prizes at youth competitions in Germany.

Her performances of Debussy, Ravel, Beethoven, Schönberg, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Janacek, have been broadcast on radio and TV in Germany as well as in Turkey.
Meryem is currently also working in Paris on developing her interpretation skills of contemporary music, in particular the works of Janez Maticic.

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