Konstantin Saradzhev : Great Belgian Pianists: Louis Pas (1931-2013) PROKOFIEV Concerto 1 in D-b flat major
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) set about composing his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, Op. 10, in 1911 and finished it in 1912. It is the shortest of his five complete piano concertos.
The concerto was first performed in Moscow on 25 July/7 August 1912, with the composer as soloist and Konstantin Saradzhev conducting. Prokofiev later wrote that Saradzhev "realized splendidly all my tempos."
Prokofiev won the Anton Rubinstein Prize for his pianistic accomplishments in a performance of the work before the Saint Petersburg Conservatory on 18 May 1914. Prokofiev proposed his own concerto for the competition program, reasoning that though he may not be able to win with a classical concerto, with his own concerto the jury would be "unable to judge whether he was playing it well or not." The rules of the competition, however, required that the piece be published; Prokofiev found a publisher willing to produce twenty copies in time for the competition. The performance went well and the jury, headed by Alexander Glazunov, awarded Prokofiev the prize, albeit rather reluctantly.
Recorded in Belgium Flagey Studios on December 10 1969
BRT Symphonie Orchestra, Jean Louel, conductor
Louis Pas, piano
LOUIS PAS was born in Steenhuffel, Belgium, on December 24, 1931.
He was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of Belgium in the XXth Century.
He studied at the former Royal Music Conservatory of Gent in Flanders (Belgium EU), where he received the ‘Première Prix’ for Piano in 1949.
Later on he graduated in Chamber Music, Harmony (1950-51) and received the Diplôme Superieure for piano in 1952.
On March 9, 1955, Louis Pas obtained the very prestigious Virtuosity Prize of the Royal Belgian Governent.
In 1955-56, trained further with the famous piano pedagogue Marcel Ciampi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_...).
In 1967, Louis Pas became professor for Piano at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent (Gent), and in 1980 he was appointed director of the Academy of Music in Ledeberg (Ghent).
Mr. Pas performed with all the eminent philharmonic orchestras in Belgium, including the New York Philharmonic, among many others.
In 1964 he founded the ‘Flemish Piano Quartet’ with the international acclaimed violinist Rudolf Werthen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_...).
Mr. Pas undertook many concert tours with the Flemish Piano Quartet, including in 1970 in Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo, a former Belgian colony). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaire
Louis Pas was besides a successful concert pianist, a high prolific pedagogue.
Among his many students, he also counted some pupils of international acclaim, like f.i. Peter Ritzen
Louis Pas died in Waasmunster on January 20 2013.
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