About pianist Aleksandar Djermanović
Pianist Aleksandar Djermanović is currently on RCM’s Artist Diploma course studying with Ian Jones and Dmitri Alexeev with whom he had previously finished the Master studies. During his time at RCM he has received generous financial support as an ABRSM scholar, Gary and Eleanor Brass Scholar and as a beneficiary of the Henry Wood Trust, Lee Abbey Award and a Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship.His early and undergraduate musical studies were undertaken in Serbia where his piano professors were Tatjana Vukmanović and Dorian Leljak respectively after starting to play the piano at the age of 11.
Aleksandar won numerous competitions as a soloist, a chamber musician and as a composer including First Prize and a Laureate title at Serbian Republic Competitions (2005, 2007), Memorial Isidor Bajić (2008), Moscow International Festival of Slavic Music – he was the only award winner (2008) and Memorial Dr.Vojislav Vučkovič as a soloist; Serbian Republic Competitions (2006 - violin and piano, 2008 – piano duo); Children Composers SCG (2005) as a composer.
He performed throughout Europe in venues such as Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), in London at Steinway Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin’-in-the-Fields and the French Institute as well as giving many performances at RCM, also at Kolarceva zaduzbina (Belgrade), Pump-room Hall (Bath), Concert Halls of Skandenborg and Viborg (Denmark), Hubad Hall (Ljubljana).
Aleksandar appeared on Serbian National television RTS2 on Ad libitum and on RTV on Novosadske razglednice. As an EPTA Serbia representative (European Piano Teachers Association) his composition is to be published in London by Faber Music. As a composer he has attended a masterclass with Aleksandra Vrebalov and his work was subsequently premiered in Serbian Parliament and in the Pavle Beljanski Art Gallery and was aired on the RTV Radio in Novi Sad. He played for a concert at the French Institute in London and that concert was recorded by the BBC3 Radio.
About Alexander Scriabin
Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (English pronunciation: /skriˈɑːbɪn/; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr nʲɪkəˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈskrʲæbʲɪn]; 6 January 1872 [O.S. 25 December 1871] – 27 April [O.S. 14 April] 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced by Frédéric Chopin, composed early works that are characterised by tonal language.Later in his career, independently of Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical system, which accorded with his personal brand of mysticism. Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia, and associated colors with the various harmonic tones of his atonal scale, while his color-coded circle of fifths was also influenced by theosophy. He is considered by some to be the main Russian Symbolist composer.
Scriabin was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia said of Scriabin that, "No composer has had more scorn heaped on him or greater love bestowed." Leo Tolstoy described Scriabin's music as "a sincere expression of genius." Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time, and influenced composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Nikolai Roslavets. However Scriabin's importance in the Soviet musical scene, and internationally, drastically declined. According to his biographer, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after death." Nevertheless, his musical aesthetics have been reevaluated, and his ten published sonatas for piano, which arguably provided the most consistent contribution to the genre since the time of Beethoven's set, have been increasingly championed. [source: wikipedia]