Armenian-Danish pianist Marianna Shirinyan
is known for her sensitive playing style and smooth technique. At the Bergen International Festival, she has among other things previously performed as a soloist at Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor. This year, she will perform two evening concerts in the little but giant composer's own living room.
‘The spirit and the authenticity of Grieg’s villa is incredibly heartwarming and sincere. At the same time, playing on the beautiful Steinway which Grieg used to work and play on is overwhelming for any artist,’ says Marianna Shirinyan.
In addition to excerpts from Grieg's Lyric Pieces
, the pianist will mirror Beethoven's and Nielsen's miniature works against each other throughout the concert.
‘Both are masters of their work, both with a specific signature,’ she says.
The programme also presents works by this year’s festival composer in residence Jörg Widmann
, who the pianist has followed over several years and considers a monument of our time:
‘I am thrilled to finally start working on his pieces, and for this occasion, I have chosen the brilliant 11 Humoresques
.’Marianna Shirinyan (photo: Nikolaj Lund)