Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in C major no. 10, KV. 330
Vatroslav Lisinski Mazurka in A minor
“There is a saying: Home is where the heart is. For me, that was always piano playing.” Rahel Senn
Pianist, composer, and writer Rahel Senn was born in Zürich. Her father is Swiss, and her mother Singaporean, which significantly marked her life and her career. She speaks seven languages and has many talents, which sometimes proved to be a disadvantage rather than an advantage in life, since she often found herself in a dilemma about which path to take. Her extraordinary career started when she was 17 and wrote and staged a musical called Der totale Wahnsinn (Total Madness) as her high-school graduation thesis. The musical was performed as many as 40 times and attracted great attention from the Swiss public. After a short stint in law school, she decided to study piano at the Conservatory in Lucerne with concert pianist Konstantin Lifschitz. The rest is history. She now has four musicals behind her, four albums containing recordings of her own works, as well as a novel called Der kleine Tete about one of Albert Einstein's sons who suffered from schizophrenia. In 2012, she became the only Swiss artist to be named Young Steinway Artist, thus joining stars such as Diana Krall or Billy Joel. In 2015, she founded the H. Steinweg Piano Academy in Zürich. On the quest for her own musical expression, she never shied away from the world that intertwines classical and pop music, looking up to her role-model, the pop-classical pianist Richard Clayderman, known for his Ballade Pour Adeline. Apart from Clayderman, Rahel’s other heroes include pianists and composers Yiruma and Ludovico Einaudi. They were the ones who inspired her to create her own composing style. She was signed by Sony Classical and Sony Music Germany in 2017 and released her first single Jeux Interditis for them that year; her first album is scheduled to be released in fall of 2019.
For her first appearance before the Zagreb audience, Rahel Senn chose the scores written by the true masters of piano literature: Chopin, Brahms and Mozart. Last, but not least, she will also play the melancholic and sophisticated Mazurka in A minor by Vatroslav Lisinski, thus paying homage to the Croatian composer on the 200th anniversary of his birth, as well as honoring Croatian music in general. These are her words about the impression that the composition made on her: “Previously completely unknown to me, Lisinski and his Mazurka surprised me with a very avant-garde composing style (considering the time he lived in). While gentle melodies interchange in the left and right hands like variations, simple chords or individual notes complement the composition as a sort of accompaniment. The first time I played this composition, it made me think of today’s pop music.”
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