On Wednesday 1st June, prize-winning pianist Ariel Lanyi performs a lunchtime recital at Wiltshire Music Centre. We caught up with the musician ahead of his performance.

How did you decide on the programme for the concert?

Both the Kinderszenen and the Hammerklavier are works I have been thinking about for a long time, and at some point it felt like the right time to prepare them for performance. I think they complement each other well, one is wistful and introverted, the other bold and ebullient.

Which piece are you most excited to perform & why?

I can’t choose between these two. Both are of immense personal value to me, and both Beethoven and Schumann are among the most significant composers to me.

What are you looking forward to about performing at Wiltshire Music Centre?

I’m greatly looking forward to returning to one of my favourite places in England to perform, both because of the charming scenery and the warmth of the people I come across. Even the train ride westwards is always a pleasure!

How did you get involved in performing music?

There wasn’t a single moment when I 'became' a performing musician. Rather, it was something that was always cultivated at home. Both my parents are ardent music lovers, and it was natural for me to study music. Hence, performing became a part of my musical upbringing and education, and as I started doing it more and more, I became more involved in it.

Who is your favourite composer & why?

That’s an unanswerable question! Tastes change, and fortunately, the repertoire is so rich that we are always facing an abundance of great music. As of now, the composers I enjoy performing most might be Haydn, Beethoven, and Schumann. If I were to add composers who didn’t write for the piano, I’d include Wagner, Bruckner, and a few others.

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