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Tuesday Evening Season - 9th April, 2013

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 , ora 8.50
'…A young artist who translates being on the stage through the quality and strength of his performances…' - such was the recommendation made by appreciated pianist Viniciu Moroianu to the student of the National University of Music in Bucharest. Abel Corban was rewarded with a well-deserved success the first time he came to Tuesday Evening Season, the very day he turned 22. On 9th April, Abel Corban proved to the audience in the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum that he can perform a varied repertoire, thanks to a well-chosen programme - Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt and Claude Debussy, performed with great technique, a lot of expressiveness and youthful effusion.

Still excited after an exhausting recital, Abel Corban stated:

'I felt wonderful, it's the first time I've played on my birthday, and it's lovely to see everyone around, your friends and family, and I hope it was a nice evening and that each of us had something to gain from it. It's the first time I've played on the stage of the most important institution in our country - culturally speaking - and I am very happy… This is the repertoire that I've been preparing for several national and international competitions, I wanted it to be varied, not to be boring, and I wanted the encore to be by Constantin Silvestri because 2013 is a Silvestri year and I think everyone liked it…'

Pianist Abel Corban is an intelligent, sensitive musician, with a warm voice and great pleasure to play, which he shared generously with the audience in the hall. Happy with his performance, his master Viniciu Moroianu said:

'He is a very ambitious young man from Bacau, a talented musician with the strength to convey emotion and with great technical skill. This debut honours him, he is starting to become somebody, he'll be participating at a few competitions and what he has shown tonight, in stylistic diversity and amplitude on stage, recommends him as a promising young man, but certainly, the "site" is still open… I think he is a young artist that we'll hear about in the future.'

Showing a varied and complex programme, performed with talent, good piano technique and rigorous training, Abel Corban was rewarded with standing ovations by the audience that filled the Small Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum.

Jeanine Costache
Translated by Irina Borțoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, Bucharest University