100 Years of Iranian Piano Music

Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Audience: 
Free and open to the public
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Sponsor(s): 
Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

100 years of Iranian Piano Music

Layla Ramezan, Pianist of the Ensemble Matka in Geneva, Principal organist of the parish of Cully

For many years, Iranian pianist Layla Ramezan has been searching for and creating links between her Persian heritage and the contemporary music that is a part of her daily life. As a concert pianist, Layla performs regularly in France and Switzerland, as well as in many places further afield. She has recently appeared in recitals at the Collège des Bernadins in Paris, Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, Aga Kahn Museum in Toronto, Roodaki Hall in Tehran, Hafez Hall in Shiraz, and at major festivals such as the Athénéennes in Geneva, the Schubertiade in Sion and the Alba Music Festival in Italy. Her concerts have been broadcast on Radio France, RFI, Radio Suisse Romande, NPO Radio Netherlands and CBC Radio Canada. She is a Laureate of the Engelberts Foundation for Art and Culture in Switzerland and the Albert Roussel Foundation in France.

Layla’s sound, her phrasing, her sensitivity to rhythm and a refined interpretation are the feature qualities of her piano playing. Her unique point of view has been formed by the intersection of two cultures, in both of which she feels comfortable. Layla is continually searching for new ways to express herself by allowing the oriental and occidental influences to inspire and complement each other.

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