Lev Terskov: there is always a mystery behind Grieg's music

March 17, 2017

The premiere of "Peer Gynt", which takes place March 17, 18 on the main stage of NOVAT, will be accompanied by a nice surprise - the piano part will be performed by a brilliant young pianist, soloist of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Lev Terskov. As a winner of international competitions and one of the most gifted and outstanding Siberian pianists, he will perform two parts of Edward Grieg's Melody and a Concert for piano and orchestra, which were integrated in the musical texture of Henrik Ibsen's play by a choreographer, Edward Klug.

"I'm waiting joyfully to take part in this play, especially, because I was given a chance to live that colossal action as a participant - Lev said - I'm sure, that will be an interesting and unusual experience.

Edward Grieg's majestic and spiritual music became one of the essential parts of the new ballet, performed by Edward Klug. It's foundation consists of the music from "Peer Gynt" play, but Grieg's musical figures for Ibsen's play don't embrace the whole plot, which is to be displayed word to word, according to the choreographer's plan, "so the audience could read Ibsen wordlessly". For that reason, many of Grieg's works are involved in the play, including the famous Piano concert.

Since my childhood, i've been seeing Grieg's music as clear, transparent, comprehensible, on one hand, and on the other hand had always been some mystery, hiding behind rich and beautiful musical images, calling you with its cold, but noble majesty, sacred power and magical fascination - noted Lev - so are the characters of Peer and Solveig (for many of us, probably) - familiar, friendly and yet "unsolved".

Lev has graduated from the Novosibirsk Glinka Philharmonic, where he studied under an outstanding teacher Mary Simhovna Lebenzon. He has gathered a collection of awards after winning a number of international competitions. "Lev maintains listener's attention with his highly inspired playing style, he carries you away, totally reigning in the house"- that's how was described Lev Terskov in the newspaper "Literaturnaya gazeta" by a musical critic Yuri Danilin. The experts mark the amazing performing skills and the outstanding musical talent of the Siberian pianist.

The premiere performances of "Peer Gynt" will be held on March 17 at 19.00 and on March 18 at 13.00 and 19.00. Tickets are available at the box office of the theatre.

Lev Terskov was born in Krasnoyarsk on January 19, 1990. His parents were not professional musicians, but they treated favorably the children's craving for art and encouraged them to practice music. His two elder sisters took lessons in musical school, specializing in flute and piano. Growing in musical atmosphere, Lev started his training at children art school №10, under the guidance of a teacher Beloklova S. A. At the age of 9, he happened to enter the children musical school №1, where he was trained by an honored cultural worker of Russia, N. I. Grigoryeva, who was a student of Russian Performing School's luminary M. C. Lebenzon. In 2005, after accomplishing 8 grades in children school, he entered the musical college, where he studied under the honored cultural worker of Russia, professor M. C. Lebenzon. After finishing the college in 2008, he entered the Glinka Academy, where he studied for four years. After accomplishing the bachelor's degree in 2012, he took the Master's programme. After finishing that in 2014, he entered post-graduate study, which he completed succesfully in 2016. Since 2014 he's been working as a Professor of the Specialist Piano Department in the Glinka Academy. Since 2015 he has been a solo performer in the Novosibirsk Philharmonics.

During his studies, Lev won several international and all-Russian competitions. He is a winner of III International Piano Competition in memory of Vera Lothar-Shevchenko (Novosibirsk, 2010, II Prize), III International Piano Competition "Russian season in Ekaterinburg" (Ekaterinburg, 2012, 1st prize), V International Piano Competition in memory of Emil Gilels (Odessa, Ukraine, 2012, 1st prize), three times gold medalist of the Delphic Games of Russia. He worked with the following conductors: I. Shpiller, M. Abramov, M. Kadin, V. Rylov, P. Belyakin, M. Benyumov, E. Bushkov, Skin Kawamoto, D. Sitkovetskii, and others. In different years, he was awarded with various scholarships and prizes, including the grants of the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region, of V. Repin, of the M. Rostropovich Foundation, of the Government of the Russian Federation and the President's Prize.