“Her totally secure, innate authority is matched by her deeply considered and often profound approach during her performances, far removed from much of the more shallow and superficial playing that abounds nowadays. She totally lacks any form of affectation and has an innate but rarely found sense of structure. Needless to say, these qualities are matched by a formidable technique.” – John Lill CBE
The young Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane has an enviable talent for creating a special concert atmosphere as well as powerful communication with the audience, skills which have taken her to a huge variety of performance venues across the world. Her quality of winning listeners’ full attention, combined with the warmth and intelligence of her programmes and interpretations, allows her to enrapture both small and large audiences – in concert halls such as the Rudolfinum, Prague and the Zürich Tonhalle.
Arta Arnicane comes from a family with a strong and longstanding musical tradition. She started playing the piano and composing at the age of four. Supported by numerous scholarship awards and by eminent artists such as John Lill and Homero Francesch, Arta has studied in several countries and graduated with the distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2004), the Latvian Academy of Music (2008), and Zurich University of the Arts (2010 and 2012).
Her professors Sergejs Osokins, Norma Fisher and Homero Francesch have influenced the artistic development of Arta’s personality and guided her into the international music scene. Arta has won many prizes at international music competitions, including the Vianna da Motta (2001), Premio Iturbi (2010), and Prague Spring (2011) to name but a few.
Arta has a wide ranging repertoire, from Couperin to Berio, and her interpretations of the Mozart piano concertos as well as the piano music of Ravel have always won particular acclaim. Since 2010, Arta has played regularly for John Gibbons, the conductor and chairman of the British Music Society, with whom she will give the world premiere of the forgotten Piano Concerto No.2 (1960) by William Alwyn in 2014.
During the 2013/2014 season, Arta has solo performance engagements in Switzerland, England and Scotland, and will perform chamber music with her colleagues Verena-Maria Fitz (violin), Florian Rohn (cello), and the Latvian Piano Trio. Notable events of this season are a two-piano recital with the renowned Swiss pianist Oliver Schnyder in November 2013, and her debut at Switzerland’s celebrated Davos Festival in August 2014.
Solo Programs in 2014 (Selection)
- Sonata in A Major K. 331 “Turkish March“
- Images et Préludes (Auswahl)
- Oriental Sketch
- Debussy Reflets dans l’eau Images I
- Ravel Jeux d’eau
- Grieg Bächlein Lyrical Pieces, Op. 62
- Wihtols Wellenlied
- Couperin Les Ondes Pieces de clavecin, Livre I
- Schubert-Liszt Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
- Liszt Au bord d’une source Annees de Pelerinage:
- Wang Liu Yang River
- Berio Wasserklavier
- Chopin Regentropfen-Prélude Op. 28 Nr.15
“Dramas and Comedies”
A solo program dedicated to music by Ludwig van Beethoven
- Sonata “Pathetique” in C Minor Op.13
- Corelli Variations Op.42
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- Rondo in G Major op.129
- Sonata in F Major op.10 No.2
- Rondo Capriccioso
- The Serpent’s Kiss