Róbert Pechanec – Piano
Mon, 30. Mar. 2020 - 8:00 pm,
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin Dahlem
Ester Pavlů – Mezzosopran
Róbert Pechanec – Piano
Songs from the Dvůr Králové Manuscript
Les nuits d’été, Op. 7
Tue, 31. Mar. 2020 – 20:00 Uhr
Adriana Kučerová – Sopran
Róbert Pechanec – Piano
Eugen Suchoň: „Songs from the Mountains“ selection
1. Tell me, tell
2. How well, how well
3. Broad channel
„Songs from Kúty“ selection
4. Those Kúty, those Kúty
5. On one side of Morava
Im Volkston, op. 73
Zigeunermalodien, Op. 55
A FEW QUESTIONS
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Getting the chance to come across perfect happiness every day
2. If you could time travel, where (when) would you like to go?
To Vienna or to Paris during the 20s or 30s (I mean 1920-1930)
3. What is your definition of love?
We live in a materialistic world; for that very reason love is very, very important!
4. What have been the greatest challenges for you?
The ones I have amstered and accomplished
5. Name a poet, author, painter and composer that you especially like
Yasunari Kawabata, Claude Monet, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and many, many others
6. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Again as a human being who – see 1., 2., 3., and 4.
7. Which composer or artist of the past would you like to invite for dinner?
8. What is your most treasured possession?
9. What piece changed your life?
My first concert suit
10. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having no friends
11. Who are your heroes in real life?
Doctors and people who help others without expecting anything in return
12. What is your motto?
Don’t live life in such a way that it no longer gives you any joy from living
Born in Žilina, started to devote himself to co-operation and piano coaching with vocal artists in year 1990, at the time of his studies at Conservatoire. He has participated actively in master classes in piano accompaniment under the guidance of Brigitte Fassbaender and Wolfram Rieger in Bern (Switzerland). In years 2004, 2005 and 2015 he was awarded the Special prize for the best piano accompanist at International Singing Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Carlsbad (Czech Republic) and in 2008 he reached the same acknowledgement at International Voice Competition of M. Schneider-Trnavský.
His concert activities include performances in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, the Switzerland, Italy, among others. In years 2000-2004, Róbert Pechanec worked as a piano accompanist and music director of several productions at the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland. In the course of this Festival, he also gave recital performances with distinguished soloists (e. g, Daniela Bruera, Igor Tarassov, Konstantin Andreev, Yekaterina Gubanova, Tatiana Monogarova, Markus Werba, Brandon Jovanovich). He has been in a high demand as a partner of singers of international renown from homeland and abroad. He regularly co-operates especially with topmost Slovak soprano Adriana Kučerová, they have given number of performances in Slovakia and abroad (Paris, Monte Carlo, Brussels, Salzburg, Malta, at the festival Toulouse d´ete in Toulose etc.), tenor Pavol Brslik, with whom he appeared successfully in concerts at the State Opera in Berlin, in the Royal Opera House La Monnaie in Brussels in 2007 and in the following year, with both of them at the concert in National Opera of Bordeaux as well as in recital performance in Strasbourg´s Opera. Indeed, his keeps permanent artistic partnership with distinguished Slovak bass Štefan Kocán, with whom he performed e.g. in Vienna, Paris and in 2007, at the prestigious Prague Spring International Music Festival. In 2009, on the occasion of the 50th birthday celebration of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, Róbert Pechanec together with the soloist of the Prague National Opera Theatre, soprano Mária Fajtová, undertook successful tour in Cambodia and in November of the same year, he toured Mexico with soloists Sabrina Morales and Frenand Ciuff. In the years 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2009, he was engaged at Opernwerkstatt Laubach and Sigriswil co-operating with Verena Keller. This collaboration brought him further engagements in the Frankurt am Main´s Opera House in the productions of the operas by Janáček – Káťa Kabanova, Jenůfa, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky and Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky. In last years, Róbert Pechanec frequently appears performing at the Central European Music Festival in Žilina collaborating with prominent young Slovak artists.
In addition, he has been active as a pedagogue of piano teaching at the Music Faculty of the Bratislava Academy of Performing Arts. In May 2014 together with Pavol Breslik released CD with songs of Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky, and in April 2017 CD SONGS, with songs of Antonin Dvořák.