Johann Sebastian Bach
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
1-2 Prelude I/Fugue I (3-part) in C Major, BWV 870
3-4 Prelude II/Fugue II (4-part) in C Minor, BWV 871
5-6 Prelude III/Fugue III (3-part) in C-sharp Major, BWV 872
7-8 Prelude IV/Fugue IV (3-part) in C-sharp Minor, BWV 873
9-10 Prelude V/Fugue V (4-part) in D Major, BWV 874
11-12 Prelude VI/Fugue VI (3-part) in D Minor, BWV 875
13-14 Prelude VII/Fugue VII (4-part) in E-flat Major, BWV 876
15-16 Prelude VIII/Fugue VIII (4-part) in D-sharp Minor, BWV 877
17-18 Prelude IX/Fugue IX (4-part) in E Major, BWV 878
19-20 Prelude X/Fugue X (3-part) in E Minor, BWV 879
21-22 Prelude XI/Fugue XI (3-part) in F Major, BWV 880
23-24 Prelude XII/Fugue XII (3-part) in F Minor, BWV 881
1-2 Prelude XIII/Fugue XIII (3-part) in F-sharp Major, BWV 881
3-4 Prelude XIV/Fugue XIV (3-part) in F-sharp Minor, BWV 883
5-6 Prelude XV/Fugue XV (3-part) in G Major, BWV 884
7-8 Prelude XVI/Fugue XVI (4-part) in G Minor, BWV 885
9-10 Prelude XVII/Fugue XVII(4-part) in A-flat Major, BWV 886
11-12 Prelude XVIII/Fugue XVIII (3-part) in G-sharp Minor, BWV 887
13-14 Prelude XIX/Fugue XIX (3-part) in A Major, BWV 888
15-16 Prelude XX/Fugue XX (3-part) in A Minor, BWV 889
17-18 Prelude XXI/Fugue XXI (3-part) in B-flat Major, BWV 890
19-20 Prelude XXII/Fugue XXII (4-part) in B-flat Minor, BWV 891
21-22 Prelude XXIII/Fugue XXIII (4-part) in B Major, BWV 892
23-24 Prelude XXIV/Fugue XXIV (3-part) in B Minor, BWV 893
\"Schepkin\'s WTC II is thought-provoking, blissfully musical, remarkable in the depth and felicity of its detail... Schepkin stands out in my mind as the major Bach interpreter of his generation.\"
--American Record Guide
\"Schepkin\'s approach is bolder, more vibrant than that of Angela Hewitt, yet the range and variety of playing is comparable, showing a constantly individual grasp of the essence of Bach\'s inspiration and the expressive range that lies beneath the surface of these apparently pedagogic exercises in polyphony.\"
--The Penguin Guide (three stars out of three)
\"Thoughtful, undogmatic Bach-playing from a pianist who is unafraid to characterise individual pieces strongly and use the full resources of the piano.... undeniably beautiful control of nuance... worth listening to.\"
The Russian-American pianist Sergey Schepkin has performed, to great acclaim, in many countries of the world in such venues and on such series as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bank of America Celebrity Series in Boston, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the LACMA and Maestro Series in Los Angeles, the Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, among many others. He has won particular praise for his performances and recordings of J.S. Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as \"a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays with the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould.\" \"No one who loves Bach can afford not to listen to these performances,\" Fanfare magazine wrote about Schepkin\'s recording of Bach\'s Partitas. International Piano judged his recording of the First Book of Bach\'s Well-Tempered Clavier as one of the best ever made, along with those of Edwin Fischer and Sviatoslav Richter, and Amazon.com proclaimed: \"For Bach Partitas, he is it.\" The Essential Listening Companion catalog considered Schepkin\'s recording of Bach\'s \"Goldberg\" Variations as one of the top three recordings of that work on the piano along with the one by András Schiff and the 1981 version by Glenn Gould. The American Record Guide deemed Schepkin \"the major Bach interpreter of his generation.\"
Schepkin’s immense repertoire includes most important works of keyboard and chamber literature written over the past four hundred years. The pianist is particularly fond of Romantic and Russian works. The New York Times deemed him \"a Romantic firebrand\" and \"an estimable Brahmsian,\" while the New York Sun proclaimed his performance of Mussorgsky\'s \"Pictures at an Exhibition\" at New York\'s Bargemusic one of the best performances of 2004. The Boston Globe defined Schepkin as \"an artist of uncommon, almost singular capability and integrity... [who] synthesizes the most diverse approaches and insights.\" Schepkin has performed with the St. Petersburg (Russia) and Oslo Philharmonics, the Norwegian Broadcasting Symphony, and the Boston Pops under Karsten Andersen, Nikolai Alexeev, Vladislav Chernushenko, Christian Knapp, Keith Lockhart, Eduard Serov, and Vasily Sinaisky. A passionate chamber player, he has performed with many outstanding instrumentalists, including the Borromeo, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets. He was a founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston in 1998-2001. An advocate of new music, Schepkin earned Sofia Gubaidulina\'s praise for his interpretation of her piano Chaconne, and has collaborated with or premiered works by Alan Fletcher, Michael Gandolfi, Noel Zahler, and the late Daniel Pinkham, as well as several American composers of younger generation: Andrew Bissett, Julia Carey, Joseph Johnson, Christopher Trapani, and Cody Wright.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Schepkin studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov, and Alexander Ikharev, graduating summa cum laude in 1985; there, he also was Prof. Ekaterina Murina\'s assistant in 1987-89, and taught on the piano faculty in 1988-90. He also studied composition with Sergey Wolfensohn and Boris Arapov. After his permanent move to the United States in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned an Artist Diploma in 1992 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. In 1994-98, Schepkin coached with the late legendary French-American pianist Paul Doguereau. Boston was Schepkin\'s home from 1990 until early 2007; the Boston Phoenix once described him as \"one of Boston\'s great treasures, a supremely intelligent pianist who plays Bach as well as anyone.\" Since 2003, Schepkin has served as Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and he moved to that city permanently in the spring of 2007 after getting tenured.
Schepkin\'s awards include the first and Chopin prizes in the 1999 New Orleans International Piano Competition, top prizes in the 1988 Crown Princess Sonja and 1985 All-Russia piano competitions, first prize in the 1978 International Competition for Young Musicians in Prague, the 1995 and 1999 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Awards, the 1993, 1995, and 1999 St. Botolph Club Foundation Grants, the 1993 Harvard Musical Association Award, and the 1992 Presser Foundation Award. In 2003, he was awarded the Maestro Foundation Genius Grant.
Schepkin\'s 2007 engagements included performances of Rachmaninoff\'s Second Piano Concerto with orchestras in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as Japan and South Korea debuts as soloist and chamber player. Following his Tokyo performance of Bach\'s \"Goldberg\" Variations, Asahi Shimbun wrote: \"Schepkin is a magician who can create transparent zero gravity with music.\" Schepkin also performed chamber music in Massachusetts and Florida with violinist Lucia Lin and cellists Owen Young and Francisco Vila. In October of 2007, he participated in a collective performance of Bach\'s Art of Fugue at the Emmanuel Church in Boston, along with several distinguished Boston pianists and composers. In May of 2008, he made his Heinz Hall (home of the Pittsburgh Symphony) debut playing Mozart\'s First Piano Quartet with PSO members Jennifer Orchard (violin), Marylène Gingras-Roy (viola), and Mikhail Istomin (cello). In June of 2008, Schepkin took his second trip to Japan, where he performed Bach\'s Goldberg Variations and other works in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Sapporo, to the audiences\' great acclaim. His return appearance at the Northern Flowers festival in St. Petersburg, Russia will take place in late October of 2008.
In 2009, he will participate in the Pittsburgh Rachmaninoff Festival in April and tour Japan in November.