THE SUNDERLAND Pianoforte Society season continued with a recital given by the brilliant young Russian pianist Alexander Panfilov who is winning many major prizes worldwide.
Competitions in England include the Brant and James Mottram and, earlier this month, Alexander won first prize and audience prize at the Hastings International Piano Competition.
An experienced and professional performer, he did not disappoint his audience.
The programme began with Estamps by Debussy which was played beautifully, showing a good contrast in the movements, and this was followed by Schumann Etudes Symphoniques.
After the interval, we heard a stylish performance of Gaspard de la nuit by Ravel and the recital finished with a powerful performance of the Sonata in Bflat No.7 by Prokofiev.
Alexander played this taxing programme with both sensitivity and power, always getting the most beautiful sound from the piano and even had the energy left to play an encore with a Rachmaninov Prelude.
This was a very good recital and after seeing other reviews of his tour it is obvious that this pianist is assured of a successful career.
l The season will finish with an evening of George Gershwin to be given by pianist Viv Mclean and actress Susan Porrett, on Tuesday, April 7, at 7.15pm at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.Admission is £12.50.