ANNA KISKACHI – ‘Harpsichord Fantasy’

November 20, 2021

Schedule

Date:

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Timing: Doors open: 7:00 pm Concert commences: 7:30 pm Concert ends ~9:00 pm
Venue: Aberfoyle Place NW, Washington DC 20015
Parking: Plentiful untimed street parking available
Venue and Covid-19 Safety Protocols: Please note that the venue for this concert is a private home. Capriccio’s Covid-19 Safety Protocols are detailed in the tab below.


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Anna Kiskachi garnered much acclaim with the international launch of her ‘Film en Miniature’ this year. Now, Anna Kiskachi debuts – live at Capriccio – her highly virtuosic and creative sequel – ‘Harpsichord Fantasy’.

In ‘Harpsichord Fantasy’, Anna builds a web sewn of harpsichord music, stimulating a flow of imaginary scenes in listeners’ minds. Her stunning performance of artfully selected works by J.S. Bach, F. Couperin, Rameau, Royer, Martinů and Wajsar, played on two stylistically different harpsichords and enhanced with a few props, draws the audience into moments of profound beauty, light-hearted hilarity, dreamy wistfulness, dramatic tension, and emotional turbulence. These are all emotions that movies seek to draw on. ‘Harpsichord Fantasy’ uses music to heighten these emotions so listeners tap their imaginations to create a very personal, private Film all their own.

Please Note: This concert is being held in a smaller venue – a private home. Capriccio’s measures to ensure guests’ safety are detailed under the Covid-19 Safety Protocols tab. Please review this information carefully before purchasing tickets.

Capriccio is delighted to welcome audiences back to our live concerts. We’re thrilled to once again share with patrons the very particular beauties and joys of live performances played by exceptional harpsichordists and musicians.

We want to assure our patrons that Capriccio is committed to ensuring the health and safety of patrons, employees, and artists at our concerts. We are regularly updating our safety protocols consistent with guidance offered by top medical authorities. Please read about our updated Safety Protocols here:

CAPRICCIO’S SAFETY PROTOCOLS AS OF OCTOBER 12, 2021

– Staff, volunteer concert assistants, and artists at Capriccio concerts will always have been fully vaccinated. They will also have been tested for, and cleared of, Covid-19 prior to the concert.

 Patrons will need to provide proof they are fully vaccinated at the concert door. Paper or electronic copies of vaccination will be accepted and IDs should be shown. Patrons with a medical condition preventing vaccination and children under 12 will be excepted from this requirement but will instead need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 24 hours of the concert start time.

– Capriccio requires that patrons wear a well-fitted mask covering the nose and mouth at all times in concert venues, including through the performance. Artists, who will all be fully vaccinated and tested for Covid before the concert, will enter the stage masked, but may remove their mask while performing.

– About our Venues: We are generally using larger public venues where seats can be widely spaced. However, in response to requests, we are cautiously re-introducing the occasional house concert. House concert venues will have been well-aired and intensively cleaned the day of the concert. In any venue, regardless of size, chairs will be spaced by ticketed group and audiences will be kept small. For the foreseeable future, we will not offer our usual pre-concert complimentary canapés and beverages to limit mask removal.

– Concert ticket holders will receive a Safety Protocol ‘gentle reminder’ email a few days prior to the concert reconfirming the Safety Protocols and providing details of any changes/updates.

– Capriccio urges patrons who feel unwell before a concert to stay home. Ticket exchanges will be offered to any patron advising Capriccio before a concert that they feel unwell.

Liability Release: Please note that by purchasing a ticket to, or attending, a Capriccio Baroque concert, patrons are agreeing to release Capriccio from claims of any nature related to the coronavirus pandemic and the Covid-19 disease and any related disease, specifically including, but not limited to, any claim that the patron or any event participant has contracted or been exposed to the relevant coronavirus while attending a Capriccio event.

Capriccio thanks you for your understanding and consideration
Questions or need more information? Email Carolyn@CapriccioBaroque.org

ANNA KISKACHI

Harpsichord, piano, hammer-clavier, historical piano and continuo player.

Prize-winner at the Prague Spring Harpsichord Competition (Czech Republic), a leading music competition represented by the World Federation of Music Competitions.

Winner of the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize for best performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra (composer: Bohuslav Martinu).

Winner of the Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition (Italy).

Senior Lecturer for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Austria).


“[.. Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance …moving from the small Italian to larger two-manual French harpsichord for the occasion.  This really was a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses.”  Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review.

Anna Kiskachi recently celebrated her debuts at:
          Konzerthaus Vienna
          Great Hall of Brivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
          Moscow International House of Music
          Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
          Concertgebouw Brugge
          Moscow Philarmonic Hall
          ZaryadyeHall
          & many others…

Anna Kiskachi recently participated in prestigious festivals including:
          Utrecht Early Music Fabulous Fringe Festival (Holland)
          Musica Antiqua Brugge (Belgium)
          Resonanzen – Festival (Austria)
          Styriarte – die steirischen Festpiele (Austria)
          Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria)
          Yamanashi Early Music Festival (Japan)
          New Virtuosi (Great Britain)
          Bach Festival (Poland)
          AMIA – amis de la musique sur instruments ancienc (France)
          Clavecin en France (France)
          Neuburger Barockkonzerte (Germany)
          & many others…

With her numerous concerts as a soloist, as part of the A&A Cembalo Duo, and as a continuo player Anna is widely appreciated and lauded across Europe and internationally. She has performed in Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan.

Anna has performed with highly regarded orchestras including the Orchestra of Salzburg Philharmonie (Austria); Les Orpheistes (Vienna); the Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano); Collegium 1704, Filharmonie Bohuslava, Martinu Zlin, etc.  Anna has also collaborated with many renowned musicians including Julia Lezhneva, Michi Gaigg, soloists of the Moscow Baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum, and with ensemble NEObarock (winner of the prestigious music award ECHO).  Anna has also collaborated in programs with the Moscow PhilarmonicSalzburg Philarmonic and the Haydn Fondazione (Bolzano, Italy). 

In 2011 Anna Kiskachi and Anastasia Antonova founded A&A Cembalo Duo.  This is the only harpsichord duo in Russia and its unique and extravagant performances have been enthusiastically endorsed by audiences in cities across Europe and in Japan.

Since 2012 Anna has been an Invited Artist at the Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy.

In 2019 Anna was appointed a Senior Lecturer for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

REVIEWS OF ANNA KISKACHI’S PERFORMANCES

“We didn’t expect that the harpsichord could render such emotive and hot-blooded music” 

“Her distinctive and recognizable style, torrid emotionality, profound sound, and  intriguing and unexpected musical conceptions are what makes her harpsichord speak and her concerts a fascinating tour de force.”

“…la charismatique claveciniste…“        Ouest France,  French Newspaper

“… Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance … a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses.”     Andrew Benson-Wilson,  Early Music Reviews

“Just grandiose…”         Augsburger allgemeine,  German newspaper

“I have not experienced such a fascinating concert for a long time“    Westphalian News,  German Newspaper

“A. Kiskachi managed (in Royers “Vertigo“) to get furious and rich sounds out of her instrument … before returning seconds later to finer sounds”     Augsburger Allgemeine,  German newspaper