Nikolai Saratovsky is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, enjoying a stellar career. He has already won a number of major international piano competitions and has an extraordinary repertoire, ranging from Bach to the latest contemporary composers. As well as performing on the concert circuit in Europe and Asia, he is a noted academic occupying a senior position in one of the largest music schools in Asia, in Taiwan.

Mulled Wine Concerts, will present a piano recital by Nikolai Saratovsky 

at 2:30 PM on SUNDAY 25 June 2023 at

the Memorial Hall in Paekakariki.

Organiser Mary Gow, a concert pianist herself, tells the story of how she met Saratovsky at his recital in Brussels and mentioned that she came from New Zealand. “His eyes lit up and told me that he and his Japanese-born wife had always dreamed of visiting New Zealand!  From there, it was a short step to discussing possibilities — I arranged a concert tour for him in 2018 and he had such a good reception, he wanted to return – this he did in 2019 and NZ audiences raved”. And then, of course came Covid, the shut-down of international travel and the cancellation of concerts everywhere. So it is only now in 2023 that we will have the opportunity of hearing him once more.

Saratovsky studied at the Moscow State Conservatory graduating with the Award for Academic Excellence and a Master’s degree, and has gone on to win numerous awards for his musical accomplishments.  He regularly gives master classes in Japan, Russia, the USA, Canada, Luxembourg and Taiwan. Since his last visit to New Zealand he has done concert tours in England, Korea, Japan and Africa.

Mary Gow feels that his visit to New Zealand represents a wonderful opportunity for Wairarapa audiences to catch a star during his brief visit to New Zealand. “The Mulled Wine Concert Series always tries to bring audiences the sort of artists that discerning audiences will appreciate and we are very lucky that this year he has again managed to fit us into his schedule. To see a pianist of this quality and fire is an opportunity not to be missed”. 

Nikolai Saratovsky will present a recital of works including Schubert Impromptus, “Spanish Rhapsody” by Liszt, and works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Tchaikowsky and Shostakovich and others.

Tickets: pre-sales $35 adults ($15 students under 16). Door sales $40

Online sales: Tel: 021 101 9609

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Ticket outlets: Jenoa, Waikanae;  Moby Dickens Bookshop and PO, Paraparaumu Beach; Finns Hotel, Paekakariki; Magpie, Mana.