About Rena

About Rena Rzayeva

Rena Rzayeva    Graduated from Azerbaijan State Conservatory (nowadays - Baku Music Academy). Soloist of the Azerbaijan State Philharmony, Baku. Recitals and orchestral perfomances in Azerbaijan, Russia, USA, Austria, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Netherland, Egypt, Turkey, etc... Pianist`s repertoire ranges from Bach to the latest works of outstanding complexity like Schumann`s "Kreisleriana" and "Variations on the theme of Paganini" by Brahms and "Petrouchka Suite" by Strawinsky.
    Rena Rzayeva performed together with such honored and well-known conductors as Niyazi, Rauf Abdullayev (both - Azerbaijan), Kreshimir Shipush (Norway), David Bukhin (Russia), violinist Hans-Heinz Schneeberger (Switzerland),pianist Daniel Grimwood(Great Britain). She took part in the following festivals: "Music of XX-th century" (Baku 1986, 1988, 1990), "Alternative?" (Moscow, 1988), "Gaudeamus" (Rotterdam, 1993), "Music in neue Raumen" (towns in ruhr area, Germany, 1993), "Summer Seminar for New Music" (Vienna, 1991, 1992, 1995), "Zeitgenossischer Herbst" (towns of Niederosterreich, Austria, 1994), Festival EPRIM (Maastricht, Holland 1997), The Tudeley Festival (England 1996, 1998).
    Various composers have dedicated their piano works to Rena (for example, Austrian Ulf-Diether Soyka, who wrote his second Piano Concert specially for her performance).
    Rena recorded two solo CDs - "Music in Verse" (1996) and "Kara Karayev...Through Time" (2000), which have been released by "Postern Park Digital", a British label.
    Her performance of "Seven Pieces" by Javanshir Kuliyev was selected by "Vienna Modern Masters" for CD released in "Distinguished Performers Series V" (1998).
    The range of her interests is wide; it relates not only to music, but also to poetry. She has acquired a good command of English, Germany and Italian by herself. She speaks and writes verses in these languages. She likes to be the first performer of the pieces by both azerbaijanian and other composers, but she plays only pieces in which she has fallen in love.
    Rena Rzayeva was the first in Azerbaijan to set up solo programmes, tried to the principle of creative continuity and a spiritual relationship:"The Circle of Karayev"(1993), "Robert Schumann-From West to East"(1993), "Music inVerse"(1996), "Music from Vienna"(1996), "Kara Karayev...Through Time"(1998) etc...
    The pianist is always on the listener's side, hence she outgrows her desire to create more programmes united by interesting and extraordinary conceptions.

Programme Proposals

"Robert Schumann - From West to East"
R. Schumann. 6 Intermezzi op. 4
R. Schumann. "Kreisleriana" op. 16
Zaur Fahradov. "Closed Space" - variations on Robert Schumann

Mendelsohn and Brahms
Mendelsohn. Songs without words.
Mendelsohn. Rondo capriccioso op. 14
Brahms. 2 Rhapsodien
Brahms. 2 Intermezzo
Brahms. Variations on the theme of Paganini op. 35

Toccata and Fugue d-moll
M. Clementi
Sonate C dur op. 36 N 4
I. Gadjibeyov
Variation on the theme of Paganini
O. Messiaen
From "Vingt regards sur I`ienfant Jesus"

Music from Vienna
Works by Mozart, Schubert, Strauss,
Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Hauer, Welles

Music in Verse
Works by composers of XX century:
O. Messaiaen, G. Crumb, H. Holliger,
L. Berio, T. Loevendie etc

"K.Karayev`s Circuit"
Works by modern Azerbaijan composers:
K. Karayev, A. Melikov,
F. Karayev, J. Kuliyev, R. Hassanova,
A. Babayev, Z. Fahradov.

Kara Karayev ... Through Time
Works by K.Karayev, Shostakovich,
Prokofiev, Stravinsky etc.

works by american and azerbaijan composers

"The East is Subtle Thing"
Works by M. Balakirev, K. Shimanovsky,K. Karayev ,I. Hadjibeyov.


Bach Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
I - C, c, Cis, a, B
II - cis, Es, gis
Haydn Sonate Es-dur
Krit Gesamtausgabe N 52 op. 82
Sonate C-dur
Krit Gesamtausgabe N 35 op. 30 N 1
Sonate C-dur
Krit Gesamtausgabe N 50 op. 79
Mozart Sonate D-dur K 311
Sonate C-dur K 330
Fantasie d-moll K-397
Sonate A-dur K 331
Clementi Sonate C-dur op. 36 N 4
Beethoven Sonate N 17 d-moll op.31 N 2
Sonate N 32 c-moll op. 111
Schubert Impromptus
Schumann 6 Intermezzi op. 4
"Kreisleriana" op. 16
Brahms Intermezzi
Variations on the theme of Paganini op. 35
Mendelsohn Rondo capriccioso op. 14
Songs without words
Weber Sonate N 1 C-dur op. 24
Grieg "Procession of Gnomes"
Saint-Saens "Dance de la Gipsy"
Ravel "Tombeau de Couperin"
Debussy Etudes
Rachmaninov Preludes
Barber Sonate op. 26
Stravinsky Trois Mouvements de "Petrouchka"
Prokofiev Prelude op. 12 N 7
Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues
Albeniz Chants d'Espagne
Shchedrin "A la Albeniz"
Gershwin Preludes
Theo Loevendie "Strides"
"On The Train"
Louis Andriessen "Registers"
George Crumb "Processional"
Morton Feldman "Triadic Memories"
Olivier Messiaen "Neumes rythmiques"
"Vingt regards sur I`enfant Jesus"
Heinz Holliger "Elis"
Briyan Ferneyhough "Lemma-Icon-Epigram"
James Dillon "Spleen"
Luciano Berio "Wasserklavier"
Iannis Xenakis "Herma"
James Clarke "Red Skies"
* "Island"
Niyazi Peace
Kara Karayev Preludes
"The Statue in Tsarskoe Selo"
Arif Melikov "Fleetings"
Akshin Alizadeh "Dastan"
"Ancient Games"
Ismayil Hadjibeyov "Variations on the theme of Paganini"
Faraj Karayev Postlude
Sonate N 2
"Monsieur Bee Line - eccentric"
Javanshir Kuliyev 7 pieces with interludes imn mugams for prepared piano
Firangiz Alizadeh Sonate
Music for piano
Rahila Hassanova * Sonate
* Fantasie a la Meikhana
Arif Babayev Sonate N 2
Salman Kambarov Varialudes
Zaur Fahradov Prelude
* "Closed Space" - variations on Robert Schumann for a keyboards player (piano, prepared piano, cembalo)

Concerts for piano and orchestra

Bach Concert N 5 f-moll
Mozart Concert N 21 C-dur K. 467
Concert N 24 C-dur K. 491
Beethhoven Concert N 3 c-moll
Brahms Concert N 2 B-dur
Gershvin Rhapsody in Blue
Prokofiev Concert N 1 Des-dur op. 10
Concert N 2 g-moll op. 16
Concert N 3 C-dur op. 26
Shostakovich Concert N 1 c-moll
Hindemith "The Four Temperaments"
U-D. Soyka * Concert N 2 op. 5 N 5
Britten Concert op. 13
H. Ebenhoeh Concert op. 69

* - work specially dedicated to Rena Rzayeva
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