Powell River Academy of Music

Saratovsky Brothers' Four Hand Piano Duo

Friday, October 18, 2019| 7:30 PM | James Hall

Admission $20 - Students 18 & under free with student ticket voucher
SAVE with the Five-Concert ticket package - $80


Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

brother duo


Dr, Saratovsky has been taking Vancouver by storm with his younger brother, Nikolai Saratovsky- an internationally acclaimed pianist. These two gifted siblings decided to combine forces and formed a dynamic four-hand piano duo. The duo have swept the Russian public off of its feet.

As Dr. Saratovsky explains, the music presented is a synthesis of two different cultural traditions:
“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to absorb the best qualities of both Russian and Canadian cultures. It is part of my mission to share the vast Russian national heritage in which I am deeply rooted with Canadian audiences. At the same time, my professional development has been largely influenced by my uniquely Canadian background and I am greatly indebted to Canada for all of the possibilities it has provided for me in my growth as a musician.”

Sergei Saratovsky is winner of numerous awards including the First Place at the Porto International Piano Competition and the prize for Best Canadian Artist at the Montréal International Musical Competition, Sergei Saratovsky is recognized both in Canada and abroad as “a player of gargantuan proportions” and a “pianiste extraordinaire.” This exceptional and versatile performer has a gift to take audience on a breathtaking voyage through the essence of music to the essence of beauty. The artist touches listeners with the sensitivity of his interpretations and impressive technique; his energy, focus and musicianship blend into a spectacular tour de force in performance.

Sergei Saratovsky has performed for audiences in Russia, Europe, Australia, and North America, and has been the featured artist on radio and television broadcasts aired across the world. His concert engagements have included appearances with the European, Canadian, and Russian orchestras such as Portugal National and Chamber Orchestras, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the State Symphony Orchestra of Karelia in his native Russia. The musician was greatly privileged to receive an award from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was honored to perform in the presence of Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean.

His fascination with chamber music has led the artist to establish a four-hand piano duo with his younger brother Nikolai Saratovsky, an internationally acclaimed pianist from Moscow. Their dynamic ensemble has performed in Russia and completed two concert tours of British Columbia. 
In addition to his performing career, Saratovsky enjoys giving master classes and is in demand as a guest clinician and jury member of international and national competitions and festivals. After the completion of the doctoral studies, he has continued his scholarly research activities through journal publications and participation in the international conferences. Currently, Saratovsky serves as Chair of the Piano Department at the VSO School of Music where he also mentors and guides the advanced students in their musical studies.    

Sergei Saratovsky was born in a family of musicians in Karelia, Russia. He received his university education at the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance in 2004. Saratovsky became a resident of Canada in 2002. He completed a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance with Alexander Tselyakov at Brandon University, where in 2006 he received the gold medal for academic excellence and graduated with Greatest Distinction. In 2012, Sergei Saratovsky was granted the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of British Columbia where he had studied with Jane Coop.

Nikolai Saratovsky is an internationally acclaimed Russian concert pianist, said by many in the classical world to be having a "stellar career". At only 31 he has won a number of major international piano competitions and has an extraordinary repertoire, ranging from Bach to the latest contemporary composers. He has performed solo and with orchestras in 24 world capitals across the globe including New Zealand, Belgium, Luxembourg, USA, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and Russia. 

In 2015 Saratovsky became a member of the International Certificate for Piano Artists program (ICPA) based in Brussels. His talent for educating a growing generation of young musicians gives him the opportunity to give master classes in Japan, Russia, USA, Canada, Luxembourg and Taiwan. He studied at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Elena Richter graduating with the Award for Academic Excellence and a Master's degree and has gone on to win many awards, most notably the Russian President's Award for his musical accomplishments. His development is followed by world renowned artists such as Dmitry Bashkirov, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Philipp Entremont, Jerome Lowenthal, Michel Beroff, Robert Roux and Artiom Agazhanov. 


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in D major for Piano Four Hands, Op. 6
I. Allegro molto
II. Rondo. Moderato

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Four Hungarian Dances for Piano Four Hands, WoO 1
No. 1 in G minor, Allegro molto
No. 3 in F major, Allegretto
No. 6 in D flat major, Vivace – Molto sostenuto – Vivace
No. 17 in F sharp minor, Andantino – Vivace – Meno Presto – Vivace

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Grand galop chromatique for Piano Four Hands

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Rhapsody in Blue
Arranged for Piano Four Hands by Henry Levine


Edward Grieg (1843-1907) 
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Arranged for Piano Four Hands by the Composer
I. Morning Mood
II. The Death of Åse
III. Anitra’s Dance
IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King

Anatoly Lyadov (1855-1914)
Eight Russian Folk Songs for Orchestra, Op. 58
Arranged for Piano Four Hands by Harry Orr
IV. Humorous Song “I Danced with the Gnat” 
V. Legend of the Birds
VIII. Round Dance Song

Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71A
Arranged for Piano Four Hands by Eduard Langer
III. Dance of the Candy Fairy
IV. Russian Dance, “Trepak”
VIII. Waltz of the Flowers 

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
Polovtsian Dances from the Opera “Prince Igor,” Act II
Arranged for Piano Four Hands by Peter Petrof