Ariel Lanyi at Farley’s Salon Piano Series

A full house witnessed the breathtaking talent of Ariel Lanyi March 5 as he offered a program of late classical and full-blooded Romantic music at Farley’s House of Pianos. Sunday’s recital included Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2; César Franck’s Prélude, aria et final, Op. 23, and Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Études, Op. 13.

Born in Jerusalem in 1997, Lanyi studied at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music. He completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2021. Among Lanyi’s many instructors are Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Imogen Cooper, and the late Leon Fleisher. His awards include First Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix Animato Competition in Paris; First Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition; and a finalist award at the Rubinstein Competition.

Beethoven’s 1795 Sonata grows from an Allegro (think woodland creatures) to the hymn-like Largo to the Scherzo Allegretto – Trio, which clearly nods to the music of Haydn, to whom it was dedicated.

Lanyi was fun to watch. When his right hand was busy, the left made a graceful arc in the air, where it hung, until dropping lightly to the keyboard at the right moment. And his face anticipated the phrase to come, with a smile, or a furrowed brow.

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