Forthcoming Alkan Society recitals



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Sun 23 Oct

Jonghoon Park

Olney, Maryland, USA

Scherzo-Focoso (op.34)

Tue 25 Oct

Philippe Bianconi

Venice, Italy

Marche funebre (op.26)

Tue 22 Nov

Jose Lopez

San Francisco, USA

Symphony for Solo Piano (op.39,4-7)

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CD of Society recital on 6 July 2016 Concerto for solo piano (Paul Wee)
Symphonie for solo piano (Cowley Fu)
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Mark Viner: Intro&Andante con moto op 13/2; L'incendie au village voisin, op 35/7
Paul Wee: Concerto for solo piano
Satu Paavola: Grande Sonate (20 Ans)
Laura Snyderman: Vocal music
Christopher Falzone: Beethoven 3rd pno concerto





Third Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition (Aug 2016)

The third competition took place in Athens in April 2016

The Jury elected not to award a first prize
Second Prize (ex aequo): Jan Hugo (pictured left) and Lefteris Misirgis (right)
Third Prize: Marianna Kapsetaki

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Paul Wee’s performance of Concerto for solo piano (Jul 2016)

At the Society recital on 6 July, we heard outstanding performances of the Symphonie for solo piano (op.39, nos 4-7) played by Cowley Fu and the Concerto for solo piano (op.39, nos 8-10) played by Paul Wee. Paul Wee’s performance is  available on Youtube.

Paul Wee


Score and performance of Brian Inglis’ Concerto (Homage to Alkan) (Feb 2016)

Society member and composer Brian Inglis’ Concerto for Piano Solo (Homage to Alkan) – completed for Alkan’s bicentenary in 2013 – has been published by Composers Edition and is available here. A performance by Gabriel Keen can be heard here.

Eagle-eared members may note brief quotations at the outset from Op39 Symphony (first movement coda) and Scherzo Diabolico (trio); more subtle allusions to Alkanian tropes are also apparent.


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New CD release from ALM records (Oct 2015)

Debut recording of Alkan by Yui Morishita, comprising:

  • Sonatine (op.61)
  • Capriccio alla soldatesca (op.50)
  • Le tambour bat aux champs: Esquisse (op.50bis)
  • Symphonie from 12 études dans tous les tons mineurs (op.39/4-7)
  • 1er Nocturne (op.22)
  • Scherzo-Focoso (op.34)

Yui Morishita (piano)
Note that the CD is currently only available from Japan. It may be purchased from (type Yui Morishita into search box and follow links). Individual tracks also available via iTunes.



New recording of Concerto for solo piano (Sep 2015)

Michael Rose performs the Concerto for solo piano (op 39, nos 8-10), together with En Rhythme Molossique (op 39 no 2), Allegro Barbaro (op.35, no 5) and other works. The CD is published by the performer and is available via Amazon and CD Baby.


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Roger Smalley (26 July 1943 - 18 August 2015)

We are saddened to report the death of the composer and pianist Roger Smalley, an Honorary Vice-President of the Society and a great enthusiast and promoter of Alkan's works. As well as being a major supporter of and contributor to the Society in its early days, Roger arranged many of Alkan's works to broaden their appeal, including the Benedictus (op.54) and Impromptu (op.69) for piano duo, and some of the Esquisses for brass and for string quartet. Roger, who lived in Australia for the last 20 years, died in Sydney on 18 August.

The Society will publish an appreciation of Roger Smalley in the next issue of the Bulletin. Members wishing to contribute their recollections of Roger are invited to contact the webmaster,


Recordings of Alkan by Joseph Bloch come to light (Aug 2015)

Joseph Bloch (1917-2009) was an American concert pianist and teacher based at the Julliard School of Music. His pupils included  Emanuel Ax, Van Cliburn, Misha Dichter, Garrick Ohlsson, Jeffrey Siegel and Jeffrey Swann. He was an early advocate of Alkan; his Master's thesis at Harvard was devoted to Alkan, A  tape with some of his Alkan performances has recently come to light; these can be heard on Youtube via the Members’ Youtube page.The history of these recordings is unknown: if you have anyone has further information, please contact the webmaster,

Joseph Bloch