(2021) FRANZ XAVER MOZART, VARIATIONS
ANDRIY DRAGAN REVEALS FRANZ XAVER MOZART’S VARIATION CYCLES
A musical homage on Franz Xaver Mozart’s 230th birthday
Already at my early stage of pianist, I felt especially drawn to the compositions of Franz Xaver Mozart, the younger of Wolfgang Amadeus’s two sons. His music touched my soul, sincere and joyful, yet reveling the heart of a man in despair. Despite his long-term musical success and his undeniable impact on the multicultural life of Galicia, Franz Xaver has remained to this day in the shadow of his famous father who died so young.
It was F. X. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major that I played with the INSO Lviv Orchestra on my first concert tour through Switzerland. Today, Switzerland has become my second home, and it is here that I have made this CD. It has long been a dream of mine to offer these musical jewels to a broader public. So I should like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has helped me to realise this CD project to present the Piano variations of the “Lviv Mozart” on the occasion of his 230th birthday.
Andriy Dragan – en route between Ukraine and Switzerland
Andriy Dragan was born into a family of pianists Oksana Rapita and Myroslav Dragan in Ukraine and began playing the Piano at the age of six. He was encouraged by his parents, and already at an early age taking lessons with Professor Lidia Krych at the S. Krushelnytska music school and later at the LNMA Lysenko in his hometown of Lviv. When he was just 13, he was also given the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the INSO Lviv Orchestra on a Swiss tour under its founding conductor, Gunhard Mattes.
Six years later, Andriy was accepted into the piano class of Professor Adrian Oetiker at the Basel Music Academy, where he completed his studies with success and won several awards including the “Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes” in 2009.
Andriy’s career, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, is concentrated today on Switzerland and the rest of Europe. He has played at the Lucerne Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Festival La Roque d’ Anthéron, the Zaubersee Festival, the Bergen Festival and the Kontraste and Virtuoso Festivals in Lviv, and he has performed with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the INSO Lviv Orchestra.