Grigory Sokolov
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On 1 June 2020, the Slovenian government allowed for public life to make the first steps towards the ‘new normal’. Also, Cankarjev dom, Slovenia’s largest cultural and congress centre, started welcoming audiences back to its halls. After a couple of months of quarantine, Slovenian lovers of arts and culture were delighted that they were finally able to visit events in their beloved Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana as it presents the focal point of the Slovenian culture and the meetings industry.

Events, that were due to coronavirus crisis either cancelled or postponed, have been since returning and taking the main stages. Among the more anticipated and awaited events that was in May postponed, was the concert of the so called Grandmaster of Piano, Grigory Sokolov. The concert, which was supposed to be held in the magnificent Gallus Hall on 6 May 2020, was postponed to the 21 September.

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Photo credit: Tina Ramujkić, Cankarjev dom - CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana

Russian pianist Grigory began studying piano at the age of five and entered the Leningrad Conservatory’s special school for children at the age of seven. At 12, he gave his first major recital in Moscow at the Philharmonic Society. At age 16 he came to international attention when the jury at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition awarded him the gold medal. Today, he is one of the most esteemed of living pianists, his repertoire spanning composeres from the Baroque period such as Back, Couperin or Rameau up to Schoenberg and Arapov.

Grigory Sokolov

After his Ljubljana concert was cancelled due to coronavirus crisis in May, he will present his repertoire to Cankarjev dom visitors on the 21 September 2020. Sokolov, for which »the critics are at a loss of words with which to describe the musical genius of this mysterious artist« will perform in the Gallus Hall. His concert will re-affirm Cankarjev dom’s status of the legendary Slovenian institution and a synonym for cultural and humanistic activities combined with meetings industry. Pursuing the mission of hosting top-notch international events, Cankarjev dom hosts as many as 2,500 cultural, scientific and corporate events per year.