Introduction

On 16th December 1921, Prokofiev was the soloist in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Stock in the world premier performance of his own third piano concerto in C major Opus 26.

To mark the 100th year anniversary year of this occasion, I will be adding an extensive exploration of this much loved and performed piano concerto of the 20th century. I will be sharing and explaining the abundance of brilliant ideas and magical moments in this score and demonstrating why Prokofiev’s third concerto is, for me and many others, the greatest modern piano concerto ever written. In doing so I will be dispelling some of the boring present day assumptions and attitudes towards the work such as ‘which is Prokofiev’s greatest piano concerto?’ or ‘who’s recording is best?’.

I have loved this concerto since hearing it at the age of 15. I learned to play the concerto immediately and I know every inch of the score. I have also heard every recording imaginable of this piece! So, allow me to be your guide and let me help you discover a deeper appreciation and a more rewarding listening experience throughout this masterpiece.