A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online
The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. — Fanfare

Giorgio Koukl

Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He was born in Prague in 1953, and studied there at the state music school and conservatory. He continued his studies at both the conservatories of Zurich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magaloff, Jacques Février, and Stanislaus Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušny, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. It was through Firkušny that Koukl first encountered Martinů’s music, prompting him to search out his compatriot’s solo piano works. Since then he has developed these into an important part of his concert repertoire and is now considered one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinů’s piano music, having recorded that composer’s complete solo piano music, together with four discs of Martinů’s vocal music and two discs of his piano concertos. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has now recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, a Breton composer who belonged to the Parisian circle of Martinů, Tcherepnin and Tansman, of Arthur Lourié, an important member of the “silver age” group of Russian composers, and of Vítězslava Kaprálová.