Yojo Christen (b. 1996) began to take regular piano lessons at the age of four. When he was six, he would improvise for hours on the piano and he gradually began to hold on to his ideas as compositions. At the age of eight, he started to give concerts, in which he usually enhanced the programmes of classical and romantic works with his own pieces.
In 2010, the fouteen-year-old was invited by the German-Japanese Society to give a concert-tour of Japan, where he delighted audiences in six cities. After his first performance in Kobe, a fan bus accompanied him to his next recitals.
Yojo’s piano works, with the composer as his own interpreter, have been broadcast on Bavarian Television, Deutschlandfunk, West German and Bavarian Radio.
Renowned critics have compared him to Kissin and Gulda. They have often described his breathtaking technique, and have raved about his highly original interpretations that are characterised by youthful drive and the meditative and other-worldly way he plays lyrical movements and passages.
At the moment, Yojo is composing his first opera, about Kemal Atatürk, and is studying piano and composition with Franz Hummel. Following Yojo’s first CD release for TYXart (Order No. TXA12001), at the age of fifteen, for which he received enthusiastic reviews, this CD now presents the seventeen-year-old with Liszt’s monumental B Minor Sonata as the main work.
CD programme / Tracklist:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Grande Sonate Pathétique c-Moll op. 13 /
Piano Sonata in C minor Op. 13 „Pathétique
Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Klaviersonate h-Moll /
Piano Sonata in B minor
Lento assai, Allegro energico
Fugato: Allegro energico
Klaus Caspers (*1940)
„Gespenster“ (Graphische Notizen) °° /
„Ghosts“ (Graphic Notes) °°