Tuesday 24 September 2019

Russian Masterpieces

Russian Masterpieces
2019 is the UK-Russia Year of Music, a celebration of the UK and Russia's rich musical traditions, with projects including the creation of Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra (appearing at the Cadogan Hall tonight). Another part of the celebration is a concert of Russian music at the Southbank Centre on 1 October 2019 curated by the London-based Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina. The concert also celebrates the 2019 International Day of Music.

Artists from Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the UK to perform a programme of Russian masterpieces, including Stravinsky's Septet (a work which stands at the turning point between Stravinsky's neo-classical period and his final serial phase), Rachmaninov's Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor (written when the composer was only 18) and music by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.

Performers include violinists Igor Yuzefovich (the new joint leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and Yuri Kalnits (two-time recipient of the Diapason d’Or award), cellists Timothée Botbol (a Park-Lane Group artist) and Julia Mornweg, clarinettists Peter Cigleris (winner of the John Ireland Chamber music award), bassoonist Angharad Thomas (winner of the John Fussell Award for Welsh Postgraduate Musicians), horn-player Mark Smith (winner of the Douglas Moore Horn Prize) and pianist Simone Tavoni (Italian winner of the BBC pathway scheme 2016).

Yulia Chaplina won first prize and the gold medal in the junior section of the 2004 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and she studied in Rostov, Moscow, Berlin and at the Royal College of Music where she was appointed a the Mills Williams Junior Fellow in 2012.

Full details from the Southbank Centre website.

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