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Friday, 8 October 2021

Beyond Boundaries: Dmitri Alexeev & Friends In Memory of Dmitri Bashkirov

Beyond Boundaries: Dmitri Alexeev & Friends In Memory of Dmitri Bashkirov

The Russian pianist and teacher Dmitri Bashkirov died in March this year, he was 89. He had had a long and distinguished career though perhaps his name is not as well known as it should be. In addition to his pianistic career, which included winning the Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris in 1955, he had a long career as a teacher, first in Moscow and then in Madrid, where his pupils included Dmitri Alexeev, Arcadi Volodos, Nikolai Demidenko, his daughter Elena Bashkirova, Kirill Gerstein and many more.

Now, under the title Beyond Boundaries: Dmitri Alexeev & Friends In Memory of Dmitri Bashkirov, Bashkirov's friends, pupils and grand-pupils are coming together in a series of concerts to honour his memory at St John's Smith Square and the Royal College of Music from 23 October to 21 November 2021.

The first concert features Dmitri Alexeev's former pupils from the Royal College of Music, and now established artists in their own right, in Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Liszt's transcriptions of Schubert Songs (23/10/21). For the second concert, Dmitri Alexeev is joined by Nikolai Demidenko for piano duo music by Liszt, Saint-Saens and Shostakovich, ending with Alexeev's transcription of Stravinsky's Firebird (4/11/21). Then Alexeev gives a solo recital, featuring Brahms and Schumann, including two of Alexeev's transcriptions of Brahms' Choral Preludes (13/11/21). Finally, under the title Bright Future, there is a concert from a group of Alexeev's current pupils in music from Bach to Ligeti (21/11/21).

The first three concerts are at St John's Smith Square, whilst the final concert is at the Royal College of Music.

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