Baroque Violinist

Emma-Marie Kabanova

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About Emma-Marie Kabanova

Emma-Marie is a classical violinist specialising in Baroque music, chamber music and classical improvisation.
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Danish/British violinist Emma-Marie Kabanova completed a Master’s degree at Goldsmith’s College, University of London where she specialized in performance of music by late Soviet composers. She completed further studies in violin performance at the Novosibirsk Conservatory and studied privately with a principal violinist of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in Moscow, Russia. Emma-Marie also studied baroque violin and historical performance at the Malmo Academy of Music in Sweden and attended masterclasses at the Antonio Vivaldi Academy in Venice, Italy. Recent concerts include appearances with the Oxford Alternative Orchestra UK, The National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova, and at festivals in the UK, Hungary and Turkey. Formerly based in Moscow, Emma-Marie was a guest Principal with the Moscow Baroque Soloists and the artistic director of Globus Music baroque ensemble; in 2019 the ensemble presented the first historically informed performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ oratorio in Russia and created collaborative projects with artists of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Helikon Opera and with ballet dancers from the best companies in Moscow. Under Emma-Marie’s direction the ensemble forged close links with the British Embassy and had the honour of performing the National Anthem at the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2018. They also performed for representatives of FIFA during the world cup in 2018 and became the “in house” ensemble for all British Embassy functions, performing for visiting dignitaries and royalty. Emma-Marie teaches violin and has worked as a classroom music teacher. Between 2007 and 2014 she set up musical education projects working with terminally ill children in Siberia and young offenders in an institution in Moscow. In 2017 she was given a ‘Points of Light’ award by the UK Prime Minister for this work. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Emma-Marie found it impossible to stay in Russia and returned to the UK.

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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise
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Composer, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist, Community music worker
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Song list

«Weddings and Ceremonies»:
J.S. Bach - Air (on the G string)
J.S. Bach - Assorted dances for violin solo
J.S. Bach - Ave Maria
Handel - Water Music
Handel - Fireworks Suit
Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
Handel - Largo
F. Mendlessohn - Wedding March
Pachelbel - Canon in D
Purcell - Fairy Queen Dances
Telemann - Assorted dances for violin solo
Vivaldi - Four Seasons extracts
Mozart — Eine Kleine Nacht Musik
Mozart - Assorted minuets and trios
L.V. Beethoven - Romance
R. Vaughan Williams - Lark Ascending
R. Wagner - Wedding March
E. Elgar - Salut d' Amor
E. Elgar - Chanson de matin
F. Schubert - Ave Maria
G. Gershwin - Summertime
N. Rimsky-Korsakov Theme
N. Rimsky-Korsakov - Song of India
P. Tchaikovsky - Sentimental Waltz
P. Tchaikovsky - Ballet extracts
P. Tchaikovsly - Melancholy Serenade
J. Strauss - Assorted waltzes
Assorted hymn tunes chosen by clients
C. Perry - Thousand Years
E. Sheeran- Joker and the Queen
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
M Trainer – All about that bass
Ray Charles - Hit the road Jack
Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams
Beatles – Yesterday
Beatles – Let it be
Beatles - When I'm 64
Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Ben E King – Stand by Me
Westlife – Beautiful in White
Beatles – Norwegian Wood
Lady Gaga- Bad Romance
Harry Styles – As it Was
C. Dion - My heart will go on
E. John - Can you feel the love tonight
A. Lloyd Webber - Music of the night
A. Lloyd Webber - Memory
Beatles - When I'm 64
Beatles - Yesterday
Beatles - Norwegian Wood
Beatles - Let it Be
Beatles - Back in the USSR
Elvis - Can't help falling in love with you
Elvis - Blue Suede Shoes
Otis Reding - Sitting on the Dock of a Bay
Chordettes - Mr Sandman
Jazz & Swing:
Fly me to the moon
Aint Misbehaving
Blueberry Hill
Embraceable You
Everybody loves my baby
Girl from Ipanema
Hello Dolly
I Got Rhythm
In a Sentimental Mood
Dream a little dream of me
Anything Goes
Mr Sandman
They can’t take that away fro me
I can’t give you anything but love
I got plenty of nuttin’
I say a little prayer for you
I could have danced all night
Satin doll
Smoke gets in your eyes
Red sails in the sunset
Nice work if you can get it
They all laughed
I love you baby (Can't take my eyes of you)
Take 5
Moon River
Baroque and Classical:
A. Bertali - Ciaconna
H.I.F. von Biber - Rosary Sonatas
J.S. Bach - Partita II for unaccompanied violin
J.S. Bach - Partita III for unaccompanied violin
J.S. Bach - Double Violin Concerto
J.S. Bach - Erbarme Dich violin solo
J.S. Bach - Violin concerto in E major
D. Buxtehude - Duo Sonatas for violin and Viola da Gamba
D. Buxtehude - Singet dem Herrn
A. Corelli - Violin sonatas opus 5
A. Caldara - Violin sonata in A minor
G.F. Handel - All violin sonatas
G.F. Handel - 9 German Arias
E.M. Kabanova - Pasacaglia
E.M. Kabanova - MacBeth Fantasy
I, Khandoshkin - Sonata for solo violin in Eb major
I. Leonarda - Sonata Duodecima
W.A. Mozart - Concerto 2
W. A. Mozart - Concerto 3
W.A. Mozart - Assorted sonatas
H. Purcell - Prelude
H.Purcell - Fairy Queen Dances arr. E.M. Kabanova
F. Schubert - 3 Sonatinas
A.Stradella - Sinfonia
G. Tartini - Pastorale in Scordatura
G.P. Telemann - Fantasies
G.P. Telemann - Assorted Violin sonatas
G.P. Telemann - Concerti for 4 violins
A. Vivaldi - Four Seasons
A. Vivaldi - L'estro Armonico
A. Vivaldi - Assorted violin sonatas
J.P. Westhoff - Sonata Imitazione della campane
J.P. Westhoff - sonatas for unaccompanied violin
20th/21st Century:
T. Amiryan - Song of Ascents
C. Cardew - Treatise
S. Gubaidulina - Dancer on a Tightrope
J. Lang Zaimont - My Heart is Desolate
J. Macmillan - Kiss on Wood
O. Messiaen - Thème et variations
O. Messiaen - Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus
A. Part - Fratres
A. Part - Spiegel im Spiegel
K. Penderecki - Cadenza
K. Saariaho - Nocturne
A. Schnittke - Fugue for unaccompanied violin
A. Schnittke - Sonata 1 for violin and piano
A. Schnittke - Suit in the Olden Style
A. Schnittke - Quasi una Sonata
A. Schnittke - Moz-Art
A. Schnittke - Stille Nacht
A. Schnittke - Stille Muzik
D. Schostakovich - Violin Sonata
D. Schostakovich - 5 pieces for 2 violins and piano
J. Tavener - Fragment for the Virgin
J. Tavener - Song of the Angel
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The joy and passion I bring to every performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed in wonderful places like the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London; Vivaldi's church, the Chiesa della Pieta in Venice; the famous Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. I've also performed in the British, Danish, American and Netherlands embassies in Russia. For many years I performed for children in hospitals, some of the most precious moments of my career.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Performing the UK national anthem for Queen Elizabeth's Birthday celebrations in the British Embassy of Moscow.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try to be flexible to help your event run smoothly. If something changes in the run up to the event, just let me know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need around 30 minutes to set up, warm up and change my clothes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I'm always happy to discuss the music I play and find out what works best for the type of event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely! Violin and music stand, it's all very simple and means I can really play anywhere!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a piece is not included in my repertoire, I may already know it. I am always willing to consider learning something new to make your event truly special, but please be aware that there is an extra fee of £40 to cover the time I will spend on this.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£75
Up to 1 hour£130
Up to 2 hours£175
Up to 3 hours£200
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From Encore customers:

Joanne L
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Emma-Marie did a wonderful job for my Mum’s 80th birthday gathering . She was happy to play all our suggestions and suggested her own that would compliment our playlist . We communicated regularly prior to the event so it was seamless on the day . She is a lovely , talented and accommodating lady . Thankyou Anna-Marie. Could not recommend her more .

Reply from Emma-Marie Kabanova
6 months ago

So happy to have played for you and many happy returns to your mum again!

Eve M
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great communication! Professional and punctual. Such a lovely part to the day’ . Thanks so much .

Reply from Emma-Marie Kabanova
6 months ago

It was a pleasure to be part of your special day!

From other customers:

Audience M
2 years ago

Emma-Marie's performance of H.I.F. von Biber's Annunciation Sonata was profound and nuanced.

British M
2 years ago

Emma-Marie is a fine musician, polite, impeccably attired and can adapt her repertoire to fit any event.

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