18 y.o. pianist, originally from Russia. Wide experience in performing and organising all types of concerts. Sensitive chamber musician.
Since the age of 5 when I heard my father playing in a Russian folk group, music has been an essential part of my life. I have been playing piano for a decade and I have had opportunities to expand my talent and find my own path in the art of piano playing. Studying music both in Russia and England with different teachers has allowed me to become acquainted with the many aspects of classical music and increased my personal maturity. Two teachers have influenced my musical development considerably: the first was Professor Svetlana Semenkova, a D. Bashkirov alumna. She transformed my playing to a new level which resulted in winning Grand-Prix in the International D. Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth, Moscow. Other awards include 1st place at the Inter-Russian piano competition for young pianists, the Diploma in International television competition for young musicians “Nutcracker”, 1st place at the Inter-Russian piano competition “A concerto with orchestra”, the Diploma on the 20th International F. Chopin competition (Poland, Szafarnia). I relished the opportunities which these awards brought: performing Chopin Concerto in E minor 1st movement and Mozart Concerto no. 19 in F major 1st movement with Voronezh Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra. I have also performed Bach F-minor Concerto with the Voronezh Central Music School orchestra. At the Purcell School Professor Tatiana Sarkissova, also an alumna of D. Baskirov, has helped me to increase my repertoire and to broaden my musical horizons. My first achievement under her tutelage was winning a middle-school concerto competition with Prokofiev Concerto no. 1, and as a result, I played with the Purcell Middle-School orchestra Mozart Concerto no. 15 in B-major. I have been fortunate to gain numerous concert opportunities for my solo repertoire across the UK at prestigious venues, such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Mary’s Perivale, RNCM main hall, RCS, St. Barnabas Church, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place; at the Fazioli Hall in Sacile, The Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. All these performances fuelled my desire to become a professional musician. In my education at The Purcell School, I have been privileged to have master classes with Andrjei Yazinsky, Dmitri Alexeev, Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri. Particularly Mr Yazinsky opened my mind to a new way of seeing Chopin. I also attended masterclasses with V. Ashkenazi, N. Trull, A. Hewitt. In Russia I have participated in masterclasses with many professors of from Moscow Conservatory including D. Baskirov. Sadly the summer 2016 I was unable to take up the offer of masterclasses with Ari Vardi and Lake Como Summer School. I first played chamber music aged 11 and have gradually come to realise that I most enjoy playing with cello and voice. In June 2016 I appreciated giving a fundraising recital with a cellist. With the same partner I performed Debussy Cello Sonata at Wigmore Hall. Chamber music allows me to develop my communication and flexibility as a musician. Jazz and improvisation also interest me. Three years of jazz lessons with Tom Challenger, Kit Downes and David Gordon have prevented me from becoming narrow-minded in my outlook. I also enjoy studying jazz voice and I want to understand basics of this the most natural instrument. Sharing my music with others is important. I have taken part in events to support talented and disabled children. As a volunteer at the Russian International Jazz Festival “Jazz Province” for 5 years, I had a chance to see the processes of preparation and help in an organisation of the festival which is held in more than 10 cities. I have learned skills as varied as selling booklets, solving organisational issues and even being a personal helper and translator for Eric Marienthal. I also have experiences of the outreach project led by The Purcell School, the aim of which was to explore teaching and leadership skills.
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