Russia-UK – A musical crossroads in time and space

Pianist Sholpan Sharbakova takes you on an exciting cross-cultural journey exploring British Baroque and Russian Romanticism through two of the best composers of their times: George Frideric Handel and Nikolai Medtner.

The German-born Handel (1685 – 1759) lived in London for over thirty years where he composed some of the greatest music in history including Messiah, Zadok the Priest, and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

The ‘Late Romantic’ Russian, Nikolai Medtner (1879 – 1951), a contemporary of Rachmaninov and Scriabin, composed mainly for the piano. Among his best known works are Fairy Tales and Forgotten Melodies .

Sholpan Sharbakova

Classical Pianist and contemporary artist Sholpan Sharbakova has performed as a soloist and chamber musician, touring her native Kazakhstan, Russia and Europe. She is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions and festivals. She graduated in 2008 from the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Hamish Milne, receiving the Dip RAM, the Academy's highest award for performance. Before moving to London, she graduated with ‘Honours’ from the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, where she studied with Professor Grigory Gordon. She currently works as a soloist of the Astana State Philarmonia. http://www.sholpansharbakova.com

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