PUSHKIN CLUB: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF ISAAK SHVARTS

Issak Shvarts (standing) with Bulat Okudzhava

Issak Shvarts (standing) with Bulat Okudzhava

An evening of music and song celebrating the life and work of the great “unknown” composer Isaak Iosifovich Shvarts (1923-2009). Shvarts wrote enchanting music, including music inspired by the words of Pushkin. He wrote the soundtracks for more than 100 films and received an Oscar for the score he composed for Akira Kurosawa's film 'Dersu Uzala'. His friendship and fruitful creative partnership with Bulat Okudzhava in the latter part of their lives will be emphasised.  Shvarts and Okudzhava worked together on 11 films and composed over 30 songs - amongst them 'Your Honour', 'Lady Separation' and 'Song of the Horse Guard'.

Music will be provided by Nadia Giliova (piano) and Lila Moshtael (vocals and guitar), and will include a piano arrangement of 'Elegia', an orchestral piece Shvarts wrote for the film, 'The Stationmaster', and seven songs. The text of the songs, in Russian and English, will be available. David Brummell will introduce the evening and provide the accompanying narrative.

David Brummell, who is introducing the evening, is a long-standing member of Pushkin Club and a former trustee of Pushkin House (2004-2013). 

Nadia Giliova, our pianist, is a graduate of the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow and the Royal Academy of Music, London, and has been a prize-winner at a number of national and international competitions, including the International Prokofiev Competition in Moscow. Nadia teaches privately and is currently working on a number of projects with vocalists. 

Lila Moshtael is a well-known singer and guitarist, whose repertoire includes romantic ballads from Russia, France, England and Ireland. She has appeared many times at Pushkin House and at various charity fund- raising events and other venues, including a recent performance in the USA.  Lila has also performed for a number of BBC programmes and recorded for the BBC World Service studios.

THIS IS A PUSHKIN CLUB EVENT AND ALL OUR WELCOME.