Sunday, May 19, 2019, 19:00 - 21:00
In her Pushkin House recital programme Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova explores creative and personal bonds between early 20th century Eastern European composers. Brought together by their love of music and mutual teachers, Kalnins, Vitols, Arensky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Siloti socialised, conversed and inspired each other’s masterpieces, engaging in fierce disputes. The programme invites the audience to reflect on the diversity of the styles of these five composers united by their love and appreciation of the Russian musical tradition.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 19:00 - 21:00
This concert consists entirely of music written by the member of the Russian Royal Family as well as music dedicated to them. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Narpavnik and Grechaninov all wrote songs on the words by Grand Duke Konstantin Romanov, himself a decent composer. Coronation marches, duets and solo piano pieces forms another major part of this unique concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanovs.
Since our inaugural concert in October 2016 we have hosted performances by outstanding musicians from all over the world: Leeds International Piano Competition winners Anna Tsybuleva, Sofya Gulyak and Federico Colli played solo recitals, and Cliburn Junior Piano Competition winner Alim Beisembayev took part in the celebration of Prokofiev’s 125th anniversary in 2016. There have been performances by the Navarra and Villiers String Quartet, Royal College of Music professors Yuri Zhislin and Natalia Lomeiko and Guildhall School of Music and Drama professors Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva and prize-winning pianists Luka Okros, Dinara Klinton and Sholto Kynoch, Maki Sekiya, and the sensational soprano Ilona Domnich. Visiting artists from abroad have included the Ivanov-Stuart Duo from the U.S., Anne Greuner from Germany and Pietro Bonfilio from Italy. As well as Jonathan Powell from Poland.