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Mazaika 's unique programme of classical music and operatic arias includes works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Sarasate, Brahms, Kachaturian, Rachmaninov, Verdi, Piazzola and others, ending with some spectacular Russian highlights.

Mazaika was formed in 1996 after Russian accordionist and singer Igor Outkine got together with English violinist Sarah Harrison. They have given concerts and cabaret performances at Concert Halls and Music Festivals throughout Britain, Europe and the U.S.A., including sellout performances at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank. Other notable venues include The QEH, St John’s Smith Square, Cambridge Summer Music Festival and the Hollywell Room in Oxford. Mazaika’s performances at the Edinburgh Fringe were received to high critical acclaim

SARAH HARRISON [England]trained as a classical violinist at the Guildhall School of Music [&] Drama in London after which extensive travels enabled her to experiment with many other musical styles. She has worked with Django Bates and Delightful Precipice, The Folk Orchestra (now Orbestra), Charanga Rivera and the Marianne Olyver Gypsy Orchestra. She has also appeared widely in the theatre, including two tours with Lumiere [&] Son, a run with Fascinating Aida at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, and at the National Theatre. She leads a string quartet - The Picasso Players - and is a member of the Hot Club of New Cross. She gave a concert of works by Fritz Kreisler and contemporaries at the Purcell room with pianist Howard Beach in May 2003

IGOR OUTKINE [Russia]studied classical accordion at Elektrostal's music college and traditional singing at the Gnesin Institute in Moscow. He performed extensively with top folk groups and with the Rozovsky Theatre of Moscow. In 1996 he met violinist Sarah Harrison with who he created Mazaika. His performance of Russian Tangos, Romances and Folksongs at the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2000 was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. In 2004 he has appeared in Almeida Theatre in London with Soft Cell's lead singer Marc Almond playing and singing Russian songs and is featured on Marc’s live DVD “Sin Songs”. He has played on several major film soundtracks including "The Man Who Knew Too Little" (1998), "Birthday Girl" (2001), "Mirrormask" (2004), "La Vie en Rose" (1997), and "la Mome" (2007). Igor also appears on screen in the new feature film "Eastern Promises" (2007) directed by David Cronenberg ("Fly", "Crash") singing the Russian song Dark Eyes.

Pushkin House is grateful to Cheeswrights , Notaries Public, for their generous sponsorship of this evening’s event.


Preludium and allegro – Fritz Kreisler
Ombra mai fu (Serse) – George Frideric Handel
Winter - Antonio Vivaldi
Ave Maria - Vladimir Vavilov (Caccini)
En Aranjues Con Tu Amor - Rodrigues
La Danza – Gioacchino Rossini

Zigeunerweisen – Pablo de Sarasate
Cease thy singing – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Gadfly – Dmitri Shostakovich
Singer’s song behind the stage (Raphael) – Anton Arensky
Sabre dance - Aram Khachaturian
Libertango – Astor Piazzolla

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