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Nika Shirocorad: Gornostaeva Open Piano Series (3): Beethoven

Nika Shirocorad: Gornostaeva 'Open Piano' Series 2015-2016

This is the second in a series of 10 monthly concerts with short talks in Russian, to introduce - or re-introduce - London audiences to the classical piano repertoire, dedicated to the memory of the Russian pianist and teacher Vera Gornostaeva (1929-2015), Professor and Head of the Keyboard Department of the Moscow Conservatoire.

Concert No.3: Beethoven


Sonatas No.21- c- major," Aurora",

No.23-"f - minor" Appasionata"

Lecture about L.V. Beethoven 32 -Complete sonatas - 2 volumes.

Presentation of some simples of the sonatas( especially the Sonatas which was written in Beethoven's early times).

Art slide show of Rubens.

I will also use recording of 

Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550,


Nika Shirocorad was born in St. Petersburg into a family of well-known graphic artists and painters. Preoccupied with both art and music from a very early age, she took part in the First International Art Exhibition for Children in Moscow at the age of 5, and at the age of 6 received the Diploma for Children’s Musical Compositions awarded by the Moldova Union of Composers. At the age of 16 she won the Yevgeny Koku International Piano Competition in Chişinau, Moldova and the Soleartinsky International Piano Competition in Minsk, Belarus.  In 1997, Nika gained second place in the Ukraine International Piano Competition, Kiev.  From 1997 she continued her musical studies, first in piano and later in composition, at the National Conservatoire in Russia, graduating in 2002, and simultaneously studied graphics at the Surikov Institute in Moscow. Her final two years of study (2000-2002) were as an exchange student at the Chopin Conservatoire in Poland, as a pupil of Eva Bukoemska and Krzysztof Penderecki.