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This Pushkin House piano recital will be the opening concert of an international festival dedicated to the Russian composer and pianist Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951) that will take place in London, 28-30 January, 2016.  A younger contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninov and Alexander Scriabin, Medtner wrote a substantial number of compositions, all of which include the piano.

"Rachmaninov’s is a household name, and in a world where all injustices were eradicated, Medtner’s would be, too. It’s not so long since an enthusiasm for Medtner required special pleading.....Now his music is almost a staple of the repertoire, and virtually all of his output has seen the attention of the microphones. The Medtnerfest is another manifestation of his glacier-slow move to centre-stage. For its participants, whether you are discovering Medtner for the first time or have loved his music for many years, it will, perhaps, suggest that on occasion fashion can indeed yield to reason." — Martin Anderson, music critic

The festival's artistic director, Alexander Karpeyev, will be one of the soloists. 

The programme:

Gerald Kingsley                                 ‘Remembering Anna and Nikolai Medtner’

Cahill Smith (piano)                           Medtner: Vergessene Weisen, Op. 38

Elena Mindlina (soprano)                   Medtner: Muse, Op. 29, No. 1

Alexander Karpeyev (piano)             Medtner: Sonata-Ballada, Op. 27

There will be no interval. The ticket price includes drinks after the performance.

Alexander Karpeyev

Alexander Karpeyev

Alexander Karpeyev has been a major prizewinner in international piano competitions, including 1st prizes at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival’s Professional Piano Recital Competition, the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition and the Norah Sande Award 2008. Karpeyev has given recitals in many of the major UK venues, including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Cadogan, Royal Festival, Wigmore, Fairfield and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Abroad, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Greece, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. 

Cahill Smith

Cahill Smith

Born and raised in rural Alabama, Cahill Smith has given recitals in major venues in the United States and abroad, including three programmes in three years at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (2013, 2014, and 2015). Cahill has been featured as a concerto soloist with the National Ukranian Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and others. Cahill’s programming of works by Nikolai Medtner has attracted the attention of audiences and critics. Cahill's Carnegie Hall debut was with an all-Medtner programme of solo piano music, songs, and chamber music and he gave a lecture-recital on the composer at Yale University. 

Elena Mindlina

Elena Mindlina

Russian-born soprano Elena Mindlina has toured Russia with newly discovered songs of Nikolai Tcherepnin and has recorded a world premiere CD Nikolai Tcherepnin: Songs that was released by Toccata Classics in London and rated Five Stars by BBC Music magazine in July 2014. In New York, Elena has appeared in various venues, including the Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Yamaha Hall, and the American Opera Center. 



Gerald Kingsley, as a young pianist, studied with Edwin Fischer at the Lucerne Conservatory of Music. In 1950 he met Nicolas Medtner and forged a lasting friendship with both the composer and his wife. He was a Director of the music publishing firm Josef Weinberger Limited, and headed their Promotion Department with particular emphasis on orchestral performances and the licensing of Musicals in the Scandinavian countries. He is Artistic Advisor to Ivy House Music and Dance at JW3.