An evening of music with Artem Kotov, guest artist from Moscow, for the opening concert of our 2019-2020 Music Salon programme. This evening’s exceptional programme explores early Russian classical music, as well as piano music by rarely heard Russian composers Genishta (1795-1853), Lyadov (1855-1914), Catoire (1861-1926) and Roslavets (1881-1944). Artem Kotov is part of ‘Moscow Soloists’, Russia’s only Grammy award-winning ensemble.
A piano recital by Russian-born Ilya Poletaev exploring various influences in Nikolay Medtner’s music. Half-German by birth, Medtner was considered equal to Scriabin and Rachmaninov just before the Revolution. Having embraced the idiom of German composers and philosophers as well as he could, Medtner managed to preserve the Russian element in his music. Sonata Tragica is one of his most popular pieces written just before immigrating to the West.
Described by the Telegraph as a pianist with ‘a sensitive soul’, Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is the winner of the 2015 Leeds Piano Competition. This is Anna’s third appearance in a Pushkin House Music Salon. Her programme includes two major works from the German piano repertoire: Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata and Schubert’s ‘Wanderer’ Fantasy, based on the song with the same title.
This is a unique opportunity to hear both the nearly forgotten gems of Russian cello music and well-known repertoire written for the instrument. In addition to playing miniatures by Lyadov and Arensky prizewinning British cellist Ariana Kashefi will also present monumental sonatas by Myaskovsky and Shostakovich.
A concert celebrating the centenary of the unique Russian composer of Polish origin, Moisey (Mieczysław) Weinberg (1919-1996). Friend and disciple of Shostakovich, his musical style was also influence by Prokofiev and Myaskovsky. This concert features the newly appointed leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Igor Yuzefovich as a guest soloist, in addition to Weinberg-expert violinist Yuri Kalnits.