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. Jaques Samuels and Cliburn Junior Piano Competitions 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 as well as prize-winning pianists Alasdair Beatson, Daniel Grimwood, Dinara Klinton, Sholto Kynoch, Luka Okros, Maki Sekiya, and the internationally-acclaimed sopranos Ilona Domnich and Sofia Fomina. Visiting artists from abroad have included the Ivanov-Stuart Duo (U.S.), Anne Greuner (Germany), Pietro Bonfilio (Italy), Jonathan Powell (Poland) and Francois Pineau-Benois (France).
In addition, Pushkin House aims to provide platform for aspiring young musicians from across the Globe. The students of all London conservatories and Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music took part in our ‘Total Immersion’ project. Musicians from Moscow’s Gnessin school gave a concert in 2018. Most recently the focus of the series has been on the lesser-known Russian and Soviet composers. Each salon in the past year or so have included music by Arensky, Balakirev, Blumenfeld, Catoire, Conus, Eiges, Glazunov, Goedicke, Goldenweiser, Grechaninov, Kabalevsky, Kashperova, A. Krein, Medtner, Myaskovsky, Napravnik, Nikolayev, Roslavets, Taneyev, Tcherepnin or Tischenko. We hope to continue introducing this fascinating layer of Russian music for you in the future!