Pushkin House Music Festival to host night of rare Russian piano music


By Ellie Palmer

16 January 2020

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The night's music has been curated by the festival's music director Alexander Karpayev

Rarely heard works by Russian composers will be on show at St Paul's Church, London on Friday 31 January as part of the Pushkin House Music Festival.

The event will see young pianists from Finland, Germany, Singapore, Uzbekistan and the UK performing rarely heard works for piano by composers Lyadov, Lyapunov, Medtner, Mosolov, Myaskovky, Shoot, Stanchinsky, Volkonsky and Ustvolskaya. 

A highlight of the event will include the UK premiere of Nikolai Golovanov’s piano Sonata played by Mikhail Dubov – a pianist who doubles as a data scientist when he isn't performing!

'Rarities of Russian Piano Music' is part of a new initiative called A New London Adventure in Russian Music, which has been curated by the festival's music director Alexander Karpayev.

The Russian-born pianist, who is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, has become a specialist in the works of Russian composer Nikolai Medtner, who is represented in the event by his Tales and Elegy.

Other musical gems include former Dartington composer-in-residence Vladislav Shoot’s Children’s Album, which will be played by his daughter Veronika. 

Pushkin House was established in 1954 by Russian emigrés. Supported entirely by donations, its vision is to be the leading independent UK charity specialising in Russian Culture.  

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