The Year of Music of Great Britain & Russia is the next in line after The Year of Culture, The Year of Language & Literature and The Year of Science & Education. It officially began in Sochi a few days ago and was created to improve relations between our two countries. This year will last until the mid 2020’s, ending in Moscow with the Georg Handel Festival.
The Russian part of the event will open in London in July with a performance by The Bolshoi Ballet.
I am very proud to have been able to perform at the opening concert and am hopeful that music can bring our two countries closer together. I will be performing for the event again in August at the Tariverdiev Festival in Kaliningrad.
Yesterday was my performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 at The Winter Hall in Sochi. The concert went really well with a full house and some great reviews and tv reports (thanks!). As an encore I performed the theme to The Cafe Scene from Seventeen Moments of Spring by Mikael Tariverdiev, immediately followed by a complete performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Never done that before!!
Also a huge thank you to ClassicFM in the UK for posting my rehearsal video!
Today I rehearsed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 with the Sochi Symphony Orchestra and conductor Maestro Anton Lubchenko. This was the first time I have ever played this piece with an orchestra! The performance is in two days…