A huge thank you to conductor Mr Alexander Sladkovsky and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra for giving me the opportunity to perform with them at the White Lilac Festival of Sergei Rachmaninoff in Kazan last week. The performers included Barry Douglas, Valentina Lisitsa and Cesar Alvarez. It was wonderful being in the beautiful city of Kazan and a great honour that Mr Sladkovsky chose Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No.2 for me to perform. I hope that I managed to give a performance worthy of one of the worlds greatest concertos.
You can see me rehearsing the 2nd movement with the orchestra here.
I have been preparing for my next concert which will be in Kazan, Russia. I’m lucky enough to be able to perform with the world famous Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under the renowned conductor Alexander Sladkovsky. I will be performing Rachmaninoff piano Concerto No.2 which is one of my favourite concertos and one which I have always wanted to perform in Russia. I hope I can do justice to this amazing piece!
Today I received some great news, I have been granted an award by The Hattori Foundation. The Hattori Foundation encourages and helps exceptionally talented young instrumental soloists or chamber ensembles in the UK, so I’m really lucky to have received it. The award is to help me with travel expenses so it will make things a lot easier. Thank you so much to all of the trustees and everyone at The Hattori Foundation.
Have a look at their website as it has details on the work that the foundation does and also on upcoming concerts and performances of many young musicians.
I have been invited to perform with the Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra in September this year. The Principal Conductor, David Michael Wolff asked me to visit Pinehurst in North Carolina to perform and also to speak with other young musicians about what I do.
I will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2, looking forward to it!
I got some great news today… I have been accepted to study at The Royal College of Music! The College have awarded me a full scholarship for the whole four years which is amazing. I think I might be the youngest person to be accepted onto the degree course, so its a great honour for me. Looking forward to starting next September!