May 12, 2017 18 45 BST

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REPLAY: Maki Sekiya (piano): Shostakovich & Contemporary Russia

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Maki Sekiya (piano): Shostakovich & Contemporary Russia

A recital of Russian contemporary pieces alongside works by Shostakovich. The brilliant Japanese pianist, Maki Sekiya, presents here a recital that juxtaposes the two piano sonatas of Shostakovich with Russian contemporary pieces that reflect the influence of minimalism and electronica. “Yarilo” for piano and electronics by the Moscow-trained composer, Nikolai Korndorf, is one of the great classics of Russian contemporary keyboard music, and for the pieces by Yusopova and Popoff, Maki is joined by the exceptional Oxford-based Theremin player, Lydia Kavina. 

“An extraordinary, irrepressible energy which doesn’t know an end.” - V.G.Rozhnovsky 

The PRE-CONCERT TALK at 6:45pm will be LIVE-STREAMED as well as the CONCERT from 7:30pm:

Shostakovich - Piano Sonata 1
Nikolai Korndorf - Yarilo
Iraida Yusopova - Kitezh-19
Andrew Popoff - Wind from the East
Shostakovich - Piano Sonata 2
Pavlenko - La musique a bis

Japanese virtuoso pianist Maki Sekiya has had a successful international career based in Russia and in Japan, after graduating from the Moscow Conservatoire. She recently returned to live in the United Kingdom, where she had studied during her teenage years at the Purcell school. Since then she has made sensational appearances around UK and received some outstanding reviews for her playing. 

Maki's very wide repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the most recently written works of the 21st century. She regularly collaborates with well established composers and gives world premier performances, including pieces which were written especially for Maki and dedicated to her. She is equally at home performing concertos, solo recitals, or chamber music.

Born in Moscow and currently living in Oxfordshire, UK, Lydia Kavina is one of the leading performing musicians on the theremin. Lydia began studying the theremin at the age of 9 under the direction of Léon Theremin, who was first cousin of her grandfather. Five years later she was ready to give her first theremin concert, which marked the beginning of her musical career that has so far led to more than a thousand concerts and theatre, radio and television performances of classic and contemporary music, throughout the world.
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