Fiona Maddocks

Goodbye Russia: Rachmaninoff in Exile

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Date and Time

21st September 2023
5:15pm - 6:30pm


St Peter's Church


Single Ticket: £14
Student Ticket: £12

Talking To

Tim Hubbard

Rachmaninoff left Petrograd in 1917 in the throes of the Russian Revolution and at the peak of his powers as a composer-conductor-performer. He reinvented himself as a virtuoso pianist, building up untold wealth and meeting the stars – from Walt Disney to Charlie Chaplin – yet the melancholy of leaving his homeland never lifted. The Observer’s classical music critic explores the story behind farewell masterpiece, Symphonic Dances, and the event includes interludes of his music played by the acclaimed young Russian pianist Misha Kaploukhii, who will be performing two short pieces by Rachmaninoff including from Symphonic Dances, adapted for solo piano.

Misha Kaploukhii was born in 2002 and is an alumnus of the Moscow Gnessin College of Music, where he studied in the piano class of Mikhail Egiazarian. Misha is currently studying at the Royal College of Music; he is an RCM and ABRSM award holder generously supported by Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation and Talent Unlimited charity studying for a Bachelor of Music with Professor Ian Jones. He has performed with orchestras around the world including his recent debut in Cadogan Hall with the Rachmaninoff 1st Piano Concerto. Recently, Misha has won prizes in the RCM concerto competition (playing Liszt’s 2nd Piano Concerto) and in the International Ettlingen Piano Competition.”

Talking to Tim Hubbard

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