July 25, 2018, 8 PM
Small Hall of the Dzintari Concert Hall

KSENIJA SIDOROVA AND AVI AVITAL

Performers: Ksenija Sidorova /accordion/

Special guest: Avi Avital /mandolin/

Programme: music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Manuel de Falla, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Nikolai Budashkin

Ksenija Sidorova, crowned the “Accordion Princess”, has become a global ambassador of her instrument, transcending the boundaries of genres with her skills and personal charm in front of audiences around the world. In 2016, Ksenija signed an exclusive deal with one of world’s most prestigious record labels Deutsche Grammophon. Ksenija attended music school since the age of eight and her tutor was the legendary Marija Gasele. The desire to become more involved in the classical and contemporary repertoire led Ksenija to London, where she received a Master’s degree with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Owen Murray.

She is a recipient of many awards, including the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Maisie Lewis Award, and has become the first accordionist to receive the WCoM Prince’s Prize. In May 2012, Ksenija received the international award of the Bryn Terfel foundation. Ksenija’s collaborations include such composers as Karl Jenkins, Hans Abrahamsen, Stefano Gervasoni, Nirmali Fenn, Samantha Fernando, Carlos Duque, Elspeth Brooke, and Patrick Nunn. Ksenija has performed together with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), Bristol Colston Hall, debuted in the Lucerne Festival, Bergen Festival, Cēsis Arts Festival and other festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Italy.