Join us for Clare Hall's first Intimate Engagements concert of 2021/22, with Alexander Karpeyev on piano and Natalia Lomeiko on violin.
13 November 2021, 7.30pm
Clare Hall Dining Room
This concert puts in perspective two major works of the violin and piano literature. Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata needs little introduction as it is one of the most famous works of the composer. Nikolai Medtner, who died 70 years ago in London, and whose anniversary this concert celebrates, is gradually emerging as a major figure of twentieth century music. Once recognised by Rachmaninoff as the greatest composer of his time, he then fell into neglect, defended only by a handful of musicians who dared to confront the status quo. The younger generation has now embraced his music, and it is a pleasure to see talented musicians Natalia Lomeiko and Alexander Karpeyev tackling his 3rd Sonata Epica, one of his most ambitious work, in a concert that should be a fascinating opening to this year’s series.
-Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata
-Medtner: 3rd sonata Epica
Tickets: £15, £10 students, £5 children
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About the musicians
Born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia, Natalia has established herself internationally as a versatile performing artist.
Since her debut with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of seven, Natalia performed as a soloist with many orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lord Menuhin, Philharmonia, Singapore Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Tokyo Royal Philharmonic, Moscow State Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, St.Petersburg Radio Symphony, Nice Philharmonic, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra among many others.
Natalia has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Lionel Bringuier, Matthias Bamert, Arvo Volmer, Olari Elts, Vladimir Verbitsky, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Eckehard Stier, Mikhail Gerts, Valery Poliansky, Pavel Kogan, Yuri Simonov, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others.
Following her wins at 'Premio Paganini' and Michael Hill International Violin Competitions, Natalia recorded with pianist Olga Sitkovetsky for Dynamic, Fone, Trust Records, Atoll and with violinist/violist Yuri Zhislin for Naxos.
Natalia has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kings Place, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Buckingham Palace, the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. She has performed chamber music with such distinguished musicians as Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, the late Boris Pergamenschikov, Tabea Zimmerman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Schlomo Mintz, Daishin Kashimoto, Natalie Clein, Nicholas Daniel, Vadim Repin, Claudio Bohorquez and many others.
Natalia has been appointed a Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London in 2010 and currently resides in London.
Featured as ‘One to watch’ in International Piano magazine, Alexander is a Russian pianist resident in the UK, who has performed throughout the UK and Europe and toured in the USA, Canada and Russia as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
Karpeyev trained at the Moscow Conservatory with Vera Gornostayeva and Alexander Mndoyants and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Joan Havill. He is the winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition as well as the Norah Sande Award and the holder of a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In 2014 he completed a performance practice doctoral degree at the City University, based on the Edna Iles Medtner Collection at the British Library. Karpeyev is often asked to give masterclasses and lectures on Russian performing practice.
‘Sasha’ is passionate about communicating his ideas on Romantic 19th and early 20th-century piano repertoire, and in particular exploring the works of virtuoso pianist-composers. A Medtner specialist, he became deeply immersed in Medtner’s music and approach to music-making while working on his doctoral degree, and his contact with unique performing practice evidence informs his own playing. In 2019 he gave the Algerian premiere of Chopin’s F minor Concerto with the Algerian National Opera Orchestra under Maestro Amine Kouider.
He devotes considerable time to promoting Russian music in London as the Music Curator of the Pushkin House Music Salon in Bloomsbury, where he appears both as a soloist and collaborator with guest artists. He also has a mission to devise and direct music festivals that imaginatively combine performance and scholarship.