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The Splendour of Russian Music

Saturday 23 November, 2019, 19:00 - 22:00

Mikhail Matyushin, Painterly-Musical construction, 1923

Mikhail Matyushin, Painterly-Musical construction, 1923

To mark the 20th anniversary of The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society would like to invite you to a concert of Russian music delivered by musicians who have cultural links to Russia and the Russian-Speaking community in the UK.

Music is a universal language of intercultural communication, which helps to promote better understanding, peace and build stronger communities.

Russian-speaking musicians have made a sound contribution to the world of music over the years and continue to do so, whilst living and working across the borders – towards strengthening the shared cultural capital and fostering humanity.

This is a special opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Russian music heritage which will be delivered by artists of different backgrounds and generations to

the diverse Cambridge community. The artists share a passion for music and belief that it can serve as a strong medium of inspiration, empathy and reconciliation.

The artists kindly responded to our call for performers to make their contribution to the programme of Russian music celebration with their selected pieces by prominent Russian composers as well as their own creations.

Please join us to mark this special occasion and meet the artists who will share their personal insights into their chosen pieces.

In the programme:

Mily Balakirev
Edison Denisov
Alexander Glazunov
Mikhail Glinka
Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Rachmaninov
Alexander Scriabin
Dmitri Shostakovich as well as pieces by contemporary composers.

Unfortunately, we have had a last minute change to the programme. Due to unexpected changes in family circumstances Anatole Libermann will sadly not be able to join us this time. However, an award-winning violinist Ludmila Pavlova has kindly agreed to come from Prague to perform at the celebratory CamRuSS concert.

ALISSA FIRSOVA (paino) http://alissafirsova.com/

Alissa Firsova

Alissa Firsova

Alissa Firsova is a Cambridge-based Russian-British pianist, composer and conductor. Coming from a family of Russian musicians, she has strong links to Russian heritage and the Russian-speaking community in Cambridge. After completing a postgraduate conducting course at The Royal Academy of Music under Colin Metters, Alissa had her triple-debut with the English Chamber Orchestra as director, composer and conductor at Cadogan Hall in 2013. Her music was recorded and performed in various concerts and music festivals in the UK and across the world. She will perform several pieces together with Anatole Libermann (cello) and Asya Fateeva (saxophone) as well as her own compositions.


Anatole Libermann

Anatole Libermann

Anatole Liebermann is a Paris-based musician, born in 1948 in Moscow. At the age of 9 he began to study the cello and in 1970 he entered the Moscow Conservatoire to study with Natalia Gutman. In 1975 he founded the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and together they emigrated to Paris and settled there
in 1981. As a member of the Tchaikovsky Trio as well as a soloist, Anatole has performed in festivals throughout France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Japan, USA and Canada. Most prestigious appearances have been at the Concertgebouw, La Scala, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau and Musee d’Orsay as well as many more. He will perform several selected pieces from Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Balakirev and Glinka together with Alissa Firsova.

MAXIM KOSINOV (violin) http://www.maximkosinov.com

Maxim Kosinov

Maxim Kosinov

Maxim Kosinov is a freelance concertmaster who currently works from Belgium. Over the last few years he appeared with numerous orchestras in
Europe such as the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderens and many others. Being born and trained in St Peteresburg, Russia, he spent a few years in Cambridge and has strong links to the Russian-Speaking community. Maxim was based in Cambridge before moving to Belgium and during that time took part in two informal concerts which were organised by the Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society in 2009 and 2011. He also taught and inspired young musicians in Cambridge. For the CamRuSS Anniversary concert Maxim proposed to perform his favourite piece by Sergei Prokofiev (1947) – Sonata for Solo Violin in D major, Opus 115.

ASYA FATEEVA (saxophone) https://www.asyafateyeva.com/

Asya Fateeva

Asya Fateeva

Asya Fateeva was born in 1990 in Crimea and devotes herself to a wide repertoire as a classical saxophonist. Her training combines the Russian tradition of soulful music making with the classical school of French saxophone playing. As a classical saxophonist of the young generation, Asya is one of the outstanding representatives in her field. In 2014, she became the first woman to reach the finals of the prestigious International Adolphe Sax Competition in Belgium and finished 3rd. She currently lives and works in Berlin and kindly agreed to contribute to the CamRuSS 20th anniversary concert with selected pieces by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Denisov.


VITALY PISARENKO (piano) http://www.pisarenkovitaly.com/

Vitaly Pisarenko

Vitaly Pisarenko

Vitaly Pisarenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1987. He received his training in Kiev, Kharkov (Ukraine), at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia), at Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory, at the Piano Institute in Italy and most recently at the Royal College of Music in London. He currently lives and works in London. Last year Vitaly performed extensively throughout the UK appearing in the Oxford Piano Series, BMS York, Champs Hill, Erin Arts Centre (Isle of Man), Manchester (with soloists of Manchester Camerata) and Hatchlands along with performances in London for the Chopin Society, St Martin in the Fields, Parliament Chambers, Chelsea Arts Club and at Cadogan Hall with the London Mozart Players. We are delighted that Vitaly kindly responded to our call for performers and agreed to make his contribution to the CamRuSS special music celebration.

LUDMILA PAVLOVA (violin) www.ludmilapavlova.net

Ludmila Pavlova is a Russian-speaking musician who was born in the Czech Republic in 1994 and from an early age received first prizes in a number of Czech youth competitions. She gained her musical training at the Prague Academy for Music Arts and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien. In 2014 Ludmila released her debut CD with the pianist Stanislav Gallin and founded her own chamber music festival «Podkrkonošské hudební léto”which is now in its 4th Season. Last year she performed with the pianist Alissa Firsova in Cambridge. This year she will perform several selected pieces from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Smirnov together with Alissa Firsova at the Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society ‘s celebratory concert.

To book your tickets please choose one of the following options:

Full price – £25
Concessions – £20
CamRuSS member, OAP’s, Students with proof of eligibility


Reserve your tickets via AllEvents website.


Pay by direct bank transfer (BACS) to the following account:
Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society
NATWEST Bank, Sort code: 60-11-30
Account: 18120466
Ref: 23Nov + YOUR NAME (under which you are making reservation)

Please email events@camruss.com to inform us about your payment.

Thank you all who already booked the tickets. We will have the list of all who booked them in advance. PLEASE NOTE that online ticket sale is closed now. You may enquire about the available tickets tonight from 18.30 on the door, in Old Divinity School, St John’s college.


Saturday 23 November, 2019
19:00 - 22:00
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Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St John’s College, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TP