ALL MUSIC SALONs
A NOTE FROM OUR CURATOR
The Pushkin House Music Salon series of concerts arose from a desire to profile and present chamber music by Russian and Soviet composers - works that are rarely heard in concert halls or recordings.
Much of the classical music composed in the 18th and 19th centuries was not intended to be performed in large concert halls, as so often happens now. Rather, piano miniatures were originally performed at home for a small circle of friends.
We aim to nurture a fresh tradition of informal music-making, bringing people together in Pushkin House where they can enjoy close proximity to the performers, and where socialising with a drink and chatting between pieces is encouraged.
Pushkin House Music Curator
Featured as ‘One to watch’ in International Piano magazine, Alexander Karpeyev 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. He recently gave the Algerian premiere of Chopins’ 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. Building on the success of three recent Medtner festivals in London, Karpeyev aspires to mount a bigger annual Russian Music Festival in London.
Solo recitals by The Leeds International Piano Competition winners Anna Tsybuleva / Sofya Gulyak / Federico Colli
Prize-winning pianists Alasdair Beatson / Daniel Grimwood / Dinara Klinton / Sholto Kynoch / Luka Okros / Maki Sekiya
Internationally acclaimed sopranos Ilona Domnich / Sofia Fomina
Virtuoso theremin player Lydia Kavina
Composer Gabriel Prokofiev
Visiting artists from abroad Stuart-Ivanov Duo (USA) / Anne Greuner (Germany) / Pietro Bonfilio (Italy) / Jonathan Powell (Poland) / Francois Pineau-Benois (France)
Other performers Fenella Humphreys / Alim Beisembayev / Navarra String Quartet / Villiers Quarter / Lomeiko-Zhislin Duo / Charles Owen / Katya Apekisheva
Students from The Royal Northern College of Music / Wales International Academy of Voice / Royal College of Music / Guildhall School of Music & Drama / Royal Academy of Music / Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" di Milano / Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Our Music Salons present works by Russian and Soviet composers that are rarely heard in concert halls or recordings. Your support will helps us to pay the musicians’ fees and deliver our music programme to a wider audience by also taking our concert outside of Pushkin House.
For an annual donation of £500 a Muse for our music programme will receive invites to all Music Salons, including Pushkin House concerts outside of our Bloomsbury Square home.