Sunday January 26th 2020 3.00 pm
Anastasia Kobekina (cello) Luka Okros (piano)
Bach: Cello Suite no 2 in D minor BWV 1008
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Rachmaninov: Cello sonata in G minor Op 19
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Anastasia Kobekina debuted with an orchestra at the age of six. Since that time she has had the opportunity to perform with many renowned orchestras, such as Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, and many others. In June 2019 she won the Bronze medal at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg. In 2018 she became a „New Generation Artist“ of the BBC 3 Radio Scheme and was also awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann at the Swiss Winter Music Festival “Sommets musicaux de Gstaad”, a reward that comprises a recording with orchestra for the Swiss recording label Claves (released in April 2019). This season she will debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, participate in the chamber music week of Verbier Festival in Elmau, and will go on concert tour with the Konzerthaus orchestra Berlin. She was born into a family of musicians, she received her first cello lessons at the age of four at her home in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Following the completion of her studies at the Central Music school in Moscow she was invited to study at the famous Kronberg Academy in Germany. She continued her studies at the University of Arts in Berlin and is currently a student at the Conservatoire of Paris and at the Frankfurter Hochschule. In 2015 Anastasia won the prestigious TONALi Competition in Hamburg and was given the opportunity to borrow a beautiful violoncello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini which dates back to 1743.
Luka Okros was born in 1991 inTbilisi, Georgia, and made his debut with the Tbilisi State Orchestra when aged 6. He won a scholarship to study in Moscow in 2004 and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2013, since when he has studied at the Royal College of Music. He has won 1st prize in 5 international piano competitions in recent years, including the Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2016) and the Valencia International Piano Competition (2015), and prestigious awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Tillett Trust and the Verbier Festival Piano Award from the Tabor Foundation in Switzerland. He made his Carnegie Hall debut aged 18,and has played in many of the world's most famous halls. Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include recitals in Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Georgia, Germany, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom. Luka has recorded two albums: “Schumann” was released on November 17, 2016, in Paris Salle Cortot, and recently “Chopin” was presented on July 16, 2019, in London Southbank Centre.
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