Thursday 24 February 3.00 pm
Le Jardin Féerique piano duo
Veronika Shoot and Nafis Umerkulova
Ravel: Mother Goose suite (15')
i. Pavane of Sleeping Beauty)
ii. Little Tom Thumb)
iii. Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodasi
v. Conversation of Beauty and the Beausy
v The Fairy Garden
Debussy: Le Petit Suite (14')
En bateau (Sailing): Andantino
Cortège (Retinue): Moderato
Menuet : Moderato
Ballet : Allegro giusto
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Part I:
L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth) (12')
Russian-born Veronika Shoot moved to the UK at the age of five when her father Vladislav Shoot became the composer-in-residence at Dartington Hall. At 7 years old she performed her first piano recital at the Dartington International Summer School music festival. Veronika studied with full scholarships at Yehudi Menuhin and Purcell Schools of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Royal Scottish conservatoire from which she graduated with distinction.Veronika has performed regularly as soloist and chamber musician on many renowned stages of classical music around the world and is a Laureate of numerous International Competitions and prizes.Veronika grew up surrounded by nature, music and the arts. In 2019 her solo album ‘Journey Through Childhood' was released, featuring an array of miniatures including famous masterpieces and unknown musical gems by Debussy, Schumann, Lyadov, Takemitsu, and Vladislav Shoot.Passionate about musical education and the importance of providing young people the opportunity to be exposed to music in a way that stimulates a personal connection, creativity, bold expression away from the accustomed classical concert stage, Veronika has worked on numerous collaborative projects combining music, art, storytelling and movement for workshops in schools. She has taught at Dartington International Summer School, London Russian Music Academy, and is currently Ambassador' for SaMM music school. Veronika was first introduced to Yoga by her father at the age of 5. Upon meeting Lord Yehudi Menuhin a year later, discovering his ethos and being invited to study at his school, she explored the practice further.Since then she has integrated the practice into her life and is certified Yoga instructor, particularly enjoying the benefits of this practice with musicians.
Born in Tashkent, Nafis Umerkulova started piano at the age of 5 inspired by her mother, who was also a pianist. A few years later, Nafis became a prize-winner of various piano competitions at home and abroad. From 2004 Nafis moved to the UK and was awarded full scholarships to the Purcell School, Royal Academy of Music (2006) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2010). While studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she was invited to perform Schubert's Sonata D 958 for the BBC's documentary about Schubert. Nafis is a passionate soloist and a chamber musician. Her numerous performances in the UK feature recitals in ?Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Glasgow City Halls, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Town and Symphony Halls among others. In September 2019 Nafis released her debut album “Darkness illuminated' featuring the music of Alexander Scriabin and his rarely heard contemporary – Alexei Stanchinsky. In addition to her performance career, Nafis is dedicated to sharing her experience with younger generations and enjoys teaching very much. She is currently a piano faculty member at the Purcell School and is also working together with her colleagues on their independent Philomel Music Academy.
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