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Nazrin Rashidova (violin) and Daniel Grimwood (piano) play Jongen and Paul Lewis

Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for violin and piano No 1 Op 27 - Joseph Jongen
  2. Three Valentines - Paul Lewis

Azerbaijani-born British violin virtuoso, soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral director, Nazrin Rashidova made her solo début at the age of three in Baku and was awarded a gold medal by the Cairo Opera House for an exceptional violin recital three years later. Establishing FeMusa in 2008, Britain’s first female chamber orchestra in sixty years, is merely the latest in a series of achievements.

She entered the Royal Academy of Music in London at the age of fifteen, where she had the privilege to play on a rare collection of violins by Antonio Stradivari. She studied with professors Erich Gruenberg, Felix Andrievsky and Lydia Mordkovitch. A prizewinner in several international competitions, she has appeared on international television and radio, played for royalty and other dignitaries, and has also performed in the United States, Japan, Europe and the Middle East.

Rashidova’s two recordings for Naxos—Godowsky’s music for violin and piano (8.573058), released in 2013—and Moszkowski’s violin and piano works (8.573410), were acclaimed by The Strad and Gramophone magazines. Her fourth album Carnival was released in 2016 on First Hand Records, featuring popular classical works, arranged for the violin and guitar. It was recently acclaimed by the Strad, Fanfare and Classical Guitar magazines. This followed the duo’s first collaborative album, entitled Dreams which comprises a selection of Azerbaijani song classics by Tofig Guliyev, newly arranged for the violin and guitar.

Nazrin is pursuing a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, where her research explores Emile Sauret and a first recording of his 24 Etudes Caprices. The first volume was released on Naxos in June 2017 and recently featured on BBC Radio 3.

Pianist Daniel Grimwood is a performer of international renown, combining an exceptional talent, rare versatility and refinement, with an inquisitive personality.

With a repertoire ranging from Elizabethan Virginal music to the works of living composers, he enjoys a solo and chamber career, which has taken him across the globe, performing on the most prestigious concert platforms, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room in London, Saffron Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Sage Gateshead, the Three Choirs Festival, the Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow, the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as venues in Germany, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman.

As a solo recording artist his growing discography ranges from Scriabin on Somm Recordings to Algernon Ashton, a world premiere recording on Toccata Classics. His discs of Liszt and Chopin, performed on an 1851 Erard piano, received a unanimous chorus of praise from the press; the Liszt album was Daily Telegraph CD of the week and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. He was the first artist to record on the Edition Peters Sounds label, the complete Fauré Nocturnes album was released to excellent reception in The Sunday Times, which was followed by a disc of solo piano works by Adolph von Henselt, described as “a blizzard of dazzling pianism” by the Observer.

Daniel Grimwood regularly performs on live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and has been featured in BBC Four’s TV documentary series “Revolution and Romance”. His media work continues with performances and video masterclasses in the “Piano Masterworks” collection on Tido Music, a new iPad app launched in 2016.

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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