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Aleksei Demchenko (piano) and Krzysztof Moskalewicz (piano)

Monday March 19, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. 12 Études Op 25 - Fryderyk Chopin
    • Étude No 10 in B minor
    • Étude No 11 in A minor, 'Winter wind'
    • Étude No 12 in C minor, 'Ocean'
  2. Piano Sonata No 1 Op 12 - Dmitry Shostakovich
  3. 20 Mazurkas Op 50 - Karol Szymanowski
    • Mazurka No 1: Sostenuto; Molto rubato
    • Mazurka No 4: Allegramente, risoluto
  4. Valses nobles et sentimentales - Maurice Ravel
  5. Études-tableau No 6 in A minor, from Études-tableaux Op 39 - Sergey Rachmaninov

Aleksei Demchenko is currently a first year student on Master of Performance degree at Royal College of Music. Aleksei was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan (USSR), where he started playing the piano at the age of six. In 1998 he moved to Kaliningrad, where he studied for six years at the Shostakovich Music School under the tutelage of Sadovskaya Olga. She was the person who noticed potential of a young boy and immediately started to prepare him for the first piano competition in his life. There Aleksei took 2nd prize. Whilst preparing he met Vladimmir Slobodyan, Honored Artist of Russia, who has had major influence on Aleksei’s artistic life and became his mentor.

In 2004 Aleksei has graduated from Shostakovich Musick School and continued his education at the Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, where he began his studies under Slobodyan’s guidence. During these 4 years he did his first serious steps in music career participating in both local and international festivals and competitions such as 1st Bluthner competition in Kaliningrad, Russia (3rd prize) and ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ in Kaunas, Lithuania (1st prize). In 2005 Aleksei has been acknowledged as a very talented and upcoming musician and has been honored a grant for his outstanding achievements in by local government.

At the end of 2007 after graduating with honors from Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, Aleksei has decided to enroll into one of the most prestigious universities- Moscow State Conservatory. Throughout the whole experience he had encouragement and support from Vladimir Slobodyan.

For the next five years in Moscow Aleksei’s tutor at the conservatory was Irina Osipova, Honored Artist of Russia.

During his studies in Moscow, Aleksei had an honor to meet and to play on master classes of famous musicians such as, Boris Bloch, Anne Oland, Dmitry Bashkirov, and Dina Yoffe. All of them said at once that Aleksei is a very talented musician with a bright future ahead of him.

In 2016 he became an artist of Talent Unlimited trust.

At the present, Aleksei is a student of well-known piano professor of the world - Dmitri Alexeev.

International engagement includes several appearances on festivals in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, England. Aleksei worked also as an accompanist with such well known sopranos as Alina Yarovaya, Svetlana Kasyan, Galina Averina. He performed concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov several times with Kaliningrad’s Symphonic Orchestra.

In 2012 Aleksei Demchenko became a scholar of LSR Group and it’s general director Andrei Molchanov, who is still providing him support and every help for his future career.?

Polish pianist Krzysztof Moskalewicz was born in Warsaw in 1991. He started his musical education at the age of seven. During his studies in Poland with Renata Lasocka and Joanna Kurpiowska, he won prizes in major national piano competitions for young pianists and performed in many significant concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra. He also received a Sinfonia Varsovia scholarship. In 2011 he moved to London to further develop his piano skills. Having completed his undergraduate studies with first class honours, he is now doing the master’s course in performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Ronan O'Hora.

His achievements include third prize during International Brant Piano competition 2013 in Birmingham and second prize during Christopher Duke international piano recital competition 2014 in London. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious venues in UK including Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Milton Court Concert Hall, as well as in Poland, Germany, France, Portugal, Japan and United States. Most recently he was invited to perform both solo and chamber music at The 17th Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander.

Krzysztof took part in many international music festivals and piano courses worldwide. Most recently he received a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado. He also gained musical experience during International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove with Maestro Thomas Adès and at the Hellensmusic Festival with Christian Blackshaw.

He often performs in piano masterclasses with highly distinguished musicians including Richard Goode, Angela Hewitt, Janina Fialkowska, Jonathan Biss, Kevin Kenner and Anne Queffélec.

Krzysztof was awarded the Derek Butler Award from Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the James Gibb Award Scholarship. He was also supported by Guildhall School Trust and is grateful to his supporters for help towards his postgraduate studies.

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