Concert. programme:

Sonata no 5 in F, op 24 “Spring” Beethoven

. Allegro

Hungarian Dance no 5. Brahms

Liebesleid (Love’s sorrow). Kreisler

Schoen Rosmarin (Fair Rosemary)

Vocalise , op 34, no 14. Rachmaninov

Humoresque, op 101, no 7. Dvorak

Meditation (Thais). Massenet

Czardas. Monti

Biography: Daria Kovtunova

A native of Russia, Daria Kovtunova began studying violin at age six. She latter trained with Michael Mindlin and Edward Gavrilenkov at the Saratov State Conservatory of Music where she received numerous competition awards and was selected as the principle of the Saratov Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. She also was a favourite performer on the conservatory’s festivals of contemporary music. Upon graduation Mrs. Kovtunova joined the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India, where she also was a member of several touring chamber ensembles. From 2010 to 2013 she was engaged as a violinist by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra of China. She has performed under the batons of internationally renowned conductors including Adrian Leaper, Eugenie Bushkov, Johannes Wildner, Muhai Tang and Vladimir Spivakov and has toured in Germany, Thailand, Kazakhstan, China and the UK. In 2014 she joined City Chamber orchestra of Hong Kong as a core player, one of Asia’s major chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic arts entities. The orchestra has recently collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists, including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyd Webber, Lise de la Salle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also forged exciting partnerships with celebrities such as Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Katherine Jenkins, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Lam, Hacken Lee and Robin Gibb. Mrs.Daria is currently playing and teaching in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Biography Robin Zebaida (Steinway Artist)

Described after a Liszt recital as ‘a pianist of Herculean stamina’, Robin Zebaida enjoys a performing career that has frequently taken him around the world. Highlights of recent seasons have included visits to USA, Canada — where he collaborated with the Orchestre Métropolitainunder Yannick Nézet-Séguin — Central America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, where his Sydney recital was reported as achieving ‘a warmth and empathy with the audience rarely seen’. At home in London he has performed at several venues including St John’s Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Away from the concert platform, Robin Zebaida’sbroadcasting experience includes studio recordings and live appearances on radio and television for several national and foreign networks. As a Steinway Artist he was specially chosen to demonstrate the qualities of the ‘Rolls Royce of the piano world’ in an interview for the BBC World Service to mark the publication of a new history of Steinway pianos. Robin Zebaida was born and educated in London, England, later winning an Exhibition to read music at New College, Oxford, from where he graduated with maximum distinction in performance. He completed his formal studies with a postgraduate year at the Royal College of Music.

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