Wed 17 March
Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music
Katerina Nazarova - violin
Alison Rhind - piano
Mozart - Sonata in E minor, K. 304 Listen
ii Tempo di Menuetto
Strauss - Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18 Listen
i Allegro, ma non tripping
ii Improvisation - Andante cantabile
iii Finale - Andante, Allegro
Prokoviev arr. Heifetz - March from Love of Three Oranges Listen
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Born in Tasmania Katerina Nazarova began playing the violin and piano at a very early age, first learning from her mother and then from Barbara Jane Gilby. Her solo debut at age 11 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra was broadcast nationally on ABC Television. In 2012 she won Australia’s most prestigious music competition, the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Verbitsky. Subsequently she has gone on to make her debuts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing the Brahms violin concerto as well as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
As an active chamber musician Katerina has performed across Europe and Asia collaborating with such musicians as Julian Rachlin, Roman Simovic, Sasha Zemtsov, Olga Sitkovetsky, Andrew Marriner, Peter Manning and Tim Hugh. She has given concerts in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, LSO St Luke’s, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and in Italy, Germany and the Kennedy Center in the USA, where she was invited to lead a chamber orchestra working closely with conductor Lorin Maazel on Britten’s Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw.
Katerina has lead various orchestras and ensembles including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and also works regularly in the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, etc. She is currently Assistant Leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Katerina is a prizewinner in various competitions including the 2015 Royal Overseas League Music Competition, the Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy and won the RCM Concerto Competition. Whilst she was a student at the Royal College of Music she was selected to appear in the RCM Rising Stars series at Cadogan Hall, and has had master classes and lessons with Aaron Rosand, Glenn Dicterow, Zakhar Bron, Pierre Amoyal, György Pauk and Tibor Varga, among others.
Alison Rhind is recognised as one of the leading collaborative pianists specialising in the repertoire for piano and strings. Her ability to accompany was recognised and nurtured at an early age whilst still at Chetham’s School of Music and she became increasingly in demand throughout her time at Oxford University where she read Music at Wadham College. Chetham’s invited her back immediately she had finished her degree but she completed her studies with Edith Vogel at the Guildhall School of Music before returning there.
In 1994, she moved to the Yehudi Menuhin School where she worked for twelve years. She toured Israel and Germany with the students and was invited to accompany at the prestigious Kronberg Akademie after her recitals there with the school. During this period, she coached many young instrumentalists with whom she has since forged notable recital partnerships particularly the violinists Alina Ibragimova and Nicola Benedetti with whom she toured the USA and Japan. Other recital partners include Johannes Goritzki, Francois Rabbath, Rinat Ibragimov, Dora Schwarzberg, Leonid Gorokhov and Charlie Siem with whom she has performed in all the major concert halls. Due to increasing amounts of work outside of her job at the school, Alison left to become a freelance accompanist often working with students at the London colleges.
The Royal College of Music recognised her work and in 2009 created a post for her as Coach for the String Department which she combined with freelance recital work. Her work at the college also lead her being invited to Norway, Sweden and Singapore to give recitals and coach students and she has a collaborative relationship with many teachers who send their students to her specifically for duo coaching. She left RCM in 2018 and is now concentrating solely on recital work which will include concerts in Germany and Norway next year.
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