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Jurmala Festival. Ksenija Sidorova. Mozart and Piazzolla

Performances by: Ksenija Sidorova, accordion;
Spīķeri String Quartet (Marta Spārniņa, first violin; Antti Kortelainen, second violin; Ineta Abakuka, alto; Ēriks Kiršfelds, cello

Mozart - Adagio and Rondo K617
Sergey Akhunov Two keys to one Brodsky poem (Latvian premiere)
Dvořák - Bagatelles op. 47

Piazzolla - Five Tango Sensations (Asleep, Loving, Anxiety, Despair, Fear) The charismatic and popular accordionist Ksenija Sidorova is joined by the Spīķeri Quartet in an original and stylistically diverse concert program. From aching smiles to elegant and pure beauty in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Adagio and Rondo K617. Mozart playfully creates gorgeous instrument harmonies. It is followed by the Latvian premiere of Russian contemporary composer Sergey Akhunov's piece Two keys to one Brodsky poem. Having spent the first half of his career in rock and roll and electronic music genres, Akhunov is now focusing more on orchestra and instrumental music writing in a meditative, minimalist spirit. On the other hand, the Czech romantic Antonín Dvořák boasts his melodic skills and pays tribute to his light-hearted bohemian roots with Bagatelles. "This piece brings me so much joy, as if I were writing a symphony," the composer himself said about Bagatelles. The tango genius Astor Piazzolla will lead us through a palette of emotions of this southern dance in the Five Tango Sensations cycle - the roads of sleep, love, awakening, anxiety and fear. Ksenija Sidorova, crowned the "Accordion Princess", has become a global ambassador of her instrument, transcending the boundaries of genres with her skills and personal charm in front of audiences around the world. In 2016, Ksenija signed an exclusive deal with one of world's most prestigious record labels Deutsche Grammophon. Ksenija attended music school since the age of eight and her tutor was the legendary Marija Gasele. The desire to become more involved in the classical and contemporary repertoire led Ksenija to London, where she received a Master's degree with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Owen Murray. She is a recipient of many awards, including the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Maisie Lewis Award, and has become the first accordionist to receive the WCoM Prince's Prize. In May 2012, Ksenija received the international award of the Bryn Terfel foundation. Ksenija's collaborations include such composers as Karl Jenkins, Hans Abrahamsen, Stefano Gervasoni, Nirmali Fenn, Samantha Fernando, Carlos Duque, Elspeth Brooke, and Patrick Nunn. Ksenija has performed together with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, in London's Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), Bristol Colston Hall, debuted in the Lucerne Festival, Bergen Festival, Cēsis Arts Festival and other festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Italy.

The Spīķeri Quartet is a musical union that has been playing together unusually friendly and creatively since 2011. It is composed of the concertmaster of Sinfonietta Rīga Marta Spārniņa, her deputy Antti Kortelainen, orchestra alto Ineta Abakuka, and Liepāja Symphonic Orchestra cello group concertmaster Ēriks Kiršfelds. The Spīķeri Quartet is a company determined to offer beautiful concerts in beautiful locations. The name of the quartet stems from its main residence - the Spīķeri Concert Hall. The quartet's repertoire is varied and covers the period from Viennese classics to contemporary scores. String quartets by Latvian composers and their promotion in various ways is a special part of the repertoire. The quartet is an active member of the Amber Coast Artists association (www.ambercoastartists.lv), and welcomes collaboration with other musicians both for joint performances and other activities. They share not only love for music, but also a good sense of humour, joviality and... good cuisine.