St Bride's: Music - Senar Duo – violin and piano

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Senar Duo – violin and piano

Friday, 22 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Senar Duo – violin and piano

Julia Sinani – piano
Anya Ovsyanikova – violin

O Messiaen


C Debussy


Ian Venables

Three pieces




S Rachmaninov

Romance and Hungarian Dance

Julia Sinani (Mametyeva) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, and since moving to London is in demand both as a soloist and chamber musician, performing with the most promising young musicians of the UK and taking part in the most prestigious Academy concert schemes, festivals and music events. As a fellow of Vladimir Spivakov's Charitable Fund, Julia toured extensively in Europe and Russia, including taking part in a State programme 'Year of Italy in Russia and Russia in Italy' presenting Russian musical art in Verona and Florence. Julia is grateful to be supported by Help Musicians UK.

Anna Ovsyanikova is an alumna of Birmingham Conservatoire and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Anna established herself as a soloist while still in Birmingham, and her career blossomed in London. She regularly performs as a soloist and recitalist, as well as being in demand freelancing for orchestras like the BBC Concert Orchestra, LCO, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and many others. Anna has been praised by music critics and is currently negotiating the release of her debut CD with a record company.

Senar Duo, comprised of Anna Ovsyanikova on violin and Julia Sinani on piano, was named after Villa Senar, an estate built by Sergei Rachmaninov in Switzerland where two of his major compositions were written - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Third Symphony - and hosted many Russian immigrants including Ivan Bunin and Vladimir Horowitz. Anna and Julia started performing together in 2009 while students at the Royal Academy of Music in London. They always try to include pieces by Rachmaninov in their programmes, and are currently working on arrangements of his romances, originally written for voice and piano, to be played on violin and piano. Anna and Julia regularly appear at festivals and concerts across the UK, and have been a permanent feature of the 'Pushkin in Britain' Russian Poetry Festival held annually every June in London.