St Bride's: Music - The Lucent Duo

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

The Lucent Duo

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

The Lucent DuoThe Lucent Duo

Elisabeth Turmo – violin
Elena Toponogova – piano

R Schumann

Sonata for violin and piano no. 1 in A minor op. 105

1. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck

2. Allegretto

3. Lebhaft

N Medtner

Sonata for violin and piano no. 1 in B minor op. 21

1. Canzona

2. Danza

3. Ditirambo

N Rimsky-Korsakov (transcription by Fritz Kreisler)

Danse orientale (from Scheherezade)

Elena Toponogova is a concert pianist from Siberia based in London. Her main interest is Russian repertoire and especially music by Nikolai Medtner. Elena recently received her Master of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were kindly supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation. She previously graduated with distinction from the Academic Music College at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was a recipient of Elina Bystritzkaya scholarship.

Elena has taken part in many international festivals including Bloomsbury Festival in London. She has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Germany, Russia and has appeared in many prestigious concert halls such as Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Amaryllis Fleming Hall, London. In 2016 together with Norwegian violinist Elisabeth Turmo Elena formed The Lucent Duo and since then they work regularly in Norway and have successfully performed in many venues across the UK. The duo's debut CD will be released in 2020.

Elisabeth Turmo is a Norwegian violinist. She recently graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, where she took a Master in Performance. She is known for her stage presence and 'singing' tone quality as well as conveying the stormful temperament of a Northern Norwegian. Elisabeth has appeared as a soloist with the Arctic Philharmonic, under the direction of conductor Christian Lindberg. She performed solo with and led the Oslo Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Elisabeth also plays a Norwegian National Instrument, the Harding Fiddle, and was studying with Arne Viken.

She completed her Bachelor studies at Barratt Due Institute of Music with professor Detlef Hahn. As a soloist she has played in festivals such as Nordland Music Festweek in Bodø, Kon Tiki Music Festival in Oslo, Blåfrost festivalen in Rognan, Stift festival in Holland, Astona International Music Festival in Switzerland, Toppen International Music Festival, Valdres Music Festival, Grieg in Bergen and Oseana Music Festival. She has played in masterclasses with world-renowned artists including Ivry Gitlis, Dora Schwartsberg, Kyoko Takezawa, Isabelle van Keulen, Daniel Rowland, Henning Kraggeud, David Früwirth, Hugo Ticciati, Robert Rozek, Almita and Roland Vamous.

Elisabeth is playing on a Jacob von der Lippe violin, 2009, kindly on loan from Helgeland Sparebank`s instrument foundation.

The Lucent Duo was founded in 2016 at the Royal College of Music, London, where Elisabeth Turmo and Elena Toponogova have worked with Norma Fisher, Detlef Hahn and John Blakely. Elisabeth and Elena regularly perform in the UK and Norway and have already played in many venues across London including Charlton House, V&A Museum, Amaryllis Fleming Hall, Regent Hall and many others. The Duo also appeared at the Second Medtner International Festival in London and the Timani Music Festival in Oslo. In 2017 Elisabeth and Elena made a debut at the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum University, Salzburg and had a tour in Norway including a recital at Stormen House, Bodo, where they performed music by Norwegian and Russian composers. The Lucent Duo is proud to be with Live Music Now and bring music to hospitals and care settings across the UK. The Duo will release its debut CD with KNS Classical Label in 2020.