St Bride's: Music - Elena Toponogova - piano, Anna Ovsyanikova - violin

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Elena Toponogova - piano, Anna Ovsyanikova - violin

Tuesday, 3 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Elena Toponogova - piano, Anna Ovsyanikova - violinElena Toponogova - piano, Anna Ovsyanikova - violin

J S Bach

from The Well-Tempered Clavier

Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor

N Medtner

Nocturne for violin and piano no. 1, op. 16

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

1. Canzona

2. Danza

3. Ditirambo

Édouard Lalo

from Symphonie Espagnole

2. Scherzando: Allegro molto

Elena Toponogova is a London-based concert pianist. Her main interest is Russian repertoire and especially music by Nikolai Medtner. In 2017 Elena received a Master of Performance (MPerf) degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were generously supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation. In 2019 she was selected to study at the prestigious Academie de Musique Riviera in Switzerland with Pavel Gililov and was supported by Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund grant.

Elena has taken part in many international festivals including the Bloomsbury Festival in London and Timani Music Festival in Oslo. She has performed as a soloist and chamber artist in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Russia, and has appeared at the prestigious Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Salzburg Wiener Saal, Amaryllis Fleming Hall, V&A Museum and St Martin-in-the Fields.

In 2017 with the support of Oleg Prokofiev Trust she performed Prokofiev's Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova at the Regent Hall together with soprano Eleanor Penfold. The concert was described as 'an inspiring performance' and 'mesmerising' by Musical Opinion Magazine. Elena is also a guest artist at the International Chamber Music Series 'Chamber Music Box' in London and has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as cellist Pierre Doumenge and violinist Evgenia Epstein. Elena is proud to be part of Live Music Now initiative, bringing live music to care settings and hospitals across the UK.

Anna Ovsyanikova is a classical violinist regularly performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. As a recitalist and chamber musician she has performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Russian Embassy (UK), Birmingham Symphony and Birmingham Town Hall. Anna has established a reputation as a soloist, having won several concerto competitions in the UK and performing concertos with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic in Romania.

Anna completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated from the Master's programme with distinction and DipRAM - the highest possible award. She is also an alumna of Birmingham Conservatoire and Rimsky-Korsakov Pre Conservatory of Music in St Petersburg, Russia.

Anna has led orchestras conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons and Martyn Brabbins and was the leader of all Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy Symphony orchestras as well as CBSO Youth, Cheltenham Festival Orchestra, YMSO and Bombay Chamber Orchestra (LPO Future Firsts trip to India). She has also co-led orchestras under Semyon Bychkov, Leif Segerstam and accompanied instrumental soloists including Mitsuko Uchida, Martha Argerich and Natalia Gutman.

As a member of London Contemporary Orchestra she recorded tracks and performed with artists including Beck, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Goldfrapp, Donovan, Jimmy Page and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. At the Royal Opera House Anna had a privilege to work with such opera singers as Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanča, Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko and Ludovic Tézier.

Elena Toponogova is a Russian concert pianist and chamber musician based in London. Her main interest is Russian repertoire with an especial focus on the music of Nikolai Medtner. Elena has performed in many venues across Europe including the Wiener Saal Salzburg, V&A Museum, St Martin-in-the Fields, St James's Piccadilly, Stormen House Norway, Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.

Anna Ovsyanikova has established a reputation as a soloist, having won several international competitions and performing concertos with Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philharmonic in Romania amongst many others. As a recitalist and chamber musician she has performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room, Embassy of Russia in the UK, Birmingham Symphony and Birmingham Town Hall.