Young classical pianist’s recital will enchant and inspire

PUBLISHED: 16:48 08 September 2011

Passionate Piano

Passionate Piano


Russian pianist Polina Gerasimenko plays an evening of Passionate Piano on Saturday, September 24 at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford.

Perfect for first-time classical concertgoers of any age, this family-friendly show will enchant and inspire.

Polina graduated with distinction from one of the country’s oldest music institutions, Saratov State Conservatoire of Music, and was taught by Professor Nathan Benditsky, a second generation musical descendant of Heinrich Neuhaus, Moscow Conservatoire’s renowned pedagogue.

Her awards include two prizes of the South Russia Chamber Music Competition and Diploma of the Moscow International Piano Competition “In memory of P.Tchaikovsky”.

Polina’s programme will include Schumann – Fantasiestucke Op.12; Ravel – Une Barque sur l’Ocean from Miroirs; Rachmaninoff – Elegie Op.3. His first published work, the composer wrote the five pieces of Opus 3, aged 19; the Prelude is his most recognised music, yet, the Elegie contains some intimate and rewarding delights.


Polina also plays Prokofiev – Sonata No.2 in D-minor, which was premiered in 1914 in Moscow with the composer performing.

The character of each movement progresses from a hesitant, sonata-allegro opening, followed by a biting scherzo with charming interlude, an intense lament forming the emotional high point of the work, and a rousing finish.

n Tickets are £8 from the box office on 01245 606505.

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