Milena Simovic and Vitaly Pisarenko
17 September 2020
12:00 - 13:00
Milena Simovic – viola
Vitaly Pisarenko – piano
Schubert ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata in A minor, D821
Brahms Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No.1
Serbian Milena Simovic is equally at home as a violinist or violist. She studied violin with professor Maja Jokanovic and Krzysztof Smietana, and received her Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from the Belgrade University of Arts and Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After this Milena continued her further studies with viola and has completed another Masters degree at the Zurich University of Arts under Lawrence Power.
Milena enjoys an international career of concerto, recital and chamber music performances in Europe, Asia and America. The 2019/2020 season took her to the Trans-Siberian Art Festival for a series of concerts and she appeared as a soloist in the 2019/2020 season in Italy, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Portugal and through the countries of former Yugoslavia, performing alongside some of the most established artists of today’s music scene. Milena is resident viola and a chamber music coach at the annual Culture Festival in Santulussurgiu, Sardinia.
In 2017 Milena acted as a principal viola of the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra, and has been a recording artist of Nigel Kennedy 2015-2017. In May 2018 she premiered Berlioz’s ‘Harold’ in Belgrade with Serbian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was broadcast live across the country. She premiered Fariouz’s concerto for viola, tenor and chamber choir in Northern Ireland in April 2019, based on the verses of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Anything Can Happen’. It was recorded for Signum Records and is due to be released in 2020.
Milena plays a Giovanni Battista Rogeri violin ca.1680 and a Paolo Antonio Testore viola from 1740.
Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko had his first public recital at the age of 6. He won First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht in 2008 and commenced a packed tour schedule of worldwide engagements the morning after the finals with an appearance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Damian Iorio. In 2015 he won third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Vitaly started his training at music schools in Kiev, then studied at the Central Music School in Moscow with Professor Yuri Slesarev (1999-2005) and State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2005-2010, and postgraduate 2010-2013). From 2005-2009 he studied a postacademic course at Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory, as a pupil of Aquiles Delle Vigne, and from 2009-2012 Vitaly was a student of Oxana Yablonskaya at her Piano Institute in Italy.
In 2014 Vitaly completed his Master’s degree with distinction at the RCM, where he studied with Professor Dmitri Alexeev, and an Artist Diploma degree in 2015. He is currently a Doctoral course student as an Emma Rose Memorial Scholar and a Bob Wigley and Helmut Schuster Scholar. He also took lessons with Professor Boris Petrushansky at the Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Italy.
Vitaly has performed in more than 25 countries including appearances throughout Europe and in South America, Asia, Israel, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and the United States. He has performed recitals in Wigmore Hall, St. James Piccadilly, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall with the London Mozart Players, St Martin in the Fields, Parliament Chambers and for the Chopin Society, and appeared in the BMS York, Champs Hill, Erin Arts Centre (Isle of Man), Manchester (with the soloists of Manchester Camerata) and Hatchlands.
From 2012 Vitaly has been generously supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust.
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