Virtuoso pianist to perform in Belper

Russian virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov is set to play a concert in Belper in September.

Producer George Gunby said: “Sergei is a world class pianist. He is a very exciting performer and the audience can expect something special.

“His concert is another sign that Belper is becoming a centre of art excellence.”

Recent concerts in the town have featured cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason, guitarist James Rippingale, sopranos Margaret Keys and Karen England plus ‘This Man’, an oratorio by Anne De Waal.

Sergei has been described by conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky as: “a magnificent pianist who possesses outstanding virtuosic skills combined with true musicality and a refined sense of style.”

Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto, he has toured throughout the world performing the major concert repertoire, new works and also fully improvised recitals.

Sergei has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, the Bolshoi Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, among others.

A concert at the Purcell Rooms for the BBC prompted Jeremy D Rowe of Wagner News to write: “The astonishing Russian virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov whose breathtaking readings of both Prokofiev and Chopin had the audience enthralled”.

For the Belper concert, which will be at the Strutts Centre on September 22, Sergei will include works by Chopin and Schumann along with a few surprises.

“I’m looking forward to the concert. People in Belper have been very welcoming,” said Sergei.

“It will be fun to play in a space as intimate as the Hall at Strutts.”

In 1990 Sergei was the first ever recipient of a Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Scholarship at the Royal College of Music and was also the youngest ever winner of the Edward Boyle Award in London.

In 1991 he performed and collaborated with Sir John Gielgud at Windsor Castle at the Queen Mother’s special invitation. Sergei is a graduate of The Moscow Central School of Music, The Tchaikovsky Conservatory and The Royal College of Music.

Tickets for the Belper concert are available from Oxfam Books, King Street, Belper and online and are priced at £15 for adults and £12 for Under 16s.