Derby Chamber Music: Mishka Rushdie Momen

Derby Chamber Music: Mishka Rushdie Momen, Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, 4.12.15

Mishka Rushdie Momen’s CV tells us she studied with Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall, as well as with Alfred Brendel and Richard Goode, and with András Schiff at his summer classes in the Menuhin Festival at Gstaad – pianists’ pedigrees don’t come much more impressive than that.

The promise was more than amply borne out by her all-Chopin recital for Derby Chamber Music, beginning with a powerful account of the Second Ballade. She did justice to structural and emotional complexity of the four Mazurkas, Op 24, but these are as nothing compared to those of the Polonaise-Fantasy. Momen gave a spellbinding account of its expressive twists and turns, full of captivating details.

After the interval the two Nocturnes, Op 62, had the benefit of Momen’s singing tone, before an enthralling account of Chopin’s Sonata No 3. The performance left everyone in no doubt that we were in the presence of a major talent.

Mike Wheeler