Young pianists and Slava Spiridonov in the Kluskapelle

On May 27, 2018, students of Slava Spiridonov gave a concert together with their teacher in the Kluskapelle.

Ana Carbonell opened the concert with a waltz and a prelude by Frédéric Chopin. The only eight-year-old played with an ease and enthusiasm that could not be better suited to Chopin.

For Dan Blank and Liza Bondareva, the concert was a kind of dress rehearsal for their participation in the «Paleski Ahienchyk» competition in Belarus a few days later. Also for
Nina Gringolts, who plays piano and violin, the concert served as a preparation for a competition in Italy. She played a movement from J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor. Her sister Katya interpreted the song of Italian Marinari by Robert Schumann.

The Kruse brothers were another pair of siblings at the concert. For five-year-old Karl it was a great pleasure to perform Alfred Beginner’s Old MacDonald in duo with his brother Alexander. Alexander shone afterwards with Chopin’s Prélude op. 28 No. 20 in C minor – with a sound that would otherwise only be expected of adult pianists.

The line-up was concluded by Slava Spiridonov himself. He played Prélude, Fugue and Variations op. 18 by César Franck and two Préludes by Sergej Rachmaninoff (op. 3, No.2 and op. 23, No. 5) and – together with cellist Lev Sivkov – Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro for violoncello and piano (op.70).