AND LUKA OKROS
Wednesday 7 October - Stratford Play house
Ticket Price: £20.00 (students £5)
Born into a family of musicians, Anastasia received her first cello lessons at the age of four at her home in Ekaterinburg, the capital of Ural part of Russia. Following the completion of her studies at the Central Music school in Moscow she was invited to study at the famous Kronberg Academy in Germany with Frans Helmerson. She continued her studies at the University of Arts in Berlin in the class of Professor Jens Peter Maintz.
Anastasia debuted with an orchestra at the age of six and since that time has had the opportunity to perform with many renowned orchestras, such as Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, and many others - under guidance of Krzysztov Penderecki, Heinrich Schiff, Vladimir Spivakov and Valery Gergiev.
In 2018 she became a BBC New Generation Artist (NGA) and was also awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann at the Swiss Winter Music Festival “Sommets musicaux de Gstaad”, a reward that comprises a recording with orchestra for the Swiss recording label Claves (released in April 2019).
In 2015 Anastasia won the prestigious TONALi Competition in Hamburg and was given the opportunity to borrow a beautiful violoncello by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini which dates back to 1743.
"Kobekina is a player with huge potential and almost overwhelming sincerity". The Strad
"...unrivaled musician". Le Figaro
Luka Okros was born in 1991 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He made his national debut at the age of 5, before studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and later at the Royal College of Music in London. On graduating, he won the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition in 2014.
His competition successes include the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Valencia Iturbi Prize International Competition, Hannover Chopin International Piano Competition, Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition and FAZ Audience Award 2019 at the International German Piano Award.
He made his USA debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 18, and by the age of 25 he had performed in over 30 countries. In the last concert season, he has given solo recitals in Oslo, Vienna, Brussels, Helsinki, Budapest, Reykjavík, Tbilisi, Kiev, Berlin, Paris, Berlin, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Montevideo, culminating in a sell-out concert on London’s Southbank in July 2019.
His performance has been praised by The Guardian's Observer as “An impressive display of virtuosic pianism”. Spanish newspaper Levante described him as “An Artist of the Sound”.
Highlights of the 2020/2021 season include performances in, Finland, France, Iceland, Georgia, Germany, Hong-Kong, Hungary, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom.
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Patron: Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford • President: John Lill CBE
The venues for all our concerts are: Stratford Play House and Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall
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