May 12 2015 19:45 - 22:45


Chance For Life and internationally acclaimed pianist Alexander Ardakov combined forcesto raise funds for our long-standing friends and collaborators from charitable foundation in Moscow Maria's Children.

This year Maria and her team will come to London, and then to Stratford upon Avon, with the group of children from Moscow orphanages. Some of these children haven't got a chance to travel till recently. Due to their disabilities they hardly ever left the walls of their orphanages. Thanks to the efforts of Maria's team they now attend the Art Rehabilitation Centre regularly and even master themselves on the Shakespearean play so that they can present it during the bard's festival in Stratford Upon Avon this year.

Chance for Life is aiming to support the trip once again this year as we have done in the previous years. We hope to raise sufficient funds to make it possible for children to stay in London for several days and we will be in charge of organizing an entertaining program for them as well.

Alexander Ardakov has chosen for this charitable concert a very special date to celebrate: the 175th anniversary of the most famous composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It takes place in May 2015. The program will include favorite piano pieces of this beloved composer, as well as two other Russian composers of the 19th century, Mikhail Glinka and Modest Mussorgsky.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romance, Op.5

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.19 No.4
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Méditation, Op.72 No.5
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata in G, Op.37
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Nocturne in E flat
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Variations in E flat on a theme of Mozart
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Barcarolle in G
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Valse-fantasie in B minor
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: The Lark arr. Balakirev for piano
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Alexander Ardakov's audiences are swept up in the sensitivity, intensity and passion of his playing.

The move to Britain and to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he has taught since 1991, have helped him develop as an international recitalist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity.

Among his notable radio recordings are those for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He feels at home not only with the Russian classics but also with composers of the romantic period such as Chopin, Liszt and Schumann.

His extensive discography includes Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall


Alexander Ardakov piano

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