The third in a series of four charity concerts promoted by Pyramid Gallery following the history of classical piano with Russian born pianist, composer and musical director Nika Shirocorad. Nika will play works by Schubert and Chopin plus an excerpt from her musical ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Tickets are free in advance from Pyramid Gallery, but donations are invited during the evening for the concert and also for the wine and soft drinks. Finger food will be provided. This ticket is worth £20, but we prefer to give them away and let the concert goer decide how much to give
‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Nika, is a musical that has been created for students of her the Nika Musical Theatre Academy that has to date involved something like 90 young musicians and dancers. Please CLICK HERE to see short videos of a recent productions. Monies raised from this concert will go to Nika Young Talents Foundation, a charity that has been set up to award scholarships to talented young people who would otherwise not be able to afford to pay for the opportunity to learn classical music and dance.
Thank everyone who will be helping at this event……
Nika Shirocorad is playing for no fee
The National Centre for Early Music is offering the building, staff and the piano at their special rate for charity events
Pyramid Gallery is paying for the venue
Volunteers (about 10 people in all) are giving their time to prepare food and help serve it
Geoff Walker is providing wine at close to cost price
Nika Shirocorad was born in St. Petersburg in 1979 into a family of well-known graphic artists and painters. Preoccupied with both art and music from a very ealry age, she took part in the First International Art Exhibition for Children in Moscow at the age of 5, and at the age of 6 received the Diploma for Children’s Musical Compositions from the Union of Composers in Moldova.
At the age of 16, Nika Shirocorad won the Yevgeny Koku International Piano Competition in Chiinau, Moldova and the Soleartinsky International Piano Competition in Minsk, Belarus. In 1996 she took part in international master classes in Poland, Romania, Moldova, Georgia and Russia and in 1997 gained second place in the Ukraine International Piano Competition, Kiev.
From 1997 she continued her musical studies, first in piano and later in composition, at the National Conservatory inMoldova, graduating in 2002. During the same period she also studied graphics at the Suricov Institute in Moscow. In 2004-5 she was Scholarin Residence at the University of Huddersfield,where she performed the Constant Lambert Concerto in December 2004 and in February 2005 gave a recital of major contemporary British works for solo piano by James Dillon (The Book of Elements Volumes I and II) and Michael Finnissy (English Country-Tunes).
During 2005 she studied piano with Jacques Rouvier in Paris and in the same year gained the Myra Hess Trust Award and RNCM Main Entrance Award to study at the RNCM in Manchester. And in February 2006, she won the Chevillion-Bonnaud Prize at the Orleans International Piano Competition. Since 1995, Nika has performed as a soloist in numerous international festivals, her repertoire drawn from Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods through to the present day. She has played concertos by Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Skryabin with various professional orchestras in Eastern Europe. In May 2003 she gave master classes in Odessa Conservatory, Ukraine and in November 2003 gave a debut recital in the UK at the University of Huddersfield.
In 2003 she performed at the Bacau Contemporary Music Days and in 2004 at the Bucharest International New Music Week, both concerts recorded Romanian Radio. In April 2005 she appeared as soloist in the festival Two Days and Two Nights of New Music in Odessa, Ukraine. Forthcoming engagements include a debut recital in Tokyo Nikkei Hall in April 2006 and a recital at the Bridgewater Hall 2006-7 season of Manchester Midday Concerts.
Equally active as an artist specialising in batik and ceramics, her work features in public exhibitions and is present in many private collections. Music frequently provides the inspiration for her art works, and some of her recent exhibitions have been accompanied by musical performances, including her own compositions
In 2015 Nika graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with a PhD and has since been engaged in composing a musical based on Alice in Wonderland which will be performed both in London in June 2016 by a cast comprising young musicians, singers, herself and trombonist Barrie Webb, with whom she has collaborated on many occasions.
watch a video of Nika playing at the York NCEM in 2014