Demidenko bringing Bach to Kelso

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FOLLOWING the “remarkable” performance of Victoria Simmonds, Kelso Music Society hosts one of the world’s leading pianists on Friday, March 4.

Russian born and educated, Nikolai Demidenko was a finalist in the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow which launched his career on the international stage.

He toured to the west in 1985 with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and settled in the UK in 1990, being granted British citizenship in 1995. He is living in Madrid.

Peter Podmore of the music society said: “Technically, Demidenko is quite brilliant with very agile fingers that combine with a firmness and clarity of musical vision.

“He specialises in Chopin, Liszt and Medtner but his playing of Bach and Scarlatti have been equally well received.

“There is a beautiful series of films on YouTube in which he is playing some of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, and in the concert at Kelso he will be playing Bach’s lively and tremendously entertaining Italian Concerto, with his famous organ fantasy and fugue in C minor arranged by Liszt, and some variations by Liszt on a theme by Bach: Weinen, Klagen.

“In the first half he will be playing two fairly early works by Robert Schumann, Carnaval and the mouth-muddling but exciting Faschingschwank aus Wien.

“These are all works that will show this great artist’s abilities to their very best and with our Steinway piano newly refurbished this promises to be a really outstanding evening of music.”

The concert, in the high school, begins at 7.30pm, with tickets priced at £12 (concessions £10, £3).