An evening with music by piano virtuosos often includes composer names such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy, but for KVAH’s piano evening in September, the Julia Sigova has chosen the Russian masters in the field. We get music by such piano music experts as Rachmaninov, Arensky, Medtner and Prokofiev, topped with parts of Tchaikovsky’s Years. An exciting evening with not-so-often played gems for the piano, in other words.
A. Arensky, Prelude Op.36
P. Tchajkovskij, from The Seasons Op. 37b
S. Rachmaninov, Morceaux de fantaisie Op.3
Elegy, Prelude, Melody, Polichinelli, Serenade
S. Rachmaninov / L .Evans, 3 songs from Op. 26, 21 och Op. 14
All Once I Gladly Owned, The Answer, Spring Waters
N. Medtner, Fairy tales (Skazki) Op. 26
Allegretto frescamente, Milton Vivace, Narrante e piacere
S. Prokofiev, Piano sonata Op. 1 No 1
About the artist
Since Julia’s debut with The Malmö Symphony Orchestra in 2010, she has become one of the leading female concert pianists in Scandinavia. She has been invited to perform at many prestigious festivals and venues worldwide including La Biennale in Venice, Societa dei Concerti in Milano,Satie Festival in Paris, Britt Music Festival in Medford, Båstad Chamber Music Festival and Music in Tagaborg in Sweden as well as St.Martin in the Fields in London, among others. Some of the many musicians and conductors with whom Julia has performed include Håkan Hardenberger, Mats Rondin and Marc Soustrot.
Her many awards and scholarships include Best Pianist in the Öresund region in 2008 and Best Female Classical Artist in Sweden by the Fredrika Bremmer Foundation in 2011.
In December 2018 Julia released her debut album “Russian Piano Music” (Classical Dal Vivo) featuring an innovative program of works for solo piano by Tchajkovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shchedrin.
Julia’s recordings are often broadcast on radio around the world. She also performed on Swedish TV in the very popular program “Kulturfrågan kontrapunkt”.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Julia showed an early musical talent, beginning to play piano at the age of 6. After finishing Glinka Music High School in Minsk she was invited to study at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden, completing her Soloist Diploma with prof. Hans Pålsson, and subsequently studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She continues her education as a soloist under the guidance of prof. Norma Fisher in London and prof. Konstantin Bogino in Italy where she was his assistant.
In addition to her performance career, Julia is deeply comitted to music education, and is the founder of the International Piano School “Sigova PianoForte” in Malmö, Sweden. She regularly appears as a member of the jury at the international competitions and gives master-classes across the world. She is organizer of the chamber music concert series ” Salon de Musique ” in Malmö and is also founder and artistic director of Malmö Piano Competition supported by Yamaha.