April 8, 2015
Wednesday 8th April 2015 – 6pm – STEINWAY HALL, LONDON
J.S.Bach English Suite No4 in F major
J.S.Bach Toccata in D minor BWV913
Rachmaninov Sonata No2 in B flat minor
Aizhana Nurkenova, PIANO – “Exhilarating” – International Piano Magazine
Kazakh-born pianist Aizhana Nurkenova is active in many concert venues around the world and currently resides in London. Her recent performances include solo recitals in the UK, Italy and Kazakhstan and chamber recital appearances at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Juilliard School in New York City. Since she was appointed Soloist of the Kazakh State Philharmonia in 2009, Aizhana’s concerts in her home country are in high demand and regularly broadcast on the national channels ’Kultura’ and ’Khabar’.
Aizhana was 12 years old when she made her debut appearance with the Kazakh National Symphony orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto. Winner of several national and international competitions, Aizhana studied with the legendary Trio di Trieste (Italy) and at the Royal Academy of Music (London) under the guidance of Professor Hamish Milne. Aizhana gained the top mark in her Final Piano Recital and received First Class Honours and Distinction in Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Academy, where she was later awarded the Hodgson Piano Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award, the Bolashak Presidential Scholarship, the Gilling Family Scholarship and the Winifred Christie Trust Award, amongst others.
Aizhana’s masterful technique and rich musicality were praised in a wide range of repertoire. Whilst noted for her interpretations of the classic romantic composers, her special interest lies in the music of J.S. Bach. After winning the Harriet Cohen and Harold Samuel J.S. Bach Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2009, Aizhana has vastly expanded her repertoire of Bach and often gives recitals dedicated solely to the works of the great composer.
Aizhana is also a talented composer. She was seven years old when her mother discovered her composing at the piano, which led Aizhana to give an outstanding audition at the Special School for Gifted Children in her hometown of Almaty. Aizhana’s works have been performed in the UK, Kazakhstan, Italy and Australia, recorded on CD and broadcast on radio and television.