Alena Baeva & Katia Skanavi - This charismatic violin and piano duo bring sense and sensuality to anything they tackle.
Alena Baeva - violin
Katia Skanavi - piano
Having collaborated with such heavyweight conductors as Gergiev, Järvi and Menuhin this duo have confidence and presence in spades, and with their gorgeous tonal palette and elegant discourse they bring sense and sensuality to anything they tackle. And being the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, their performance of the ‘Kreutzer’ Violin Sonata will be a real highlight of a programme which also includes a special Music Network commission for these extraordinary and charismatic artists.
Born in Russia to a musical family in 1985, Alena Baeva is a violinist, winner of the Grand-prix at the Second Moscow Paganini violin competition in 2004, the First Prize and nine Special Prizes at the XII International Henryk Wieniawski.
Russian pianist of Greek descent, Katia Skanavi started a concert career after being awarded the XXII Long-Thibaud Competition's 3rd prize at 18. In 1994 she won Athens' Maria Callas Grand Prize.
Albert Dietrich, Johannes Brahms & Robert Schumann F-A-E Sonata
Igor Stravinsky Duo Concertant (for Violin & Piano)
Music Network Commission
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’