Katya Apekisheva (piano) and Pavel Fisher (violin) will give four concerts at Os Agostos, an 18th century country estate near Santa Bárbara de Nêxe, during June.
The first, a matinée, will be on Wednesday, June 23 starting at 11am when Katya and Pavel will play music by Schubert and Franck. The evening performance starts at 7pm and the duo will repeat the morning’s programme with the addition of a piece by Fratres.
The second concert programme will be on Friday, June 25 and the matinée programme will consist of compositions by Handel, Dvořák, Fischer, Janáček, Kreisler and Gershwin. The evening concert will consist of the same compositions as in the morning plus an additional piece by Janáček.
“These will be the closing concerts for what has been a very difficult musical year but one in which the Amigos still brought great music to the Algarve!” said organisers Amigos de Música.
About the musicians
Katya Apekisheva was born into a musical family in Moscow. She initially studied at the Gnessin Music School in Moscow for exceptionally gifted children. At the age of 12, she performed Mozart’s Concerto No.17.
Katya was a prize winner in the Leeds International and Scottish Piano Competitions and was once the London Philharmonic “Soloist of the Year”. She continued her studies at the Rubin Music Academy in Jerusalem where she won an American-Israel Foundation scholarship.
She then moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music where she was the recipient of the President’s Rose Bowl presented to her by HRH the Prince of Wales to whom she has performed on several subsequent occasions.
As a recording artist, Katya has received considerable acclaim for her interpretations. She has collaborated with violinist Jack Liebeck including a Classical Brit winning CD of works by Dvorak. She has performed with many orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Katya is Co-Artistic Director of the London Piano Festival and is a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Pavel Fischer was born in Zlín in the Czech Republic. His father, Eduard Fischer, is a well-known composer and conductor. Pavel studied both at the Prague’s Conservatoire and at the Academy of Performing arts. In 1988, together with pianist Ivo Jančik. Pavel won the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani, Italy.
Since 2007, Pavel has been gaining recognition as a composer. “Morava”, his first string quartet, was premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2008. In 2016, the premiere of his First Violin Concerto was held and, in 2018, his “Tales from Morava” were performed by the Pavel Haas String Quartet in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.
Amigos de Música is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organisation and has been running for 30 years.
For the matinée, doors will open at 10am and the concert will begin at 11am. Coffee and biscuits will be available for self-service. For the evening performance, doors will open at 6pm and the concert beginning at 7pm. Wine, fruit juices and canapés will be available for self-service.
Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members, payable in advance by bank transfer (see website).
For concert bookings, email [email protected]
For general information about the Amigos de Música including concert programmes, bookings, safety measures for Covid-19 and driving instructions to Os Agostos, visit www.amigos-de-musica.org
For membership enquiries, contact Helga Hampton, Amigos’ President at [email protected]