Katya Apekisheva (piano) and Pavel Fischer (violin)
Katya Apekisheva (piano) and Pavel Fischer (violin)

London-based musicians to perform in Algarve

Katya Apekisheva (piano) and Pavel Fischer (violin) will come from London to open the Amigos de Música 2022-23 season with two concerts, on September 20 and 22, at Os Agostos country estate, near Santa Bárbara de Nexe.

 On September 20, the artists will play works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Chopin and Smetana, while on September 22 they will play works by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Arvo Paert, Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin. And as a very special offering to the Amigos, Katya will delight her audience with a piano solo piece she played just recently in Wigmore Hall, London.

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 Academy of Music in Jerusalem where she won an America-Israel Foundation scholarship.

Katya 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 been asked to perform on several subsequent occasions. 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 is from 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.

Doors will open at 6pm, canapes and refreshments will be served, and concerts will start at 7pm.

The Amigos de Música is an international group of around 120 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organisation celebrating its 31st anniversary this year.

For concert bookings, email [email protected]

Entry donation is €30 per person for guests and non-members payable in advance by bank transfer (see website below).

 For membership enquiries, contact Helga Hampton, Amigos President, at [email protected]