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On Friday 23 June 2017 at 13:15
Elena ToponogovaPiano
Elisabeth TurmoViolin

Elena Toponogova is an emerging concert pianist from Siberia based in London. Her musicianship encompasses high intelligence with searching interpretation and wide emotional range. Elena recently received her Master of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were kindly supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation.

She previously graduated with distinction from the Academic Music College at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was a recipient of Elina Bystritzkaya scholarship. Elena also had a huge period of working privately with piano teacher and methodologist Olga Gvozdeva. She has worked with a number of prominent pianists and teachers including Dirk Mommertz, Grigory Gruzman, Carles Lama and Irina Chukovskaya.

Elena has taken part in many international festivals including the Bloomsbury Festival and the Liszt Piano Festival in London. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Germany, Russia and appeared in many prestigious concert halls such as the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Amaryllis Fleming Hall, London.

Elisabeth Turmo (b.1993) is a Norwegian violinist currently living in London, studying at the Royal College of Music, where she is taking a Master of Performance degree. She is known for her stage presence and singing tone quality as well as conveying the stormful temperament of a Northern Norwegian. "She appears as a born soloist" - Jostein Pedersen.

Elisabeth recently appeared as a soloist with the Arctic Philharmonic, under the direction of conductor Christian Lindberg. She performed solo with and led the Oslo Chamber Orchestra in 2014. She has also appeared as a soloist in the Norwegian Opera House with the Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Elisabeth played Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Toppen International Festival Orchestra under the direction of conductor Nicholas Carthy, and her trio received first prize in the National Norwegian Youth Competition in Oslo.

Elisabeth has also recently performed in venues such as Dulwich Picture Gallery and St. Mary Abbots in London. She also plays the Norwegian national instrument, the Harding Fiddle, and has studied with Arne Viken. She completed her Bachelor studies at Barratt Due Institute of Music with Professor Detlef Hahn. Elisabeth started learning the violin when she was seven years old with Trond Wika. At the age of twelve, she became one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Young Talents Program at the conservatory in Trondheim where she studied with Professor Bjarne Fiskum.

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