St Peter's Church , St Peters Street, St. Albans. AL1 3HG
HAYDN Symphony No. 44 (Trauer)
FRANK BRIDGE Suite for Strings
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12 K414
Alissa Firsova (piano)
Admission £12 (£9 students, seniors, unemployed; £3 accompanied schoolchildren)
Tickets at the door, or in advance from St Albans Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 01727 864511)
Alissa Firsova is a British-Russian composer, pianist and conductor. After winning the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer competition in 2001, she received numerous commissions including a Bach transcription for the 2010 Proms festival, which was performed by Andrew Litton and RPO live on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3. Her music was also performed and toured by Imogen Cooper, Henning Kraggerud, Dante Quartet, Netherlands Blazer Ensemble, Seattle Chamber Players, Philharmonia Soloists, Northwest Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. She was recently invited to the Verbier Festival as a composer-in-residence and future commissions include an orchestral piece for Bergen Philharmonic.
As a pianist Alissa gave her Wigmore Hall and Proms debuts in 2009 and has appeared in Dartington, Cheltenham, Presteigne, Messiaen at Southbank, Fuerstensaal Classix and Seattle festivals. She has enjoyed collaborations with distinguished artists such as Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Isserlis and the Dante Quartet.
Alissa recently completed the postgraduate conducting course at Royal Academy of Music under Colin Metters where she also had the opportunity to work with Martyn Brabbins, Jac van Steen and Mark Shanahan. She founded her own Meladina Ensemble in 2010 for the 60th Birthday celebration of her mother Elena Firsova's music. In January 2012 she expanded this into the Meladina Symphony Orchestra for a concert in Duke's Hall, where she directed Mozart's 23rd concerto from the keyboard and conducted Mahler's 4th Symphony as well as her own clarinet concerto.
Alissa is very grateful to her sponsors: L’Association des Amis de Canisy and the Zvi and Ofra Meitar foundation.
More details can be found on her website: www.alissafirsova.com