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November Newsletter 2018

We are overjoyed with the response to our 5th Piano Competition – Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2018 with an outstanding number of entries especially in Junior Categories many of whom are travelling from different parts of the UK.

The AGPMF 2018 programme has been finalised with the following time table:

10 AM – Junior Categories (Worldwide Contemporary Music) Lunch Break – 2-3 PM 3 PM – Junior Categories (Short Recitals) 4.45 PM – Adult Categories 7.10 PM – End of the Competition

We are delighted to invite you to our piano festival on Sunday, 2nd December 2018 that will take place at The Study Society, East Studio, (which is the large room on the left as you enter the building), 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA.

We are looking forward to hearing a variety of different music styles played by talented pianists, both junior and adults. In addition, we are especially excited and privileged to welcome The Darina Piano Duo who are going to perform works by Melanie Spanswick, Lindsey Berwin and Aleksandar Vujić.


The piano duo was established by pianists Antonina Koleva-Lax and Alla Levit-Anderson in 2014 and have performed in London, York and Durham. Its extensive repertoire includes Russian, English, German, French and Balkan composers, notably Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bizet, Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Arensky, Stravinsky, Gavrilin and Vujić. The Darina Duo founded the successful concert series Russian Seasons in Paris. English Contemporary composers such as Graham Lynch, Melanie Spanswick, Heather Hammond, Lindsey Berwin have composed music especially for Alla and Antonina. The forthcoming recitals in 2019 will be held at the Durham Cathedral as well as in York and London.

Dr Antonina Koleva-Lax Antonina is a piano soloist and a chamber musician performing mainly in NE England. Since settling in the UK in 2005 she has also been teaching extensively at Durham University, the Sage, and is a Music Director of Academia di Musica Amata. Antonina began her music and piano lessons when she was 7 years old at a local music school in the town of Yambol, Bulgaria. At the age of 16 she moved to Russia to study piano in the city of Tyumen (West Siberia) at the Tyumen Art College where she obtained bachelor’s degree in Piano Performing and Teaching (1987), followed by a master’s degree (1992) from Tyumen State University. In addition, Antonina specialized in Chamber Music with Boris Krein and attended master classes of Chamber Music, Solo Piano Performing and Accompaniment with Isaak Zetel and Valery Samoletov. She also has a PhD in the History of the Russian language and Culture.

Alla Levit-Anderson Alla is a Russian concert pianist and pedagogue who has settled in England for the last 12 years. She started studying piano at the Special Music School for Gifted Children at St. Petersburg Conservatoire Rimsky-Korsakov, where she continued her studies graduating in piano performance, chamber music, accompaniment and teaching. Alla performed in the Small and Grand Halls of St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Conservatoire, the Concert Halls of St. Petersburg and Moscow Unions of Composers and in many other places in Russia, Germany, Portugal and the UK. She took part in several international musical festivals in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Berlin. Since 2007 Alla combined teaching piano at Durham University and privately as well as accompanying gifted young instrumentalists for BBC Young Musicians, North Coast Young Musicians and Harrogate Festival.


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