Friday 21 April 2017, The Venue, Walton High, 7.30pm

Venue: The Venue, Walton High

Date: 21 Apr 2017

Time: 19:30

  • Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Ives: The Unanswered Question
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Conductor: Damian Iorio

Soloist: Maria Kustas (Yamaha Scholarship winner)


Ticket Prices: £10,  £25

Mendelssohn provides a rousing start to our concert followed by another celebration of partnership working in the MK50 celebration year.

Charles Ives provides a thoughtful and provocative interlude, before our grand finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No2.

Another treat in store for concert goers as, once again, MKCO, through its partnership with Yamaha, will showcase the talent of the winner of the 2017 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship. This year’s competition was for pianists and the winner is Maria Kustas.

Maria Kustas was born in 1995. Began her musical studies at the age of three. Winner of national and international competitions (Tunbridge Wells international competition (II prize), international music competition “Premio Citta’ Di Padova”, Italy (II prize), international competition for young pianists in memory of V.Horowitz, Kiev, Ukraine (V prize), international piano competition in Volgograd, Russia (I prize), Evangelia Tjiarri international piano competition, Larnaca, Cyprus (I prize) and others). In 2007 performed with the Moscow chamber orchestra “The Seasons”. Took part in various festivals (International festival of Slavic music, Moscow, 2005; festival-competition “Snowdrop”; “Open Europe”, 2006; “Mozart and Tchaikovsky”, 2009; International festival “Paris: City of Light”, London, 2015; Mayfield festival, UK; Saint-Savin festival, France, 2016). In March 2014 took part in a concert tour in Luxembourg and Germany as part of the EMCY project. Maria has performed in Russia, UK, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Greece, Cyprus, Ukraine and France.
Graduated from the Central Music School of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory magna cum laude in 2013. At the present time studies at the Royal College of Music in London with prof.Dmitri Alexeev. Maria is a Linda Beeley scholar supported by the Olive Rees Prize.

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