classical music

Diaghilev and his Favourite Russian Composers

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

In homage to the arts innovator, pianist Yulia Chaplina and cellist Riccardo Pes perform works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky.

Sergei Diaghilev changed the world of dance with his company Ballets Russes, which launched in 1909 and travelled around Europe performing groundbreaking new works.

Diaghilev was instrumental in the career of artists including Stravinsky, who composed ballet scores The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring for the Ballets Russes.

The other composers showcased in this evening of Russian favourites were also selected by Diaghilev for his stagings – in the case of Rimsky-Korsakov, despite the fact that he had told a young Diaghilev to give up any notion of becoming a composer himself.

Praised for ‘something quintessentially Russian about her playing' by International Piano Magazine, Yulia Chaplina gave her debut performance aged seven.

Russian-British pianist Chaplina is the winner of seven international piano competitions.

She has performed regularly as a soloist in venues including Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo.

Riccardo Pes has played with I Solisti Veneti under Claudio Scimone in Padua and with the Ensemble Serenissima at the Teatro Zancanaro in Sacile.

He has played music for solo cello, from Bach to Morricone, at the AHA! Festival, Terre di Maremma Festival, and at prestigious venues across London.


Riccardo Pes
Yulia Chaplina piano


Stravinsky: Suite italienne arr. for cello & piano; Berceuse (Lullaby) from The Firebird arr. Riccardo Pes for cello & piano
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Sea and Sinbad's ship from Sheherazade arr. Riccardo Pes for cello & piano
Mussorgsky: Excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition arr. Riccardo Pes for cello & piano
Tchaikovsky: Méditation, No.1 from Souvenir d'un lieu cher for piano, Op.42; Excerpts from The Seasons for piano
Prokofiev: Waltz from The Tale of the Stone Flower; Pas de deux (Adagio) from Cinderella; 5 Songs without Words, Op.35; March from The Love for Three Oranges Suite arr. Riccardo Hes for cello & piano

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 115 mins
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    • Sat 4 July 2020
      • 7:45 pm


Purcell Room


£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £20


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Age recommendation
For ages 6+

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