Sunday 2 December 2018  |  2:30PM


“The accordion might be associated with doleful buskers and punishing polkas. But now a Latvian star who learned her trade in London is threatening to make the traditional squeezebox sexy.” Independent UK

Encouraged to take up the instrument by a grandmother steeped in the folk tradition of accordion playing, Ksenija Sidorova is now one of the instrument’s leading ambassadors. She made her debut at Wigmore Hall in 2009, before her appearance at the Night of the Proms in 2014 catapulted her to international acclaim. Her debut album Carmen was released on Deutsche Grammophon in 2016.

Ksenija Sidorova will make her debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their Great Artists series and we are thrilled that she has included UKARIA on her first tour to Australia. Anatoly Kusiakov’s Autumnal Sceneries and Alfred Schnittke’s Revis Fairytales will frame a beautifully diverse collection of Russian masterpieces that will challenge your perceptions and enhance your appreciation of this intoxicating and seductive instrument.


Piotr Londonov: Scherzo-Toccata

Sergei Rachmaninov: Morceaux de salon, Op.10: Barcarolle in G minor

Anatoly Kusiakov: Autumnal Sceneries

I. Autumnal Reveries
II. Autumnal Leaf – Fall
III. Soirée Mood
IV. Forgotten Chimes
V. Cranes
VI. Wild Dance

Viatcheslav Semionov: Red Guelder Rose (“Kalina Krasnaya”)

Moritz Moszkowski: Caprice Espagnol, Op.37

Alexey Arkshipovsky: Cinderalla (arr. A. Poeluev)

Sergei Voitenko: Revelation

Ástor Piazzolla: S.V.P.
Sentido Unico
Tanti Anni Prima

Alfred Schnittke: Revis Fairytales

I. Chichikov’s Childhood
II. Officials
III. Waltz
IV. Polka

Photo credits: Liene Petersone, Phil Tragen, John Kentish

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