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.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

I. Overture

V. Sarabande

VI. Gigue

VIII. Echo

Anatoly Kusyakov (1945–2007)

Autumnal Sceneries

I. Autumnal Reveries

II. Autumnal Leaf – Fall

III. Soirée Mood

IV. Forgotten Chimes

V. Cranes

VI. Wind Dance

Viatcheslav Semionov (b.1946)

Red Guelder Rose


Alexey Arkhipovsky (b.1967)

Cinderella (arr. Alexander Poeluev)

Sergei Voytenko (b.1973)


Ástor Piazzolla (1921–1992)


Sentido Unico

Tanti Anni Prima

Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)

Revis Fairytales

I. Chichikov’s Childhood

II. Officials

III. Waltz

IV. Polka

Photo credits: Liene Petersone, Phil Tragen, John Kentish

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