17 October at 7:30 pm

LCO & Friends: the one with Ksenija Sidorova

Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova in performance, with orchestra behind her

Ksenija Sidorova accordion
George Morton conductor
London Chamber Orchestra

Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, is a completely captivating performer and, if you haven’t already seen her in action, this is your chance to put that right!

In this intimate and informal concert – the second in our autumn series at Cadogan Hall – we’ll explore the impact of 18th-century composer JS Bach on contemporary music. With her accordion mastery, Ksenija will bring to life the art of chaconnes, a musical form that Bach mastered; defined by a short, repetitive bass-line accompanied by a series of variations.

You will also witness the UK premiere of Sergey Akhunov‘s Concerto “Chaconne” for accordion, strings and percussion. The cherry on top will be a typically electric and immersive LCO performance of the unmatchable Brandenburg no. 3 by Bach himself.

“Virtuoso Latvian accordion player Ksenija Sidorova, whose wonderful dexterity, tone and sheer sense of fun, makes the instrument something of a revelation” Liverpool Echo

About Ksenija

“Accordion virtuoso Sidorova was the indisputable highlight of the night” BBC News

Praised as “revelatory” (The Telegraph) and playing with “verve, style, attitude and impeccable
virtuosity” (ZealNYC), Ksenija Sidorova is the world’s undisputed leading ambassador for the classical

Ksenija’s charismatic performances showcase not only her instrument’s unique
capabilities, but also her own intense passion and breathtaking skill. Her repertoire spans over three
centuries and, as a passionate advocate of new music, several accordion works have been composed especially for her. In this concert she’ll be giving the UK premiere of Sergey Akhunov’s Chaconne for accordion, percussion and string orchestra. Co-commissioned by LCO with Riga Sinfonietta, Akhunov dedicated the piece to her.

Encouraged by her grandmother, herself steeped in the folk tradition of accordion playing, Ksenija
started to play the instrument at the age of six. She went onto study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she became a prize-winning undergraduate and postgraduate and begins the post of Visiting Professor of Classical Accordion this September. In May 2012, she became the first International Award winner of the Bryn Terfel Foundation and appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2015 as part of his 50th birthday celebrations, alongside Sting.


Dani Howard Symmetry

Sergey Akhunov Concerto “Chaconne” for accordion, strings and percussion


J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3

George Gershwin 3 Preludes, arranged by George Morton

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