Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1 (1853)
Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) – V Mlhach (In the Mists 1912)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Ravel Sonatine (1903-1905)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) – Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 (1831-1838)
This concert is generously sponsored by Myddelton & Major
Karolina Kubálkova (piano)
At the age of 14, Karolina Kubalkova roused praise for her Prague concert where her “impressive ardour and solid tone culture” proved again that she carries the “precious gift of being able to communicate with the audience …. [giving] the impression that she has always belonged to the stage”. Indeed, violinist Josef Suk, two years before his death, “congratulated her with tears in his eyes” after this performance. – Hudebny Rozhledy – 2009.
Over the course of her young career, Karolina has made appearances in Croatia, Hungary, England, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, and The Netherlands, with tours in Canada, the United States, and the Czech Republic.
Presently studying with the prodigious artist – Rustem Hayrudinoff – at the Royal Academy of Music, she continues to seek out guidance from internationally acclaimed performers and teachers of the highest level, such as:, Ian Fountain, Colin Stone, Pavel Nersessian, Joanna Macgregor, Gintaras Januševicius, Raymond Holden, Andrius Žlabys, Ivo Kahánek, Michael Dussek, Imre Hargitai, Jan Wijn, Jan Novotny, William Fong, Andrew Buraško, Imogen Cooper.
Performing from the age of 10, most recent 2015/2016 appearances include those at: Egle Sanatorium and the Lithuania Cultural Centre; Birstonas Summer Music Academy; Klek Masterclasses (Croatia); Mozart Concert K# 488 for Music at Casa Loma alongside the Toronto Concert Orchestra with Kerry Stratton – conductor; Verao Classico – Centro Cultural de Belem; Lisbon International Music Academy; Budapest Cultural Centre – Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos.
Educated at the Glenn Gould Royal Conservatory of Music in the Young Performers’ Academy (Toronto, Canada), she joined the rising crest of young talent in local competitions gaining the top honours in piano and violin before making the decision to focus on piano, afterwards being accepted at the age of 16 to begin a Bachelors Degree at the Prague Academy of Music. Early studies with Marina Geringas (1939-2016) continue to inspire and drive her artistic talent.
Active in the thriving music scene of London, she is committed to ongoing benefit performances at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital – where she is preparing a collaborative project. Support for other charities has included: CHICKS – a national children’s charity providing free respite to disadvantaged children in the U.K. and Breast Cancer Research. Karolina has always had a deep interest in the powerful communication that music has with individuals diagnosed with Autism.