Thursday, 4 January 2018

Nina Leonard Savicevic - 4 Piano Recitals for 2018: St Margaret's Church Topsham Saturday 24 March, St Stephen's Church Exeter Friday 6 April, St Emmanuel's Church Mannamead Saturday 7 April, Bath Abbey Saturday 13 April 2018 Press Release from Nigel Smith

Nina Leonard-Savicevic
St Stephen's Church Exeter

Nina was born in Plymouth, but from age 4 to 6 she and her family lived in Russia, where she started learning the piano -- and gave her first concert in St.Petersburg when she was 5. Back in England they lived in Exeter, where she was at the Maynard School, and at age 12 she won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School where she is now a boarder. At age 14 in her Grade 8 Piano exam she got the highest mark in the South-West. She did well in her GCSEs and is now in the sixth form at Wells. She has won various prizes at national and international competitions, and recently won the Special Honourable Mention Diploma out of all competitors at the Windsor International Competition.

You can hear extracts from Nina's Topsham recital on YouTube where she plays these pieces:
   0:05 -- George Frideric Handel: Minuet in G minor (extract)
   0:49 -- Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in C# minor (extract)
   1:29 -- Sergai Rachmaninov: Prelude in C# minor, Op.3 no.2 (extract)
   3:16 -- Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto in G-major,
                 (Aleksandra Badura accompanied by Dorothy Raven - extract)
   3:56 -- Franz Schubert - Impromptu in G-flat major (extract)
   5:55 -- Wofgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasie in D minor, K.397 (extract)
   7.27 -- Alexander Scriabin: Impromptu no.2 in B-flat minor (extract)
 10.28 -- Robert Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op 54, 1st movement
                   (Nina played the soloist's part in a duet with Dorothy Raven
                           who played an orchestral reduction on a second piano - extract)

 The Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Schumann are all fiendishly difficult,
but Nina played them all with real verve and confidence.

You can also see her playing at St.Stephen's Church Exeter last summer on YouTube.
and you can see her playing the Pop-up Pianos in Exeter last summer on YouTube
(at the start and from 6:02 to 8:35)

Nina's upcoming concerts are at
-- St Margarets Church Topsham - 24 March at 1 pm
-- St Stephen Church Exeter - 6 April at 1pm
-- St Emmanuel Church Mannamead, Plymouth - 7 April at 7.30pm
-- Bath Abbey - 13 April at 1 pm.

 There's a two-page article about Nina, and a lovely photo,
on page 41 of the December edition of Exeter Life.

Mike Bennett of Music In Devon Initiative (MIDI) wrote:

"This talented young pianist blew us away with her technical skills and obvious passion when she spontaneously played our pop-up pianos in the Guildhall a few months ago. No doubt, she has a very bright future ahead of her, and you can catch a local performance in an intimate setting right here in Exeter City Centre this December. Highly recommended!"

It is possible to contact Nina via her mother (and manager), Silvana Leonard
Telephone: 07547 645416

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