BELPER CONCERT FOR WORLD RENOWNED PIANIST
Sergei Podobedov has been described by conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky as: "a magnificent
pianist who possesses outstanding virtuosic skills combined with true musicality and a refined sense
of style." Known as one of the world's finest pianists, Sergei is set to play a concert in Belper.
Since making his orchestral debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto,
Podobedov has toured throughout the world performing the major concert repertoire, new works and
also fully improvised recitals. A concert at the Purcell Rooms for the BBC prompted Jeremy D Rowe
of Wagner News to write: "The astonishing Russian virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov whose
breathtaking readings of both Prokofiev and Chopin had the audience enthralled".
Producer George Gunby said “Sergei is a world class pianist. He is a very exciting performer and the
audience can expect something special. His concert is another sign that Belper is becoming a centre
of art excellence. ” Recent concerts have featured cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason, guitarist James
Rippingale, sopranos Margaret Keys and Karen England plus 'This Man', an oratorio by Anne De
Sergei has performed at London's Wigmore Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, the Bolshoi Hall of The
Moscow Conservatory, San Francisco's Herbst Theater, among others. In 1990 he was the first ever
recipient of a Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Scholarship at the Royal College of Music and
was also the youngest ever winner of the Edward Boyle Award in London. In 1991 he performed and
collaborated with Sir John Gielgud at Windsor Castle at the Queen Mother's special invitation.
Sergei is a graduate of The Moscow Central School of Music, The Tchaikovsky Conservatory and
The Royal College of Music.
For the Belper concert Sergei will include works by Chopin and Schumann along with a few
surprises. “I'm looking forward to the concert. People in Belper have been very welcoming,” said
Sergei. “It will be fun to play in a space as intimate as the Hall at Strutts.”
SERGEI PODOBEDOV is IN CONCERT on 22 September 2018 at the Strutt Centre, Derby Road,
Belper. Tickets are available from OXFAM BOOKS, King St., Belper and online
www.belperartsfestival.org and are priced at £15 for adults and £12 for Under 16s.