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"Sidorova got her instrument to inhale and exhale like a living creature," – Financial Times
The Latvian accordionist marks her Deutsche Grammophon debut with an album driven by her identification with Bizet's famously free-spirited femme fatale. Ksenija's Carmen gives new life to some of the most popular of all classical melodies, presented here in seductively fresh arrangements. She describes the character of Carmen as, above all, "a projection of the heart's most intimate desires". In response, her album, influenced by Latin, Asian, European and North American musical styles, offers an intoxicating mix of tone colors and pulsating rhythms.
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Avi Avital, Ksenija Sidorova, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, set for Helzberg Hall / Kansas City Star
The mandolin is not commonly featured at classical music concerts, and the accordion even less so. Both instruments will be highlighted, however, when the Friends of Chamber Music presents the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in concert Nov. 7 at Helzberg Hall. Mandolinist Avi Avital and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova will perform a concerto for mandolin and accordion, which the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra commiss...
Ksenija Sidorova receives the ECHO KLASSIK Award for 'Instrumentalist (Accordion)'
Ksenija Sidorova receives the ECHO KLASSIK Award for Instrumentalist (Accordion). The ECHO KLASSIK trophies will be handed out on Sunday, 29 October 2017 during a gala event in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg. All of the artists receiving an ECHO KLASSIK this year have made outstanding contributions to Classical Music in the 2016/17 music year. Their performances have brought audien...
Ksenija Sidorova set for Vancouver Recital Society / Montreal Gazette
An accordion recital to open the 2016/17 season of the Vancouver Recital Society? Are you kidding? Concertgoers who know artistic director Leila Getz already know she embraces the unexpected. And you can bet that if Getz is impressed, we will be too. Which brings us to the Canadian debut performance of Ksenija Sidorova, who may well be poised to do for the classical accordion what Andres Segovia did for ...
Ksenija Sidorova will 'put the squeeze on' Vancouver Recital Society / Straight.com
Accordion virtuoso Ksenija Sidorova loves the music of Astor Piazzolla and thinks she might have been born in the wrong country. As a guest of the Vancouver Recital Society, she will be putting the squeeze on and with new fire into an old instrument. Vancouver Recital Society's artistic director, Leila Getz, renowned for tirelessly ferreting out the best and brightest new talents on the interna...
Carmen for the accordion? Ksenija Sidorova makes it sing at Ravinia / Chicago Tribune
Bizet's "Carmen" has inspired uncounted interpretations, revisions and reinventions, but none quite like the one that played Bennett Gordon Hall at the Ravinia Festival on Friday evening. To say that Ksenija Sidorova reconceived the landmark opera on deeply personal and thoroughly idiosyncratic terms would be an understatement. For the Latvian accordion virtuoso and her sextet took snippets, the...
Ksenija Sidorova - Carmen / WFMT: Featured New Release
Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova makes her Deutsche Grammophon debut with an album driven by her identification with Bizet's free-spirited femme fatale. Her arrangements of excerpts from Carmen are influenced by Latin, Asian, European and North American musical styles. Sidorova says, "I wanted to bring something new to this music, to let Carmen speak with a different voice." Bizet, arr. of Carme...
Ottensamer | Sidorova | Gallardo play Wigmore Hall / musicOMH
It is a rare event to attend a concert where the players are so perfectly attuned that the music seems to be created by them simultaneously at the moment of production, but Saturday night's concert of music for clarinet, accordion and piano at Wigmore Hall was such an experience. Originally billed as music for clarinet, guitar and accordion, it was a slight re-working to include the pianist, Jo...