HALIFAX, NS - At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut performing Polunin's Concertino in A minor with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Mykola Diadiura. Now 14, Anastasia is showing signs of being one to watch. And Islanders will have a chance to watch her in concert on Saturday, Sept. 14, when she appears at the Indian River Festival.
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Fourteen-year-old pianist Anastasia Rizikov will present a concert in Indian River this weekend at the historic St. Mary’s Church.
She is currently performing solo concerts in major U.S. cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Binghamton, New York, New Jersey, and Washington.
Anastasia’s tour will feature two varied programs. These programs include famous works such as Beethoven’s “Appassionata”, Liszt’s “La Campanella,” and “Ondine”” from Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit.”
Rizikov has won first prize in many international competitions including the Rotary International Piano Competition in Spain and the Vladimir Horowitz International Young Pianists Competition in the Ukraine. Nationally, Anastasia won first place in both the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian Chopin Competition.
Anastasia studies with award-winning Master of Music Maia Spis, at the Nadia Music Academy in Toronto. In addition to her passion for the piano, she loves reading, animals, shopping, and treasures her friendships.
Rizikov will be performing with a number of community presenters throughout the four Atlantic Provinces. Her Prince Edward Island concert is presented by the Indian River Festival and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. She will also be reaching out to students across the region with a variety of school concerts and discussions.
Future Debut Atlantic concerts on Prince Edward Island include Cecilia String Quartet at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Oct. 30, and Diomira, an accordion, piano, percussion trio, on Feb. 11, 2014, as part of the UPEI Music Department’s Recital Series.
One of the most respected music touring organizations in the country, Debut Atlantic’s first season in 1979 featured then-emerging and still-unknown artists, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, tenor Ben Heppner, and Canada’s Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik.
Full details on Debut Atlantic’s current and upcoming seasons can be found at www.debutatlantic.ca.