Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova is known to take her audience “completely by surprise”, leaving them “compelled and astonished” and she will play out the 2016 International Musicians Platform with one of her stunning concerts in Dumfries on Sunday (21 August).
Born into a family of professional musicians, Anna began her musical career at the age of four and has since gone on to become one of the world’s premiere young pianists.
Her “innate musical maturity and stunning technical abilities” have dazzled audiences around the globe and Anna has performed, both solo and with the world’s leading orchestras, in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America and Asia.
“As an artist I always give 100 per cent of energy and emotion, no matter if I play in a living room, at a house concert or at the stadium,” she said.
“I once played to 50,000 people and it was really unbelievable. I remember going on stage then and seeing no beginning and no end to an ocean of people.
“Playing for 2,000 people is the usual thing for performances with orchestras, sometimes recitals as well.
“Playing for 100-200 people is another beautiful experience as the atmosphere at this sort of concert is usually very intimate, warm and unique. You can talk to the people about music from the stage, it kind of drops the invisible curtain of formality between the artist and the listeners which is pleasant for both parts, I think.”
Anna is a passionate advocate of classical music and believes that negative perceptions of the genre will be alleviated as soon as someone experiences a great concert.
She said: “Many people who have never experienced a good concert and have never seen top artists play may take a negative view on classical music, for example it is for old people, it is boring, or it is the music of people who have been dead for hundreds of years.
“I hope those people who claim to not like or do not listen to classical music are just not realising they would love it if they would give it a chance.
“Classical music is, at its essence, the expression of all the aspects of the human soul. It is unique in this way that it can resonate with so many different kinds of people with so many different experiences. Everyone should have a chance to go to a great concert and the music will speak for itself.”
Anna believes live concerts provide a unique and personal experience to each member of the audience as well as the performance artist. She explained: “I think it’s very important to go to a live concerts as the amazing thing about classical music concerts is that everything is happening at the moment.
“This is the sacred process which is happening right there and right then and never can be repeated: even if the same performer will play the same piece again on the next day, it would already be unique and different.
“Recording can capture the performance, of course, but it still would be like a copy of a masterpiece by Rafael or Rodin, not the original.
“The artist lives through every emotion. Every event happening in the piece he or she is playing creates a unique atmosphere in the hall and hopefully takes the audience on this breathtaking journey too.
“The realisation they are the only fortunate witnesses to the creation of art at the concert should make the audience feel how special it is and appreciate it even more.
“I want the Dumfries and Galloway audience to experience the music each in their own way and, after my concert, each person to leave the hall having experienced some strong emotions. My hope is that I move them: maybe make them laugh, make them cry, or make them happy, but never indifferent. Depending on the person, I believe each one will find his own unique emotional connection.”
On Sunday, at 7.30pm at the Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries, Anna will perform a programme of music by Beethoven, Takemitsu, Rachmaninov and Chopin.