Vinyl Gems of Violin – 4th June 2016

We are delighted to have the opportunity to have the award-winning violinist, Dunja Lavrova, playing here in Broadstone.  Do read her website – the tour that she is planning is going to be amazing and we are incredibly lucky to have Dunja at our series and very proud to be supporting this wonderfully talented musician to help get this project off the ground.

Tickets are £10 and £3 for students – includes interval refreshments

Venue: Broadstone United Reformed Church, Broadstone, BH18 9AB


E.Hallfter arr. J.Heifetz: Danza de la Gitana

N.Paganini: Adagio Flebile from Concerto N4

N.Rimsky-Korsakov arr. F.Kreisler: Hymn to the Sun

N.Rimsky-Korsakov arr. F.Kreisler: Scheherazade

J.S. Bach : Chaconne (from D-minor Partita for solo violin)
G.Catoire: Elegy

S.Rachmaninoff arr. J.Heifetz: Daisies

C.Debussy arr J.Heifetz: L’apres-midi d’un Faune

J.Achron arr. L.Auer: Hebrew Lullaby

D.Shostakovich arr. Tsyganov: Prelude in C-sharp minor

G.Gershwin arr. J.Heifetz: Prelude N2

trad./ arr. J.Heifetz: Deep River

M.Ponce arr. J Heifetz: Estrellita

P.Sarasate: Habanera



Award-Winning violinist Dunja Lavrova presents her project “Vinyl Gems of Violin” in concert with Sophia Rahman, piano.
The programme will consist of 12 violin miniatures, both popular and rare. Dunja will narrate this recital, introducing pieces as the evening progresses. Music will include pieces by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Sarasate, J.S.Bach and others, including arrangements by Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler.
Money raised at the concert will go towards covering the costs of Dunja’s UK tour, a brief description of which you can read here:
“This tour is an idea to recreate the unique experience and magical atmosphere of the musical soirees of the early part of 20th century, where the great violinists like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz performed their favourite violin miniatures. During this tour, Dunja will be reintroducing some of the long-forgotten out-of-print scores popular in the Golden Age of violin playing. Concerts will take place at 12 small vintage cinemas around UK, the nostalgic ambiance of which would create a special, intimate environment, with its dry accountings mimicking the sound of old studio records. Dunja will be narrating the recitals with stories and anecdotes from that period and familiarising the audience with the history behind the less familiar scores.”
About donations:
Making something as original as the Vinyl Gems of Violin tour happen requires very substantial funds and partnerships. Putting together just one out of twelve concerts of this tour can cost up to £4,000. However, everyone who is collaborating with Dunja on this tour already strongly believe that it will all be worth it as this project aims to bring something unique to today’s classical music world and they hope that it gets you as excited about it as they are.
Dunja will be extremely grateful for all the donations made towards her “Vinyl Gems of Violin” tour, whatever size they might be! She will give back personal “thank you” gifts for every donation. Highlights of such gifts include signed CDs/ photographs; tickets to tour concerts and behind-the-scenes rehearsals; personal solo recital given by Dunja at an event/ venue of your choice; arrangement of your favourite piece made by Dunja especially for you; full page about you or your business, or your dedicatee inside the tour concert programme; “sponsored by” banners; opportunity to advertise; and much more…

Please visit to find out more about relevant gifts based on donation sizes. You can donate today, in person, by cash or personal cheque, or by visiting Dunja’s tour page on her website where you can make secure card payments or contact Dunja directly to find out other ways to donate.

Please remember that ALL donations are extremely important in order to get this project off the ground!

Performer Biographies:
Born in Russia, violinist Dunja Lavrova moved to The U.K. at the age of 13. She began her studies at St Petersburg’s School for Exceptionally Gifted Children, in class of Vera Dobrynina. She won a prize at her first competition (Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg) at the age of 10, and by the age of 11 had already toured Germany and Peru, appeared on Russian and Peruvian National Television, performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with St Petersburg’s leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover.
She moved to U.K. when she won a full scholarship to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School in class of Natasha Boyarsky and, later, Maciej Rakowski. Upon graduation from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Dunja continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski under full scholarship at the Royal College of Music and subsequently graduated with Tagore Gold Medal, presented to her by HRH Prince Charles.
Whilst a U.K. student, she has won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club (presented by David Attenborough) in 2004. The event took place at The Arts Club and was broadcast on Russian National Television.
During her studies, Dunja was selected to participate in masterclasses with world-leading musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Igor Oistrakh, Pierre Amoyal, Zahar Bron, Zvi Zeitlin, Dora Schwarzberg and others.
Dunja has performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Soho Jazz club as well as at numerous other concerts and festivals around the U.K., Europe, Russia and South America.
She has also performed violin concertos with various orchestras, including Russian National Television and Radio Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra of St Petersburg, English Symphony Orchestra, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Kent Sinfonia, King’s Chamber Orchestra (London), Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Concertante and others
As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at various prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Soho Jazz Club and appeared on French National Television with Ensemble Metamusika, of which she is the Leader and Director.
In the summer of 2014 Dunja participated in highly exclusive masterclasses with Pierre Amoyal and Robert Levin at Academie de Musique in Lausanne. That same year she signed a record deal with Solo Musica/ Naxos to record her debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”. The album is now available worldwide and has already received many positive reviews and media attention, including airplays on BBC Radio 3 and 6, review inside BBC Music Magazine and a full feature in Classical Music Magazine’s May 2015 issue.
In December 2015 Dunja made her Moscow debut in Bol’shoy Theatre, performing piano trios with distinguished cellist Alexandr Kniazev and international solo pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, which was a great success.

Sophia Rahman has recorded concertos with the Scottish Ensemble, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and twenty-five chamber discs for companies including Linn records, CPO , Guild, Naxos, ASV, Dutton/Epoch, Meridian and Resonus.

She has acted as a class pianist for IMS/Prussia Cove for Kim Kashkashian, Atar Arad, Hartmut Rohde and, for the last six years, Steven Isserlis. Since 1994 she has acted as official accompanist for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and has also appeared for the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition and the Samling Foundation, as well as the 2013/14 inaugural Australian Cello Awards. She was a class pianist for the last few years of masterclasses given by William Pleeth at the Britten Pears School.

Together with colleagues Robert Plane (clarinet) and Philip Dukes (viola), she was Artist-in-Residence at Queen’s University, Belfast for eight years, where she developed her  love of teaching. She is currently a guest-coach on the string Masters programme at the University of Limerick.
Alongside her touring schedule she has given masterclasses at conservatoires throughout the UK and in Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Finland (coaching chamber music at Sibelius Junior Academy), Estonia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. She is also a member of Trittico with John Anderson (oboe) and Nancy Ruffer (flute). She has appeared in recital with Steven Isserlis, Thomas Riebl, distinguished wind players such as Karl Leister and Alex Klein, and also works regularly with her partner, the violinist, violist and conductor Andres Kaljuste.

Sophia Rahman studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Peter Norris, with additional guidance from Vlado Perlemuter and Louis Kentner.
She took a first-class honours degree in English from King’s College, London and completed her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau.
She was the winner of the Royal Overseas League’s Accompanist Award and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize for a chamber music pianist in consecutive years.