Dina Duisen (piano) and Pēteris Sokolovksis (cello)

Dina Duisen, Pēteris Sokolovksis
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Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
St Hilda's College
Cowley Place
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Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College

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Brahms - Sonata for cello and piano no 2 in F major, Op.99
Shostakovich - Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op.40

Kazakh - British pianist Dina Duisen was born into a family of musicians in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She studied in Kazakhstan and USA before completing Master of Arts Degree in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Dina was one out of eight pianists selected to participate in Sergei Babayan's International Piano Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She regularly plays with violinist Alessandro Ruisi and collaborates with The Ruisi Quartet. Dina gave the Asian premiere of 'Mazurkas' by British composer Thomas Adès. Most recently she worked at IMS Prussia Cove and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. In October 2016 Dina performed with two principal clarinettists Franklin Cohen (Cleveland Orchestra) and Chris Richards (LSO). Earlier this year Dina joined Sinfonia Cymru for Twisted Rhythms: Mark-Anthony Turnage Birthday Concert at the Vibrate Festival. Dina became a member of the Mercury Quartet and they performed at George Enescu Festival. In 2018 Dina will make her solo debuts at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, Cadogan Hall in London and perform at the 20th Anniversary Concert in Oxford Piano Festival. Dina released her solo debut album 'Mazurkas from Chopin to Adès' which was recorded at Kings Place with the Grammy-award winning producer Andrew Keener.

Pēteris Sokolovksis was born in Novokuznetsk, Russia. He began playing cello at the age of six with Lija Sudraba in Riga, Latvia, and later studied at the Purcell School of Music with Alexander Boyarsky. Peteris graduated from the Royal College of Music where he also studied with Alexander Boyarsky. In September 2012 he began his Postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins and later became an Artist Fellow at the School. He was the recipient of the Pierre Fournier Foundation’s Young Cellist Award, Musicians Benevolent Fund Scholarship and the Geoffrey Shaw Scholarship. Peteris won the RCM Cello Competition. Sokolovskis has performed in chamber music groups at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and at the BBC Total Immersion weekend performing John Tavener’s music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and most recently performed Weinberg’s quartet with Gidon Kremer, Agata Daraskaite and Santa Vizine in the Brahms Sall of the Musikverein, Vienna. Peteris is also a regular teacher at the Oxford Cello School. Pēteris is a member of Kremerata Baltica since 2013.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Curated by Dr. Jonathan Williams, the Director of College Music at St Hilda's, the popular Lunchtime Recital Series offers weekly concerts performed by members of College, students from across the University, and professional musicians.