Johannes Brahms – The Variations on a Theme of Paganini op.35
(“to play these diabolical variations requires fingers of steel, a heart of burning lava and the courage of a lion”)
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata op.111 in C minor (2 mvts)
Nadya Kisseleva was born in Crimea and began leaning the piano at four. She studied at The Children’s Music School No.1 in Kerch and received her first Mayor’s Scholarship during her time there. Nadya performed her first solo recital at the age of six.
Nadya has taken part and been very successful in multiple international piano competitions including the Vladimir Horowitz Competition in Kiev (first prize), Sergei Prokofiev’s “Native Land” in Ukraine (first prize) and the Vladimir Krajnev Competition, also in Ukraine (third prize). After winning second prize in the International Television Piano Contest “Nutcracker”, she was invited to the Central Music School of Moscow State Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Conservatory to continue her education. Nadya performed in numerous concerts, masterclasses and festivals during her time here. She also had the opportunity collaborate with world renowned musicians like Sergei Babayan, Dmitri Alexeev, Seymour Lipkin, Norma Fisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Philippe Cassard and Vladimir Feltsman amongst others.
In 2012 Nadya graduated from the Central Music School and began her studies at the Gnessin’s Russian Academy of Music, studying with Professor Vladimir Tropp. In 2016 she graduated from The Gnessin’s Academy and was offered a place with a full scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music where she is currently studies with the Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor Graham Scott. As an RNCM scholar, Nadya is generously supported by Leverhulme Trust. She was also recently awarded funding by the Tillet Trust and the Colin Keer Trust in London for 2017-2018.
Nadya has a rich performance life and has had the privilege to perform in the major concert halls such as Steinway Hall (NY, USA), Opera Garnier (Monaco), Salle Gaveau (France), The Great and Small Halls of Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester, UK) Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik (Croatia), Wigmore Hall (UK) The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (New York, USA) amongst many others.