Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 7:30 PM


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The Fedorova & Takser Piano Duo is one of the most unique and outstanding piano ensembles in Canada. They just signed a contract with Manhattan Artists Management, which will be officially representing them worldwide!
Graduated with the highest distinction from the Montreal Conservatory, they are widely known not only as musicians but also as mentors, musical advisors, and founder of the Fedorova & Takser Piano Studio – a studio that has produced a considerable number of National and International Piano Competition winners.

Recent projects, such as “Classical music in 3D” from the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, or “Filming classics with drone” in collaboration with famed movie director D.Vardanyan (Netflix) have been called revolutionary and innovative, and were warmly received and much appreciated by audience.

One could say of the Fedorova & Takser piano duet, that “they do everything together.” Both were born in Russia, both graduated from the prestigious College of the Moscow State Conservatory name of P.Tchaikovsky in 2009.

In 2011 Daria Fedorova and Ilya Takser were fortunate to be invited by renowned Canadian pianist Richard Raymond to study with him at the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal. They completed their Master’s degrees in 2013, both graduating with the highest distinction (a unanimous decision by the jury after their final recitals), and shared the Grand-Prix of the “Concours”. Many of their performances at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal have been recorded and broadcast on radio.

Daria and Ilya have been recipients of grants and scholarships, winners of the top prizes in various Solo and Piano Ensembles International Competitions.

Having played together since their time at the Moscow Conservatory, Daria and Ilya have accumulated a diverse repertoire from Mozart and Schubert to Bartok, Lutoslawski as well as contemporary composers A.Rosenblatt, D.L. McIntyre and R. Piana, among others, not to mention their own original transcriptions for two pianos.

Recent notable engagements include the Russian-Chinese Concert Tour in 2017, Master-Classes in Guangzhou, Moscow, St-Petersburg, and many other cities of China and Russia, performance of their own original transcription of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” for two pianos and “Carnival of the Animals” by C. Saint-Saens at the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, acting as jury members at International Music Competitions, conducting master-classes, and giving recitals both throughout Canada and abroad.

Russian-Canadian pianists Daria Fedorova and Ilya Takser graduated from the College of the Moscow State Conservatory (P. Tchaikovsky) and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal with highest distinction.

The duo is known for many innovative projects, such as “Classical music in 3D” at the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory or “Filming classics with drone” in collaboration with famed movie director D.Vardanyan (Netflix).

Daria and Ilya now present to you this unique project made exclusively for The Vancouver Chopin Society. You will hear the Canadian premiere of their transcription of the “Pictures at an Exhibition” by M. Mussorgsky
Performed, recorded and produced in their beautiful studio in Richmond, this remarkable online experience gives us not only music for piano duo, but a collaboration with ensemble as well.

Join us for this unique musical experience, created for you, entirely in our very own city.

DEBUSSY: Petite Suite
I. En Bateau
II. Cortege
III. Menuet
IV. Ballet

J.S. BACH: Concerto for four keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 1056

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
  The Gnome
  The Old Castle
  Tuileries (Children’s quarrel after games)
  Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
  “Samuel” Goldenberg and “Schmuÿle”
  Limoges. The Market (The Great News)
  Catacombs (Roman Tomb)
  With the Dead in a Dead Language
  The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba Yaga)
  The Bogatyr Gates (In the Capital in Kiev)

KAPUSTIN: Paraphrase on Dizzy Gilespie’s “Manteca” for two pianos Op. 129

CHOPIN: Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1


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