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Pianist to perform at Fuller Lodge

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By Kirsten Laskey

Pianist Anna Fedorova has played music all over the globe and  is now sharing her music with Los Alamos. Fedorova will perform a concert, which is a first in a series of Masterpianist recitals, at 6 p.m. Sunday at Fuller Lodge.

She will perform works by Chopin, Brahms and Mussorgsky. As a special treat, the final performance will be a piano duet between Fedorova and Los Alamos High School graduate Rodion Efremov. They will perform Brahms’ “Two Hungarian Dances.”  

Efremov describes the program as solo piano romantic works.

Efremov said he thought up the concert.  “I just thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to hear Anna,” he said.

In an e-mail, he wrote Los Alamos was a good fit for the recital because its surroundings reflect some of the music Fedorova will perform.

“When we were in Los Alamos two weeks ago, we drove up to Jemez Falls,” Efremov wrote. “One the way, Anna said the surrounding wilderness made her think of one of the pieces that she’ll be performing: ‘Pictures at the Exhibition.’ The work contains a musical image of the Russian mythical character Baba Yaga and Anna believes that its spirit roams the Jemez Mountains as well.”

After her initial visit, Fedorova said she is eager to return to the area. “I’m looking forward (to the show),” she said. “I very much like the town. It’s very beautiful.”

Returning to his hometown is special to Efremov as well. “It’s actually very good because this is the first time I’ve seen green trees and green grass on the mountains (since the Cerro Grande Fire occurred),” he said.

Even more special is the chance to visit his old childhood hangouts, Efremov said.

While Efremov grew up in Los Alamos, Fedorova grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. She began to study piano at the age 5. She continued her education at the Lysenko Musical College for Gifted Children in Kiev and earned the President of the Ukraine Scholarship during 2003-2008.

She is currently a student of Prof. Leonid Margarius at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale di Imola “Incontri col Maestro.”

Fedorova’s concert career has taken her to the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Greece, France, Russia and Poland.

Additionally, she has competed in international piano competitions and has garnered many first and second place awards such as a second place finish in the Tbilisi International Young Pianists competition in Tbilisi, Georgia and the Dorothy McKenzie award at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City in 2006, 2007 and 2008.  

Sunday’s recital costs $20 per person and children younger than age 5 will be admitted for free.