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10 March 2020In Search of Leokadiya Kashperova

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In Search of Leokadiya Kashperova Graham Griffiths Tuesday 10 March 2020

For a historian, there can be little to match the excitement of discovering a forgotten treasure. Graham Griffiths’s eventful research across Russia to unveil the romantic figure of Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940), composer and concert pianist (previously known only as ‘Stravinsky’s piano teacher’), offers the perfect example.  Kashperova’s re-discovered music establishes her as the earliest-known female Russian composer of international stature.  This lecture illustrates what it takes to recover the life and works of a composer whom history has completely forgotten; until now.

Graham has a degree in music from Edinburgh and a doctorate from Christ Church, Oxford.  He is a lecturer, conductor, pianist and composer and is currently a music research fellow at the University of London.  He is Musical Director of Grupo Novo Horizonte de Sao Paulo and has lectured and made recordings in the UK and abroad.  His research featured in the BBC Radio 3 Celebration 'Five Forgotten Female Composers' on International Women’s Day 8 March 2018.