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As part of the City Music Foundation Artist Scheme, CMF Artists are able to have a music video shot and produced by CMF. You can see our other artist videos on our YouTube channel including Eusebio Sanchez and see the Foyle-Štšura Duo play Lutoslawski, Brahms and a promo video for them.

The next artist to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity is Andrey Lebedev performing Bach and a new composition, both to be announced closer to the online launch.

After much deliberation, Artist Manager and producer, Tabitha Mcgrath, along with director Ian dingle decided on the beautiful Lock Studios Haggerston on the Regents Canal. With it’s natural light and soft tones, it was the perfect setting for the two intricate works and Andrey, always a performer that draws you in.

The shoot was, unexpectedly, ahead of schedule – a rarity within this type of work – and ran smoothly with Andrey, eve the professional always willing to play for another take. Those one set noted that each new take was played as though it was the finished piece with Andrey’s impeccable intonation. It is a very exciting project as both works are rare, so rare that one could not find the pieces on YouTube if you tried so we at CMF are particularly excited to be the first.

Fun facts: Andrey plays on two different guitars for each piece; Ian, the director and John Riittipo-Moore, the sound producer, are one half of one of our CMF Artist ensembles, Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, who have excitingly recently released their debut album Oil. 

The day itself was a breeze, with a talented crew including Mark Popple, camera, Robyn Skead, camera assistant and Tom Gimson, camera operator and photographer (see his photos below in the behind the scenes album!), not to mention the studio’s resident dog, Barry, who offered delightful reprieves throughout the day.

Take a look at the album of Tom’s photos of the day showing the team and Andrey hard at work.

So stay tuned for the launch of these videos and if you can’t wait until then to hear Andrey, you can catch him with fellow CMF Artist, Samson Tsoy at our Special Event with Rhinegold LIVE on 3rd October, register for your FREE ticket here.

Or you can see Andrey’s solo recital as part of our CMF Concert Series on 10th October at 6pm at St Lawrence Jewry, tickets are £10, including a drink, get yours here.

Photo credit: Tom Gimson, see more at his website here.


Two of City Music Foundation’s artists, Samson Tsoy and Andrey Lebedev will take part in a showcase for City Music Foundation presented by Rhinegold LIVE. This showcase is a first of its kind of City Music Foundation and a way to, not only exhibit the talent of the CMF artists, but also to watch, and experience first-hand the important work that we undertake in the UK music sector.

The showcase will be held in the wonderful Conway Hall, London on 3rd October 2016 with a drinks reception from 6.15pm followed by the recital at 7pm.

The recital will be followed by an informal Q&A conducted by Kimon Daltas, editor of Classical Music magazine.

Click here to register for your FREE ticket

Samson Tsoy, born in Kazakhstan, Tsoy began his studies at the Krasnodar State Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music before moving to the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory followed by his postgraduate studies at Royal College of Music, London. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, most recently the Royal Festival Hall .

You can see a video of Samson below.

Andrey Lebedev, the Australian classical guitarist and CMF Artist graduated last year with his MA with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed around the world including Altamira Hong Kong International Guitar Symposium, St John’s, Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Duke’s Hall and Kings Place, London.

You can see Lebedev perform below.

CMF Artist and pianist Dinara Klinton stormed in to third place at this weekend’s final of the Cleveland International Piano Competition after performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, winning a cash prize of $15,000. You can see a picture of her performance below.

Cleveland International Piano Competition

In earlier rounds she performed Scarlatti’s Sonatas in F minor and G major, Chopin Etudes and Nocturnes and individual works by Taneyev, Rosenblatt and Beethoven.

Once through to the semi-finals, Klinton played Tchaikovsky’s Two Pieces, Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes – the latter she released earlier this year to huge success.


The Plain Dealer described Klinton’s finals performance as:

“Her performance Saturday of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was a truly personal interpretation, a reading seemingly guided less by tradition than by her own thinking. Where so many artists in Tchaikovsky’s first concerto hammer their listeners into submission, Klinton drew hers in with subtle persuasion as well as force.

Her performance had muscle and virtuosity in all the right places, and often to spare. Her finale, up to and through the last note, was dazzling.

But Klinton also made free use of the pedal, buffing out hard edges and replacing them with mist and glisten. The result? A rendition ironclad on the outside but soft and lyrical inside.”


Dinara celebrates her return to the UK where you can see her perform at St Lawrence Jewry on the 14th September!


See more press links here:

Slipped Disc
International Piano Magazine
Cleveland Classical

And you can read an interview with her ahead of the final HERE

You can watch Dinara’s final performance on Medici TV:!/cleveland-international-piano-competition-day-2

Each year, City Music Foundation opens their applications to find the next lot of City Music Foundation Artists. This year, with more applications than ever, we had a lot of work on our hands whittling them down to a more manageable 25 or so to audition in person.

With the finalists selected, the judges on their way and the lunches booked, we headed to the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo for two days of auditions. It’s non-stop from the first morning with applicants coming and going with a surprising lack of apprehension; and by the end of day 1 there are people beginning to stick out in our judges’ minds. CMF do not believe in simply rating each candidate and letting it be a numbers game, the judges deliberate, discuss and decide between each other who succeeds with an large element of flexibility and most importantly dialogue.

By the end of day 2 it is settled and the new 2016 artists have been chosen.

The first step after auditions is to inform the successful candidates and begin preparations for the official announcement of 2016 artists. When artists join the scheme they are welcomed with a reception so the artists have the chance to meet us and each other before their work really begins. Before this however, CMF have to get the photoshoot done, the reception booked and the plans for each artist set in motion. Within the first few months they have their first professional development workshop with leading figures in the both the music industry and the City. Their mentors have to be organised and arranged so that each artist can get started as soon as possible.

That is where we are at right now, here at CMF, so keep an eye out here, Twitter and Facebook and join our mailing list here for the official announcement of the new 2016 City Music Foundation Artists. Each one unique and ready to start the next stage of their professional career, we are very excited to be welcoming them to City Music Foundation.

Dinara Klinton


Lotte Betts-Dean


Mihai Ritivoiu


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