Summer at Breinton: Fabulous Strings
Lomeiko Zhislin Duo
Natalia Lomeiko, violin
Yuri Zhislin, viola & violin
Natalia & Yuri joined by their daughter Anya
Imaan and Jamaal Kashim, violin & harp
Laura MacDonald, cello
Photographs courtesy of David Hogg of Horizon Imaging, © 2020
It was a liberating experience. On Saturday 4 July, the first day of freedom from lockdown, Summer at Breinton: Fabulous Strings with the Lomeiko Zhislin Duo was potentially the very first live, public concert with an audience for over 100 days.
The first time for the musicians to perform to real people. The first time for us to hear live music. For many, the first time to be with people from other households, albeit outdoors and staying two meters apart. The first time to feel the unusual ‘normal’ again. The first time for one of our friends, who has been in complete isolation shielding her child in the most vulnerable category, to step out of the house.
There have been a lot of opportunities to view some splendid virtual streams on almost every day by truly talented and enthusiastic musicians. However, this outdoor recital was special - there is nothing like a live performance, played directly for an audience. We feel it was a tiny step towards the normality we all desire.
We would like to thank Natalia and Yuri for being the very first musicians for Summer at Breinton series, for their braveness and brilliance, and for accepting this recital with a very short notice.
We would also like to thank Imaan, Jamaal and Laura, who also gave wonderful performances to give us joy and lift our spirit.
And thank you for our brave guests for helping us to put on this event and for celebrating the return of music to Breinton.
Watch the video excerpt from this recital: Video
Born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia, Natalia Lomeiko has established herself internationally as a versatile performing artist.
Since her debut with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of seven, Natalia performed as a soloist with many orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lord Menuhin, Philharmonia, Singapore Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Tokyo Royal Philharmonic, Moscow State Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, St.Petersburg Radio Symphony, Nice Philharmonic, Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra among many others.
Described by The Strad as a "virtuoso with a truly Romantic temperament", a violinist and violist Yuri Zhislin enjoys an active and illustrious career as soloist and chamber musician. His performances have taken him to nearly 60 countries around the globe.
A major prize-winner in the 1991 Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain, Yuri entered the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with his father and later Dr Andrievsky. In 1993, Yuri became the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year.
Jamaal Kashim is 13 years old, a harpist at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCM JD), studying with Professor Daphne Boden. He has won numerous prizes at music festivals and other competitions. This includes both the audience and judges prize at the Silk Street Sinfonia Young Soloist Competition, Junior Musician of the Year at Woking Music Festival twice, Chamber Musician of the Year with his sister Imaan at Woking Music Festival twice, the RCM JD Gordon Turner Harp Prize twice and runner up at the RCM Concerto Competition in 2019. Jamaal was also awarded the inaugural Junior Musician prize, again with sister Imaan by the Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2019.
Imaan Kashim is fifteen, a home-schooled student of the Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCM JD) where she studies violin with Professor Viktoria Grigoreva, alongside classical guitar, composition and conducting.
In recent years, Imaan has been invited to perform at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie by the American Festival of Fine Arts, in addition to being selected as finalist for Woking Young Musician, Silk Street Sinfonia’s Senior Concerto Competition, the RCM JD Marjorie Humby Competition and the Haslemere String Competition.
Laura MacDonald is a final year scholar at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Felix Schmidt. She previously studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Michal Kaznowski. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), the National Children’s Orchestras, she has played at many of the UK’s major concert halls. More recently she performed as part of the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble at the Last Night of the Proms 2016. Laura is also a passionate chamber musician having attended Pro Corda chamber music school from a young age which included performances at the Wigmore Hall. More recently she has formed a piano trio, the Torridon Trio, with fellow Academy students.
Music on arrival
- Imaan Kashim, violin
- Jamaal Kashim, harp
- Laura MacDonald, cello
- Natalia Lomeiko, violin
- Yuri Zhislin, viola & violin
- Bach: A selection of two part Inventions for violin and viola
Mozart: Duo in G major KV 423
Prokofiev: Sonata for two violins Op. 56
Haendel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia for violin and viola