Brunel Museum Russian Concerts – Arshak Kuzikyan and Aleksei Demchenko

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4th May 2017 @ 19:30 – 21:00 Europe/London Timezone
Thames Tunnel Shaft (Brunel Museum)
Railway Ave
London SE16
020 7231 3840

Russian Concerts with Arshak Kuzikyan and Aleksei Demchenko

The Brunel Museum is home to another concert of extraordinary performances by Arshak Kuzikyan (bass) and Aleksei Demchenko (piano). This event is part of a series of monthly concerts in partnership with the Anglo Russian Culture Club, which also organises a Russian Cinema Club at Sands Films Studios. The Brunel Museum Russian concerts are a unique opportunity to listen to classical music in an atmospheric, underground tunnel shaft, almost like an underground cathedral, this is a totally unique experience

The performance will consist of music by Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky

  • Rachmaninov – All the gipsy camp is sleeping from Aleko his first opera. Danchenko’s libretto is an adaptation of The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin and first performed in Moscow 1892. A story of love, hate revenge and abandonment.
  • Tchaikovsky – I bless you, Forests
  • Setting of a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy Rachmaninoff- Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
  • Poem by Pushkin
  • Mussorgsky – Song of the flea
  • Sviridov – Weathercock from Peterburg, a Vocal poem

    “Petersburg, a vocal poem” composed for a great singer Hvorostovsky by the distinguished Russian composer Georgi Sviridov (1915-1998), texts, by 20th century poet Alexandr Blok.

  • Songs by Babajanyan
  • Rachmaninov – Preludes from op. 23 & 32

    Considered to be among Rachmaninov’s best works for solo piano.

Arshak Kuzikyan (Bass)

Winner of First prize at the Pavel Lisitian & Tatevik Sazandaryan National Voice Competition (Armenia) and at Lez Azuriales International Singing Competition (France), Armenian bass- baritone Arshak Kuzikyan studied singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Wales International Academy of Voice, under the tutelage of renowned singer Dennis O’Neill.

Recipient of the Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2015 from Sadler’s Wells, Arshak is a Samling artist and a Georg Solti Foundation scholarship holder. He made his Wigmore Hall debut singing at the Samling Showcase in 2015. Masterclasses include with Angela Gheorghiu, Renata Scotto, Juan Pons, Richard Bonynge, Sir Thomas Allen and Malcom Martineau.

His wider engagements have included Dulcamara, L’elisir d’amore (International Opera Studio Gijon, Spain), Colline, La Boheme (International Opera Studio Gijon, Spain), Sir. John Falstaff, Sir John in love (RCS), Leporello, Don Giovanni (Armenian Opera Theatre), Publio, La clemenza di Tito, (RCS)  Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro (Trentino music festival, Italy and RCS).

Current engagements include Arshak’s professional debut in Italy singing Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore in Florence and joining the Solti Accademia in Venice at the repetiteur’s master course concert.


Aleksei Demchenko

Aleksei Demchenko is currently a first year student on Master of Performance degree at Royal College of Music.

Aleksei was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan (USSR), where he started playing the piano at the age of six. In 1998 he moved to Kaliningrad, where he studied for six years at the Shostakovich Music School under the tutelage of Sadovskaya Olga. She was the person who noticed potential of a young boy and immediately started to prepare him for the first piano competition in his life. There Aleksei took 2nd prize. Whilst preparing he met Vladimmir Slobodyan, Honored Artist of Russia, who has had major influence on Aleksei’s artistic life and became his mentor.

In 2004 Aleksei has graduated from Shostakovich Musick School and continued his education at the Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, where he began his studies under Slobodyan’s guidence. During these 4 years he did his first serious steps in music career participating in both local and international festivals and competitions such as 1st Bluthner competition in Kaliningrad, Russia (3rd prize) and ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ in Kaunas, Lithuania (1st prize). In 2005 Aleksei has been acknowledged as a very talented and upcoming musician and has been honored a grant for his outstanding achievements in by local government.

At the end of 2007 after graduating with honors from Rachmaninoff College of Music in Kaliningrad, Aleksei has decided to enroll into one of the most prestigious universities- Moscow State Conservatory. Throughout the whole experience he had encouragement and support from Vladimir Slobodyan.

For the next five years in Moscow Aleksei’s tutor at the conservatory was Irina Osipova, Honored Artist of Russia.

During his studies in Moscow, Aleksei had an honor to meet and to play on master classes of famous musicians such as, Boris Bloch, Anne Oland, Dmitry Bashkirov, and Dina Yoffe. All of them said at once that Aleksei is a very talented musician with a bright future ahead of him.

In 2016 he became an artist of Talent Unlimited trust. At the present, Aleksei is a student of well-known piano professor of the world – Dmitri Alexeev.

International engagement includes several appearances on festivals in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, England. Aleksei worked also as an accompanist with such well known sopranos as Alina Yarovaya, Svetlana Kasyan, Galina Averina. He performed concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov several times with Kaliningrad’s Symphonic Orchestra.

In 2012 Aleksei Demchenko became a scholar of LSR Group and it’s general director Andrei Molchanov, who is still providing him support and every help for his future career.

Future engagement includes concerts in England, Russia & France.




Russian Concerts take place every 1st Thursday of the month

Brunel Museum Shaft, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF

The venue: Brunel Museum Sinking Shaft

The Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum

The Thames Tunnel Shaft at the Brunel Museum

This atmospheric, underground tunnel shaft is a totally unique experience

Part of the fascinating Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, this place is like an extraordinary underground cathedral. The performance area is an incredible cylindrical shaft built by Brunel as pedestrian entrance to the Thames Tunnel. This is a unique and atmospheric show. New improved access by ramp and full height doorway gives to a staircase down to the lower chamber. A viewing platform high inside the shaft offers balcony seating for a limited number of people: priority given to those with impaired mobility or using a wheelchair. S

Facilities at this venue include:

  • Toilets in the main museum
  • Museum
  • Café  and Art Galley open every day
  • Midnight Apothecary pop up bar (weekends only)

Please note that the temperature in the tunnel shaft may be cool, so bring some warm clothes. If you have a problem with stairs please let the company know and they can book you seats in the high level viewing platform.  @BrunelMuseum  BrunelMuseum



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