Pianist Elena Toponogova, with string players Elisabeth Turmo and Julia Morneweg
A Musical Philanthropist

A Musical Philanthropist

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
24 Nov 2019
  • Music
Hear works by Rachmaninoff, a composer known for his support of charities.

15:00 | Free with Museum admission

Pianist Elena Toponogova, with string players Elisabeth Turmo and Julia Morneweg, present Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Trio Élégiaque no.2, the work of a man who gave much to support the Red Cross, and children in need, during the early twentieth century.

Since graduating with honours from the Royal College of Music in 2007, Julia Morneweg has quickly established a remarkably versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. The recipient of an EMI Music Foundation Award, she made her London concerto debut in 2006 performing the Elgar Concerto at St John’s Smith Square which immediately led to further engagements including a performance of Haydn’s C major Concerto with the International Mahler Orchestra at the same venue as well as Elgar with the Ternopol Philharmonic Orchestra in the Ukraine.

Elisabeth Turmo recently graduated from the Royal College of Music in London, where she took a Master in Performance. She is known for her stage presence and singing tone quality as well as conveying the stormy temperament of a Northern Norwegian. Elisabeth appeared as a soloist in the Norwegian Opera House with the Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 she played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Toppen International Festival Orchestra under the direction of conductor Nicholas Carthy, and Elisabeth’s trio received first prize in the National Norwegian Youth Competition in Oslo.

Elena Toponogova is a concert pianist from Siberia based in London. Her main interest is Russian repertoire and especially music by Nikolai Medtner. Elena recently received her Master of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were kindly supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation. She previously graduated with distinction from the Academic Music College at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was a recipient of Elina Bystritzkaya scholarship.