veronika shoot - pianist
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Remarkable young pianist, Veronika Shoot gave a stunning recital of
virtuosity with great assurance, sensitivity and courage. – Herald Express

 



Acclaimed by Yehudi Menuhin at just 6 years old as 'destined to become a great pianist', Russian-born Veronika Shoot moved to England aged 5, after her father was appointed Composer-in-Residence at Dartington Hall.

Since her debut piano recital at the age of 7 in Dartington International Summer School Veronika's piano career has taken her for worldwide performances and tours.

She has given concerts extensively throughout UK, and has performed in the major London concert halls, including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John's Smith Square and Purcell Room.
Other countries she has performed in include France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Israel, Turkey, and South America.
Veronika is a laureate of international competitions such as the Yamaha International Piano Competition and the Two Moors Festival, and has also been a recipient of many prizes and awards, including the Frederic Jackson Award, Michael Hamburg and Elise Campbell Prize.

Veronika's performances with orchestra include piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Saint Saens, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Gershwin and others with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Torbay Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and Les Voix Nouvelles. Conductors she has worked with include Christian Kluxen, Joachim Gustaffson and Tom Hammond, Diego Masson , Jean-Louis Gosselin, Roderick Dunk.

Alongside her solo career Veronika enjoys playing a wide range of chamber repertoire and has collaborated with many instrumentalists and singers around the world.

She has performed Chausson concerto for piano, violin and String quartet with violinist Jack Liebeck at the Opera Gabriel at the Chateau de Versailles and has toured the Netherlands, UK, Hungary, and South America with violinist Leonard Schreiber, most recently performing Martinu's double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra with the Bogota Filarmonica in Bogota, Colombia which received much critical acclaim. She has also performed a set of specially commissioned works with the Dante quartet.

As well as having solo recitals in Spain and Germany her recent projects included an invitation from Concordia Foundation for a tour in India, Sri Lanka and Greece with tenor Richard Rowe and soprano Helen Massey as Trio “Opera Barcarola ”.


She studied with full scholarships at the Yehudi Menuhin and Purcell Schools of Music, with the renowned Russian pianists and professors Irina Zaritskaya, and Tatiana Sarkissova who remained her teacher during her later studies.

At the age of 12, she was invited to the Hague where a live CD recording was produced by the Young Pianist Foundation label under the distinguished patronage of Vladimir Ashkenazy, featuring works by Bach and Brahms. She also travelled to Turkey for the International Mozart Festival where she played solo and chamber music.

In 2011 Veronika graduated with a first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music, followed by completing a Masters degree in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under a full scholarship in 2013.

Raised into a family of musicians, Veronika’s father and brother both composers, she has always also been curious to explore and perform a wide scope of contemporary music. For the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich in 2006, she was invited to give a live performance on BBC RADIO 3 playing his preludes, and pieces written by her father, the composer Vladislav Shoot. She has also been broadcast on BBC spotlight News, and ITV.



To commemorate the 100 year Scriabin anniversary 2015, Veronika celebrated a programme of all Russian works in solo recitals in UK and made her debut in Hamburg Schnittke Academie.


Veronika has always had a connection with the collaborative arts and is working on projects to combine art, poetry and music. Her mother, Irina Shoot is an artist and worked on the design of Veronika's 'live performances debut CD 'Silhouettes'.


In December 2017, Veronika will be recording her new album, featuring childhood-inspired music with Ulysses Arts label in The Menuhin Hall.