Theremin Recital – Olesya Rostovskaya

Hosted by: Olesya Rostovskaya

Wednesday 10th August at 7.30pm we welcome Olesya Rostovskaya to St Michael’s to give a rare recital on the Theremin – a classical electronic instrument.  We think this may well be the first professional Theremin Recital to take place in Exeter.  Please publicise and support what promises to be an interesting and exciting evening.

International soloist, Olesya Rostovskaya, will perform a varied programme of classical pieces, accompanied on piano and organ by Nigel Browne and John Draisey.  As well as favourites like Ave Maria and The Swan, she will play pieces by Rachmaninov & Khachaturian, Russian Folk music and some of her own compositions.

Free Entry, with a retiring collection to be shared between performer and the Church.

Olesya Rostovskaya is a member of the Union of Composers, an organist, carillonneur and termenvox [i.e. theremin] player; she graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire, specialising in both composition (1998, class of Professor A.S. Leman) and organ (1999, class of Professor O.G. Yanchenko). In 2000 she completed a post-graduate study and traineeship in composition, while in 2001 she completed a second post−graduate study in the organ.  She graduated from the St Petersburg State University as a carillonneur (2008, class of Professor Jo Haasen) and the Jef Denyn Royal Carillon School in the Belgian town of Mechlin  (2009).

Currently Olesya Rostovskaya is active as a composer. She has written works for symphony orchestra, chorus, organ and carillon, as well as chamber and vocal music, music for theatre and radio productions, multimedia installations and electro−acoustic compositions. Among numerous other works by Olesya Rostovskaya for termenvox and orchestra is the opera The Carriage after the work of the same name by Nikolai Gogol. Her works have been performed at the finest concert venues of Moscow and St Petersburg as well as towns and cities in Ukraine, Estonia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and other countries in Western Europe.

Olesya Rostovskaya is an organist with the Blagovest ensemble of spiritual music and a soloist with the ensembles Ars mirabilis and Duo inventum. She has worked with many orchestras, the choruses Svetilen and The Academy, the Studio of New Music ensemble and also a pan−Asian ensemble.

Olesya Rostovskaya has been a prize−winner at the Competition of Spiritual Music (1996), a diploma−recipient at the I All-Russian Competition of Young Composers (1999), a prize−winner at the Music of a New Generation festival (2000), a diploma−recipient of the All−Russian Massalitinov Competition (2005) and a prize−winner at the Piano Improvisation Competition (2006).

Poster for Theremin Recital


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB