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Leokadiya Kashperova (1872–1940), consigned for decades to a footnote in musical history as Stravinsky’s piano teacher, is undergoing rediscovery as a composer in her own right. Graduating from the St Petersburg Conservatoire, she emerged as a virtuoso pianist and composer in the late romantic tradition and was associated with some of the great musicians of her day, including Mily Alexayevich Balakirev and Anton Rubinstein. She performed as a pianist in Germany and the UK in the 1900s but her compositional career was silenced after the Russian Revolution in 1917.

The Kashperova Edition now makes a wide range of her music available to performers and for audiences everywhere to appreciate her 'amazingly passionate Romantic music' (10 August 2021 - BBC Radio 3 at the Edinburgh International Festival).

These new editions of the Cello Sonatas 1 & 2 have been broadcast and recorded, whilst new editions of her Symphony and hitherto unpublished Piano Concerto have recently been issued.

Kashperova’s Romantic empathy with nature and childhood may be keenly observed in her chamber music and songs. The six-movement piano suite In the Midst of Nature (1910) in no exception in the way it uses evocations of nature to express nostalgia for her childhood in the peaceful and remote Russian countryside. In the Midst of Nature also resents an artfully graded progression, indicating that Kashperova probably shared this music with her many pupils: the early movements are within the range of the talented young player whilst the latter movements require the technique and interpretative maturity of a conservatoire student, the whole work being admirably suited to the professional recital.


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