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World-Class Ukrainian Pianist at Shrewsbury Abbey Concert
19 Apr 2022

World-class Ukrainian pianist Dinara Klinton is to conclude a series of top-quality fundraising concerts for the Ukraine in Shrewsbury, which have so far raised over £5,000. 

Organisers say that word of Ukraine fundraising in Shrewsbury has spread around the classical pianist community and that famous players are keen to contribute their talents. 

The final addition to the lineup, Dinara Klinton, is a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London - she will play Beethoven's last piano sonata (no.32) and the Ukrainian composer Prokofiev's 8th Sonata at the final fundraising concert, at Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday, May 7. 

A few days later, Dinara plays the same programme at the Wigmore Hall to be recorded for the BBC. 

Although admission is free, donations are encouraged directly to DEC Ukraine so gift-aid can be added. No tickets needed, but please tell the organisers on the door how much you have donated, so this can be added to the total raised.

The series of concerts has been organised by retired GP Dr Peter Barritt, who is delighted to bring world-class music to Shrewsbury, including most recently the brilliant 22-year-old Italian pianist Pietro Fresa, who played at St Alkmund's during the Shrewsbury Ukraine Musical Weekend.

Peter described the support for the musical weekend as 'absolutely fantastic', adding that the generosity of local people had been amazing.

"Famous musicians love coming to play in the town because of the warmth of audiences and their knowledge of classical music," he said.

"We are hoping to raise a total of £10,000 for DEC Ukraine with this final concert of five organised to raise funds. The government will match all donations, so that a total of £20,000 is within reach. The money will provide much-needed humanitarian aid to all those poor innocent folk suffering from the Russian invasion.

"The churches and congregations of Shrewsbury that include St Chad's, St Alkmund's and The Abbey have all organised the recitals without charge and have shown tremendous generosity and enthusiastic help that has enabled these events to take place."

Peter added that the pianists who have already played without charge will all be invited back to Shrewsbury at a later date for paid perfomances as a thank you for their support for Ukraine.

Peter's series of autumn International Piano Recitals aims to encourage and support the best young pianists from around the world to provide income and help to establish their reputations. Peter works closely with Christopher Axworthy from The Keyboard Charitable Trust (which shares the same aims) and increasingly with The Shropshire Music Trust.

He has performances scheduled for the Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt on October 2nd 2022 at 2.30pm in St Chads Church and from the Georgian pianist Mariam Batsashvili on October 30th at 2.30pm in St Chads Church. Anyone wishing to be informed of these recitals can contact Peter at petebarritt@hotmail.com

Dinara Klinton’s performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Études is astonishing. She is a real virtuoso, a born pianist, a very natural player” -
Sir András Schiff

About Dinara Klinton

Dinara’s music education started in the age of five in her native Kharkiv, Ukraine. She graduated with highest honours from the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky and was a joint winner at the 2006 Busoni Piano Competition.

She went on to complete her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music under Dina Parakhina and was the inaugural recipient of the highly prestigious RCM Benjamin Britten Fellowship. 

Dinara embarked on a busy international concert schedule, appearing at many festivals including the “Progetto Martha Argerich” in Lugano, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Proms and “La Roque d’Antheron”. 

She has performed at many of the world’s major concert venues, including the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, New York 92Y, Cleveland Severance Hall, Tokyo Sumida Triphony Hall, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. 

Her concerto engagements include The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Svetlanov State Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dinara combines her performing career with piano professor positions at the Royal College of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

As a recording artist, she has received widespread critical acclaim. Her album of Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante, released by the German label GENUIN classics, resulted in dazzling reviews and was selected by BBC Music Magazine as Recording of the Month. Dinara’s debut album ‘Music of Chopin and Liszt’ was made at the age of 16 with the American label DELOS. Her third CD forms part of the renowned recording series of Chopin’s complete works on contemporary instruments released by The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Poland. Her latest CD is ‘Prokofiev Complete Piano Sonatas’ released by Piano Classics.

  • The Dinara Klinton concert will take place at Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday, May 7th at 6.30pm, with a retiring collection in aid of DEC Ukraine (no tickets needed).