||Sonata in C major, Hob XVI/50
||Mazurkas Op 17 No 4 & Op 7 No 1
||Mazurkas Op 24 & Op 66
||Impromptu in B flat major, Op 142 No 3, D935
||Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 in C sharp minor
Friday 27th March 2020 at 7.30 pm
The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)
Kazakh - British pianist Dina Duisen was born into a family of musicians in Almaty, Kazakhstan. At the age of five, Dina started studying piano at Kulyash Bayseitova State Special School for Gifted Children together with her two brothers Ordabek and Ilyas, who are both violinists. By the age of thirteen she had made her debut with the Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from school, Dina continued her studies at the Kazakh National Academy of Music, graduating with distinction in 2005, before being awarded a full scholarship on the Artist Diploma programme at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, from which she graduated in 2008. At the same time, Dina was invited to work as a teacher of music at the Texas Wesleyan University. In September 2008, Dina started studying for the new Master of Arts Degree in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Christopher Elton, Hamish Milne and Kathryn Stott, and graduated with distinction in 2011.
Along with her brother Ordabek, Dina has been playing chamber music as part of the Duisen Duo in the UK, Italy, USA and at The Presidential Centre of Culture in Kazakhstan. Dina has performed is at Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, King’s Place, Milton Court, Cadogan Hall, The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. In April, 2011 Dina had a concert as a guest artist at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, USA, and in 2012 Dina performed Prokofiev's 1st Piano Concerto at the Season Opening Concert of Astana Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014, she gave the Asian premiere of 'Mazurkas' by British composer Thomas Adès. She has been the resident class pianist at the IMS Prussia Cove and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, currently working at the Royal College of Music. In October, 2016 Dina performed with two principal clarinetists Franklin Cohen (former principal clarinet of Cleveland Orchestra) and Chris Richards (principal clarinet of London Symphony Orchestra). In 2017 Dina joined Sinfonia Cymru for Twisted Rhythms: Mark-Anthony Turnage Birthday Concert at the Vibrate Festival. Dina was invited to make her debut at George Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Mercury Quartet. She regularly plays with the BBC Young Musician of the Year - Martin James Bartlett. In October, 2018 she made her debut at Cadogan Hall in a dramatised concert 'Byron: Angel & Outcast' with actors Simon Russell Beale and Rob Heaps.
Dina released her solo debut album 'Mazurkas from Chopin to Adès' which was recorded at Kings Place with the Grammy-award winning producer Andrew Keener.