Join the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra on a voyage through the ups and downs of human temperament. Our odyssey will begin in the delightful Mediterranean city of Seville, where a barber tries to bring two lovers together with comical consequences. We then travel to the romantic environs of Warsaw, where Chopin himself serenaded audiences with the lyrical melodies of his first piano concerto shortly before the outbreak of the Polish-Russian War. Finally our orchestral forces march on to Russia, where Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 was performed during the Siege of Leningrad in 1941, the music rising to the heroic occasion like no other symphony.
Mishka Rushdie Momen, born in London 1992, was the youngest pupil ever admitted to the Purcell School on a full scholarship where she was a pupil of Ilana Davids and is now a postgraduate scholar and student of Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Previously Mishka studied with Imogen Cooper for 5 years as her only student and has periodically studied with Alfred Brendel and Richard Goode.
In September 2014 Mishka won 2nd Prize at the Cologne International Piano Competition and last year she was awarded the Prix Maurice Ravel at the Académie Ravel in St. Jean-de-Luz, France where she returned to give three concerts at the Ravel Festival this Spring. In 2012 she was selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform Scheme, was the sole winner in the competition for the Kenneth Loveland Gift and won First Prize in the Norah Sande Award. Previously she won First Prize in Piano at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition 2010, represented the UK at the EU Piano competition 2009, Prague where she was awarded the Chopin Prize and at 13 she won 1st Prize in the Leschetizky Concerto Competition, New York.
Mishka has given solo recitals at the Barbican Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall for the Tillett Trust, The Venue, Leeds in the Leeds International Concert Series, St. David’s Hall Cardiff and the Harrogate and Chipping Campden Festivals. Her concert experience includes most major London venues including the QEH, RFH, Purcell Room, and abroad in New York, France, Germany, Prague, and Mumbai. Mishka has been invited by Mitsuko Uchida to play in the Marlboro Festival in 2015.
Mishka is grateful for support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.