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Award-winning pianist Anastasia Rizikov returns to Nova Scotia

Eighteen-year-old Canadian piano virtuoso Anastasia Rizikov, who has given over 30 orchestral concerts around the world, performs Aug. 11 in Mahone Bay as part of the Music at the Three Churches series.
Prize-winning Canadian-based pianist Anastasia Rizikov returns to Nova Scotia to perform with cellist Shimon Walt in Mahone Bay as part of the Music at the Three Churches series Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. at St. James Church.

Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov performs Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. at St. James Church in Mahone Bay as part of the Music at the Three Churches series.

The Toronto pianist, performing with Halifax cellist Shimon Walt, is an 18-year-old prodigy.

At seven, she made her orchestral debut, and has since appeared as a soloist with major orchestras of North America and Europe.

She started competing in adult contests at age 12, winning first places over musicians twice her age, according to her website.

In 2015, she won first places at the Jaén International Piano Competition and the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, recorded a CD with Naxos and performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

In 2014, according to her website, she tackled “one of the most technically challenging piano concertos — Rachmaninoff No. 3 in D minor” with Laval Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alain Trudel.

She has given over 30 orchestral performances and 20 concerti playing with orchestras that include the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, International Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Baleares Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Toronto.

Rizikov studies with award-winning professor Maia Spis, who teaches at the Nadia Music Academy in Toronto, and has been loaned a CIX Yamaha baby grand piano by the Glenn Gould Foundation. She toured Atlantic Canada in the fall of 2013 as winner of the Debut Atlantic Award.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students, free for children 12 and under) at the door of the church on the night of the performance or in advance at Kinburn Pharmasave (Mahone Bay), Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg) or Strings and Things (Bridgewater). To reserve tickets call 902 634-4280 or email with the number of tickets required. 


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