Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts series: Elisabeth Turmo, violin, & Elena Toponogova, piano

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Ole Bull (1810–1880)
A mountain vision

Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935)
Norwegian Dance in D major

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
Chanson Arabe from Scheherazade (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Anatoly Lyadov (1855–1914)
Prelude in B minor for piano solo

Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major, op. 13
    I. Lento doloroso – Allegro Vivace
    II. Allegretto tranquillo
    III. Allegro animato


Elena Toponogova (pictured) is a concert pianist and chamber musician based in London. Her repertoire is primarily comprised of Russian music, with a particular focus on the music of Nikolai Medtner.

She recently won the prize for the best performance of a Prelude and Fugue by J S Bach of the Nuova Coppa International Piano Competition, Italy.

In 2017, Elena received a Master of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were generously supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation. She participated in numerous masterclasses of such world-renowned pianists as Dirk Mommertz (Faure Quartet), G.Gruzman, I.Chukovskaya and was selected to study at the Academie de Musique Riviera in Switzerland with Pavel Gililov with the support of the Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund grant.

Elena has taken part in many international festivals including the Festival of Chichester, Bloomsbury Festival and Timani Music Festival in Oslo. She has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and appeared at the prestigious Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Salzburg Wiener Saal, Amaryllis Fleming Hall, V&A Museum, St.Martin-in-the-Fields among many others.

Together with Norwegian violinist Elisabeth Turmo, Elena will release a CD dedicated to the music inspired by myths and legends in 2023.

Elena is proud to be a part of the Live Music Now initiative that brings live music to care settings and hospitals across the UK.

Elisabeth Turmo is a Norwegian violinist who recently graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. She is known for her stage presence, singing tone quality as well as the stormful temperament of a Northern Norwegian.

Elisabeth has performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles, such as the Arctic Philharmonic, Oslo Chamber Orchestra, Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra, Toppen International Festival Orchestra.

She completed her Bachelor studies at Barratt Due Institute of Music with professor Detlef Hahn. Elisabeth started learning the violin when she was seven years old with Trond Wika. At the age of 12 Elisabeth became one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Young Talents Program at the conservatory in Trondheim where she studied with professor Bjarne Fiskum. Elisabeth also plays the Norwegian National Instrument, the Harding Fiddle, and was studying with Arne Viken.

Elisabeth has also recently performed as a soloist at St James`s Piccadilly, Dulwich Picture Gallery, St Mary’s Perivale, Regent Hall, St Martin in the fields, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Palazzo Giuliari (Italy), Stormen Concert House (Bodø), and the Norwegian Opera House.

Chichester Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible.

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As well as its regular and special services, Chichester Cathedral runs a series of popular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.
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