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Award-winning Russian pianist to make Victoria debut

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Feb. 22, 2012 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2012 at 8:22 p.m.

Daria Rabotkina, a pianist, and native of Kazan, Russia, will make her Victoria debut at the Fine Arts Center on Saturday.

Daria Rabotkina was born into a family of musicians.

The Russia native gave her first recital at the age of 10.

She will make her Crossroads debut with the Victoria Symphony on Saturday, as it performs Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor.

Rabotkina's performance is part of the Victoria Symphony's Master Series concerts.

The orchestra also will perform the "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber and Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite."

"Whether someone is a music aficionado or not, they will be enchanted by her performance," said Debbie Durham, the symphony's education coordinator.

Maestro Darryl One first heard about Rabotkina, a Mannes College of Music graduate, through colleagues. He said he was impressed with Rabotkina.

"It's a great opportunity to have a young artist come to Victoria as her career is growing," One said.

Rabotkina is scheduled to work with pianist students the day before her concert.

Rabotkina won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2007 and has made solo appearances with the San Francisco and New World symphonies.

Her second solo CD was released in 2011 and features Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

The concert will include string instruments and virtuoso performances.

"People will come and see a great show," One said.



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