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The Second Prokofiev Festival in London. Sergei Prokofiev is a father of the artist Oleg Prokofiev.



25 - 28 MAY 2021

25 May 7pm Pushkin House - Bartholomew LaFollette (cello) &
Yulia Chaplina (piano) Prokofiev, Schostakovich, Babadjianian,Rachmaninov
26 May 7pm Kings Place -
Thomas Gould (violin) & Yulia Chaplina (piano) Prokofiev, Schostakovich, Weinberg - Behind the Iron Curtain
27 May 630pm Russian Cultural Centre - Amateurs Concert
Prokofiev, Scriabin, Schostakovich, Lyadov, Rachmaninov, Szymanowski, Ligeti
27 May 8pm Russian Cultural Centre - Young Artists Concert
Gubaidulina, Medtner, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov 
28 May 730pm Russian Cultural Centre - Children's Concert
Tchaikovsky, Gliere, Prokofiev, Schostakovich, Rachmaninov



Tuesday, 25 May 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5a Bloomsbury Square,
London, United Kingdom


Piotr Tchaikovsky, Sentimental Waltz, 'None but the lonely heart' arr. for cello and piano

Sergei Rachmaninov, 'Elegy' for piano solo

Arno Babadjainan, ‘Give me back the music’ for piano solo

Dmitri Schostakovich, Selected Pieces for film music for piano solo

Sergei Prokofiev, Sonata for cello and piano op. 119

Sergei Rachmaninov, 'Vocalise' arr. for cello and piano


Bartholomew LaFollette has a rich and varied career as a solo cellist and chamber musician. Last season he made his debut with the BBC Philharmonic on 6 hours notice playing Dvořák's Cello Concerto which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His debut CD of Brahms’s Sonatas for Cello and Four Serious Songs with pianist Caroline Palmer was released to critical acclaim on the Champs Hill label, with Gramophone praising it’s "technical finesse and interpretative insight" and The Strad writing "The dolce at the end of the Adagio is heart-wrenching."

Hailed by the Irish Times for being “as free in touching the heartstrings as he was in dashing off dazzling runs”, Bartholomew's highlights with orchestra include appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia, Dvořák's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and performances of the Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall. He has also performed Brahms’s Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznań Philharmonic in Poland and Shostakovich 1 with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

Recent performances have included chamber music appearances alongside Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester at their Peasmarsh Festival as well as a series of concerts with the acclaimed Danish String Quartet around the USA and Canada. Bartholomew also joined the Sitkovetsky Trio on tour throughout Australia to glowing reviews including "When LaFollette played the theme first heard in the piano, with a glassy faraway look and invested it with soulful meaning, the audience was in the trio's thrall."

Bartholomew's musical collaborators have included Caroline Palmer, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova, Jennifer Stumm, Roman Simovic, András Keller, Ferenc Rados, Anthony Marwood and many others.

As a YCAT artist (Young Classical Artists Trust) from 2007-2011, Bartholomew gave numerous performances at the Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival and Bridgewater halls. He went on to win first prize at The Arts Club's and Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award. Bartholomew was also the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Ardán Award.

Born in Philadelphia, Bartholomew LaFollette has lived in Britain since the age of 13. He trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and later the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At the age of twenty-six he was appointed Professor of Cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Bartholomew is artistic director of the Marryat Players International Chamber Music Festival, now in its seventh year, which takes place in Wimbledon Village.

Bartholomew plays a Giovanni Dollenz cello from 1841 and an F.X.Tourte from 1790 for which he is particularly grateful to the Stradivari Trust.

Yulia Chaplina

Born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia), London-based Yulia gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively in Europe and Asia. Described by International Piano Magazine as ‘quintessentially Russian’ and ‘with technical fluency and rich tonal shading reminiscent of the great Communist era artists such as Emil Gilels’, Yulia is the winner of 7 international piano competitions. Since winning the First Prize & the Gold Medal in the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians, she has performed regularly as a soloist in many of the world's finest venues, including the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and many other concert halls.

Yulia’s solo CD of Russian Music, recorded by Champs Hill Records, was described by the American Record Guide as "....an outstanding disc and one I’ll return to often", adding that "Russian born and trained Yulia Chaplina brings to her playing more than a lifetime of acquaintance with this music."

Yulia holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arts (Berlin), and a Masters in Music & Fellowship from the RCM (London). Yulia received music coaching from Mstislav Rostropovitch, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Paul Badura-Skoda, David Waterman, Steven Isserlis, Thomas Adès and Liliya Zilberstein.

Yulia is a regular music contributor for Russian Arts & Culture and has written extensively for many UK music publications, including Gramophone, Pianist, International Piano, BBC Classical Music Magazine as well as publications in Russia and Germany. She has recently published a series of interviews ('Musicians in Isolation') to inspire young musicians during the current lockdown period, featuring Sir András Schiff, Maxim Vengerov, Imogen Cooper, Steven Isserlis and Alina Ibragimova.

Yulia is also the presenter of the "Pianist Platform" where her guests include Alfred Brendel, Pierre - Laurent Aimard, Marc - Andre Hamelin, Imogen Cooper, Barry Douglas, Paul Lewis, Barry Cooper, John Suchet, David Waterman, heads of Keyboard from UK's top conservatoires and schools such as: RAM, Guildhall School of Music of Drama, RNCM, Trinity Laban, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Birmingham conservatoire, Chetham's School of Music, Eton College, Harrow School, Dulwich College, Radley school and many others.

Yulia is a passionate teacher herself and has given many recitals and masterclasses in international music festivals, as well as at the Royal College of Music and in leading UK schools. She has recorded piano syllabus pieces for both the ABRSM and Trinity Piano Examination Boards as well as recording accompaniments for the Trinity Vocal syllabus. Yulia was a member of the selection panel for the Trinity College London Examination Board in 2018 and 2020. She has been invited to participate as a jury member in several music competitions in the UK, Russia and Italy. Yulia is the artistic director of the Prokofiev Festival in London.

This is event is part of the 2nd London Prokofiev Festival


The Second Prokofiev Festival: Yulia Chaplina

It’s always a pleasure to highlight special events, and this one is particularly exciting as it’s actually taking place ‘live’. Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina is the Artistic Director of The Second Prokofiev Festival to be held at the end of May in London. In this article, she offers a sneak preview, and reminds us of the importance of live music events. Over to Yulia…

I am excited to announce that the Second Prokofiev Festival will take place from 25 – 28th May, across several London music venues: Kings Place, Russian House and Pushkin House. It has been a most difficult time for every one of us, especially without live music. So, immediately after the prime minister’s announcement about the roadmap out of lockdown, I was determined to make this year’s Second Prokofiev Festival a ‘live’ event.

Being an artistic director is always a unique and wonderful experience. I have now been artistic director at quite a few festivals; ‘The Music of the Russian Revolution’, ‘Debussy and his Contemporaries’,  and the ‘Liszt Festival’, to name a few. But, being the Artistic Director of the Prokofiev Festival is really a very special occasion for me: it’s a huge honour to be collaborating with the descendants of the Prokofiev family in London. I am very grateful to all of the family, and especially Gabriel Prokofiev, for their continuous support.

This year’s highlights include a concert entitled ‘Behind the Iron Curtain’ to be held at Kings Place. Taking place on May 26th,  I will play Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano Op. 94aWaltz No. 2 from Jazz Suite no. 2 and the Romance from Gadfly by Schostakovich with Thomas Gould (violin), pieces from Childrens’ Notebooks by Weinberg, and also some selected arrangements from Shostakovich’s film music.

I’m also joined by Bartholomew LaFollette (cello) to play Prokofiev’s wonderful Cello Sonata in C major Op. 119 at Pushkin House on the previous day. Also this year we have ‘Talented Children’ and ‘Amateur Pianists’ concerts, and I am very excited about these new additions to the Festival.

I love playing Russian music in the UK and am proud that in this year’s programme we have a few Russian composers, such as Lyadov, Medtner, Gubaidulina, whose works are not performed very often.

It’s been a challenge to plan a festival of five concerts in four days during these strange times, but I am incredibly thankful to all the concert venue’s planning teams and to the performers, because all of these programmes have been put together in less than a month.

Now the only challenge left, I believe, is for the audience! Each venue still operates at a reduced capacity, and I am happy to say that the tickets are nearly all gone.

Hope to see you there!


Yulia Chaplina and Thomas Gould: Behind the Iron Curtain


Date & start time:

Wed 26 May – 7pm



Kings Place Hall One - GA

Shostakovich (arr. Chaplina)

Pieces from Ballet Suites for solo piano


Extracts from film scores incl. The Gadfly and Michurin for solo piano


‘Waltz No. 2’ from Jazz Suite No. 2 for violin & piano


‘Romance’ from The Gadfly for violin and piano


Children's Notebook for solo piano (excerpts)


Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

Yulia Chaplina


Thomas Gould


We are pleased to be able to open our doors again and offer you performances in a safe environment.

Versatile violinist Thomas Gould joins forces with ‘quintessentially Russian’ pianist Yulia Chaplina for a programme that dives into the music of Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Weinberg, written at the height of the Soviet Empire. Feel the desperation of artists trapped in an authoritarian regime and decipher their hidden meanings.

Weinberg’s Pieces from the Children’s Notebook (1944-45) give us a glimpse into his troubled childhood, as an orphan of the Holocaust, who fled to the USSR and became a close friend of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Shostakovich’s acidly comic Ballet Suites and film music offer a popular take on the ‘happy and joyous’ life of an ordinary Soviet citizen, providing a unique contrast with Prokofiev’s violin sonata. This exquisite sonata was premiered by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin in 1946, coached by the composer himself. During rehearsals, Oborin played a certain passage marked forte too gently for Prokofiev’s liking, who said ‘It should sound in such a way that people would jump out of their seats, and say “Is he out of his mind?”.’

Violinist Thomas Gould has forged a distinguished career as a soloist, leader and director.  With a fluency across a number of different genres, Thomas has become a highly sought-after collaborator, raising the bar for versatility on his instrument. Thomas joined Britten Sinfonia as co-leader in 2006, becoming one of its leaders in 2016. He regularly directs projects from the violin, and has been engaged as a guest director with Sinfonietta Riga, Kölner Kammerorchester, ACO Collective, European Union Youth Orchestra, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia.

Described by International Piano Magazine as ‘quintessentially Russian’ and ‘with technical fluency and rich tonal shading reminiscent of the great Communist era artists such as Emil Gilels’, Yulia Chaplina is the winner of 7 international piano competitions. Since winning the First Prize and the Gold Medal in the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians, she has performed regularly as a soloist in many of the world’s finest venues, including the Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and many other concert halls.


May 27
Prokofiev Festival Amateur Concert

Date and time

Thu, May 27, 2021

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM BST



1 FLOOR 37 High Street Kensington

London, W8 5ED, United Kingdom

Amateur pianists play works by Prokofiev, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky Part of 2 London Prokofiev Festival in London 26 - 28 May

About this event

Miguel de Blas, Shostakovich's Prelude and Fugue No. 4 in E Minor Opus 87

Fabienne Lassagne, Scriabin Nocturne for the Left Hand op. 9; Shostakovitch Three Fantastic Dances op.5

Roger Press, Ligeti Musica Ricercata

Kirill Volynski, Prokofiev, Montagues and Capulets op. 75, No 6; Rachmaninov Prelude op. 23 no 6

Alexandra Holt, Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue in A Op.87 No7

Ting Ho, Glinka - Balakirev The Lark

Anthony Hardwicke, Scriabin Selected Etudes

Vincent Cerdan, Scriabin: Prelude for the left hand, op. 9 n.1

Andrew Marris, Rachmaninov - Prelude in C# Minor (Bells of Moscow), op 3, no 2; Prelude in D, op 23, no 4; Prelude op 32, no 10 in B minor

Joshua Leff, F. Poulenc Napoli Suite

Dorottya Nagy, Debussy: Arabesque no. 2

Julie Fung, Prokofiev Visions fugitives Op. 22 no 2, 11, 14

Svetlana Egorova, Scriabin, Etude, Op 2. no. 1; Szymanowski, Etude no. 3 from 'Four Etudes', op. 4

Tickets include presents for performers & and free admission to Young Artists Concert later that evening.

UPDATE: Sadly no reception is possible due to Covid regulations .


MAY 27

Young Artists Concert

Date and time

Thu, May 27, 2021

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM BST



1 FLOOR 37 High Street Kensington

London, W8 5ED, United Kingdom

About this event

HyunJeong Hwang (South Korea), Sofia Gubaidulina Chaconne

Louis-Victor Bak (France), Alexander Scriabin: Préludes No. 4, 3, 6 Op. 17; Sergei Rachmaninov: Etude-Tableau Op.39 No. 9

Siyu Sun (New Zealand), Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata no. 7

Junyan Chen, Sofia Gubaidulina Piano Sonata

Matthew McLachlan (UK), Alexander Scriabin - Preludes op.11 & Nikolai Medtner Fairytales op.9

Kerry Waller (Canada), Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata no. 8

This event is part of the 2ND PROKOFIEV FESTIVAL


MAY 28
Prokofiev Festival Children's Concert

Date and time
Thu, May 28, 2021
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM BST
1 FLOOR 37 High Street Kensington
London, W8 5ED, United Kingdom

About this event

Masha Berezutskaya (Fulham Primary School), Medtner Fairytale in F minor; Lyadov Mazurka in F minor

Tailor Lai (Dulwich College), Gliere Prelude op. 43

Orson Combrinck (Little Ealing Primary School), Tchaikovsky Douce rêverie; Prokofiev Tarantella; Shostakovich Waltz no 2. from Jazz Suite no. 2

Emma Parenzee (Davenant School), Rachmaninov Elegie op. 3 no. 1

Isabella Denny (West London Free School), Kapustin Sonatina Op.100

Jonathon Cheng (Kings College Wimbledon), Rachmaninov - Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, 1st Movement, Op. 36 (1931 Edition)

Reis Luca Fernandes (Kings College Wimbledon), Debussy Reverie

Ryan Wang (Eton College), Debussy Reflets dans l'eau

Calvin Leung (St Paul's Boys School), Prokofiev Sonata no. 3 in A - minor


Yulia Chaplina (Piano) - Schubert Impromptus


Yulia Chaplina (Piano) - D. Shostakovich, Sentimental Waltz


Thomas Gould and Ivana Gavric - Janacek Violin Sonata 1st Movt


Yulia Chaplina (Piano) - Scriabin Etude Op.8 No12


Yulia Chaplina (Piano) - Shostakovich Melancholy Ditty from operetta Moscow - Cheremyshki


Thomas Gould and Yulia Chaplina - Prokofiev Violin Sonata 1 Mov, Op. 80 (excerpt)


Thomas Gould and Yulia Chaplina - Prokofiev Violin Sonata Op. 80 (excerpt)


Thomas Gould and Yulia Chaplina - Shostakovich Waltz No. 2 from Jazz Suite No. 2


Kol Nidrei by Cala Records, 2013

CELLOPHONY: 007 by Cellophony Cello Octet, 2015

News About Oleg Prokofiev And His Family

Cordelia Prokofiev wrote to us in May 2021: "Excitingly a book has been published of Oleg’s poetry: https://www.labirint.ru/books/781237/
It is currently only in Russian and was complied by Dmitry Smirnov and Ilya Kukui. Very sadly Dmitry died of Covid-19 last year."

Oleg Prokofiev: "Candle of words. Poetic works"

Author: Oleg Prokofiev
Publisher: Academic Studies Press, 2020

Annotation to the book "Candle of words. Poetic works"
This edition for the first time in exhaustive completeness presents the poetic heritage of the artist Oleg Sergeevich Prokofiev (1928-1998). Born in Paris, the son of the great composer, Prokofiev lived the first (most) part of his life in Moscow, the second in England. Biographically belonging to the culture of Soviet nonconformism, and then to the emigration of the third wave, Prokofiev occupied a special place everywhere, remaining in the shadow of his more prominent contemporaries during his lifetime. His "quiet" poetry, developing in the author's mature years the tradition of free verse, does not lose its significance and is a unique example of the artistic world, almost completely hidden from the eyes of readers until now, and only with the appearance of this book comes to the surface.
Compiled by Ilya Kukui, Dmitry Smirnov-Sadovsky.
More details: https://www.labirint.ru/books/781237/


Oleg Prokofiev Trust


Welcome to the Oleg Prokofiev Trust.
The Oleg Prokofiev Trust is a grant-giving charity set up in memory of Oleg Prokofiev, son of the composer Sergei Prokofiev. Its funds are directed primarily for the purpose of helping to support music performance projects and the advancement of the arts and education in music worldwide for the public benefit, in particular in relation to the work of Sergei Prokofiev.

​Charity no. 1156800

The majority of grants are for musical performances, and applications can be made by the individual performers or promoters. Applications are also considered by those who are requesting a grant to support their music research.

Grant applications for research can only be considered for postgraduate or PHD level researchers or equivalent and cannot include the researcher’s living costs; a specific outline of the nature of the research and how the grant would be used needs to be provided.

The size of the grant ranges from £200 to £5,000.

We are very sad to announce that Rupert Prokofiev died in January 2017.


He was a committed Trustee, passionate about music and the arts. Rupert is sorely missed by his family and friends.

9 February 1985 - 2 January 2017. 

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