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The Russian Muse - Sonya Lifschitz plays Tchaikovsky


In 1875, the editor N.M. Bernard approached Tchaikovsky with the idea of writing 12 short piano pieces, one to be published each month in his magazine Nouvelliste. Tchaikovsky titled his pieces after the months of the year, calendar snapshots on the passing of time. In so doing, they’ve become timeless.

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We'll be wheeling out Calvin Bowman's 1927 Schweighofer baby grand piano in this special performance featuring Canberra International Music Festival visiting artist Sonya Lifschitz.

Join us for a nostalgia-filled musical evening to quieten your inner revolutionary.


Tickets: $45 (includes performance, a glass of wine, bread & cheese)
Doors open 8:30pm for a 9pm performance. Performance duration approx. 40 minutes

The fine print: Please note that seating is limited and will be allocated according to booking date (first-come, best dressed etc). Due to restaurant layout some guests may be seated at a communal table. If you would like to sit with friends but are booking separately please send us an email to and we will try to accommodate your request.


About The Artist

Praised by the New York Times and The Age for her “dynamic” and “powerful” performances, Ukrainian-born pianist Sonya Lifschitz is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and creative musical voices. In 2015, Sonya made her critically acclaimed solo debut in New York’s BargeMusic series, with other season highlights including performances at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes and Spotlight series, the Melbourne, Darwin and Port Fairy Festivals, 3MBS Marathon, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and a collaboration between visual artist Angela Cavalieri, iconic Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs, and Sonya’s contemporary ensemble Press, Play, of which she is the co-founder and artistic co-director.

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