Born in Latvia in 1988 Ksenija Sidorova was encouraged to take up the accordion by her grandmother. Ksenija started to play the instrument aged eight in her home town of Riga, under the guidance of Marija Gasele. Wanting more exposure to both classical and contemporary repertoire and also more concert opportunities, her studies took her to London where she was a prize‑winning undergraduate and subsequently received Masters Degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Owen Murray. Outside the RAM her awards included a Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award and Philharmonia Orchestra Friends Award.

In February 2009 Ksenija was a joint winner of Friends of the Royal Academy of Music Wigmore Award, which led to her Wigmore Hall debut on May 18, 2009. She was also selected to appear in Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series, 2009, and was described by The Times as one of the real finds of the series. She was the first accordionist to win the prestigious WCoM Prince`s Prize.

Ksenija has collaborated with the Brooks String quartet, reaching the final of the 2008 Royal Academy of Music Club Prize and the Royal Overseas League in March 2009, where they were awarded the Elias Fawcett Award for outstanding ensemble.

Recent engagements have included a performance with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, performance with Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and CBSO under Valery Gergiev, recitals at the Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), Colston Hall (Bristol), debut recital at the Lucerne Festival and other festivals in UK, France, Switzerland, Italy and Latvia. She has also appeared on the radio and television in UK and her native Latvia. More highlights include a collaboration with the Belcea quartet, recording with the Sacconi quartet, Milos Karadaglic (guitar), Avi Avital (mandolin), appearance on Nicola Benedetti's CD The Silver Violin etc.

Further recording collaborations with Milos Karadaglic, Nicola Benedetti, Karl Jenkins and Joseph Calleja and her own solo CD was released in July add to her catalogue of recordings in 2013. She appeared on the German TV show Stars von Morgen with Rolando Villazón in December 2013.

Ksenija is a keen promoter of her instrument and she has continuously done outreach work at Primary schools across the UK with the support of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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Final Concert • Saturday, 09.26.2015