Russian pianist Tatiana Stupak has since 2016 held a charity concert in Limassol in June, to celebrate her birthday. This year, because of Covid restrictions on audience numbers, she will hold concerts on three successive evenings, for an audience limit of 284 people each evening at the Rialto Theatre, on Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June. There will be a different musical theme each evening.
On Wednesday 10th, she will accompany the mezzo-soprano singer Anastasia Maximova, in a programme of well-known music, including some operatic arias.
Thursday will be a string evening, with Stupak, and the brilliant string players, Olivera Rialas (violin), and the Italian cellist, Fabio Cavaggion.
Friday 11th will be an evening of music on various instruments, by students of the Tatiana Stupak School of Music.
Net proceeds of the three concerts will be given to the Holy Temple of the Archangel Michael & the Chapel of St Matrona Monovolikos, Limassol.
Tickets (€15) can be bought at the theatre’s box office (but not on the nights of the concerts), and on-line from https://rialto.interticket.com.
Starting times: 7.30 p.m.
Tatiana Stupak started learning the piano at age five, studying at the Special School of the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, and after that, for a further five years, continuing at the Conservatory itself. She is the winner of many awards and music competitions, for piano and organ.
Stupak is very well known in Cyprus, having played piano at more than 80 events in the last few years, both as a solo pianist and accompanying other musicians. Since 2018, she has played piano solos at The Big Choir Project concerts.
She arranges charity concerts for children and for the church, and brings famous musicians from Russia, for example from the Bolshoi Theatre.
She opened the Tatiana Stupak School of Music in 2018, where students can enter for examinations in the U.K., set by the Royal Schools of Music and by Trinity College. Students may also take part in public concerts, to gain experience in performing before audiences.
In 2018, Stupak won awards on being chosen in competition, as Russian Cultural Woman of the Year in Cyprus.
In the summer of 2019, having organised fund-raising concerts on several occasions for the Institute of Neurology and Genetics, she was invited to play piano solos at a concert at the Presidential Palace, where President Anastasiades presented her with an award on behalf of the Institute. She has won many other awards for her work in Cyprus.
She has been interviewed many times on Cyprus radio and TV channels. Early in 2020 she was interviewed on the subject of children and music, and the interview was shown on Smile TV; previously she appeared live on TV ONE’s charity show, DanSing for You, not as a pianist, but as a dancer. In June last year, she was interviewed by RIK1 TV, about her life in music and also about one of her sports, which is mountaineering. Also during 2020, over a period of a few weeks, she made live Internet broadcasts, giving illustrated talks about ten classical music composers.
She maintains two YouTube channels: one for herself, and another for her music school.
Anastasia Maximova is an opera singer, and graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She is well known as a song writer, including pop songs and as a film composer. Maximova is also a founder and art director of the first Russian interactive opera theatre “Midnight Opera”, where the soloists involve the audience to take part in the opera performance. She has performed in concerts all over Russia and in European countries: Italy, France, England, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus. She has often performed with her solo programme of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov arias and romances. Apart from her amazing voice, she also has the strongest stage energy, which fascinates audiences everywhere.
Olivera Rialas graduated from Belgrade University, and continued her studies at the “Franz Liszt Academy of Music” in Budapest. She had a distinguished performing career, touring throughout Europe, China and in the USA, where she played several times at Carnegie Hall. She was a violin professor at the University of Nĭs College of Music. As well as performing, she has been teaching, in 2001 at the Long Island Conservatory, and was appointed as Chair of the String Department from 2002-2004. She taught at a master class in 2005 at the State University of New York College, in Old Westbury. She is founder of the “Performing Arts Factory”, in Belgrade. Since moving to Cyprus, she has continued her performing and teaching career.
Fabio Cavaggion graduated from the Music Conservatory of 'F. Cilea' in Reggio Calabria, Italy, in 1991. He took his master’s degree, and joined the National Youth Orchestra of Santa Cecilia. He has had a distinguished career with orchestras in Italy, Malta and Portugal. In July 2014, he worked with the famous actress Valentina Cortese in Theatre Argentina in Rome, playing in the presence of the Italian President George Napolitano. He co-operated with the French Ambassador, Catherine Colonna, in order to play Sebastian Bach at the French Embassy in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, in remembrance of M. Rostropovich`s playing at the Berlin Wall as it was being knocked down, in 1989. Later in his career, he decided to quit playing in orchestras, in order to try something different, playing in open spaces.