Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Patron: Ksenija Sidorova

Born in Latvia in 1988, Ksenija Sidorova was thrilled to become a patron of Awards for Young Musicians. She was encouraged to take up the accordion by her grandmother, who has roots in the folk tradition of accordion-playing. 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; she was a prize-winning undergraduate and subsequently received her Masters Degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Owen Murray. Outside the RAM her awards included a 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. The same year she was made a Recommended Artist under Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award scheme. 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 is a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians` Silver Medal, Maisie Lewis Award and was the first accordionist to win the prestigious WCoM Prince`s Prize. In May 2012 Ksenija became the first International Award winner of the Bryn Terfel Foundation.

Ksenija is also a winner of international competitions including a national talent competition in Latvia, the International Accordion Competition in Novosibirsk (Russia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Citta di Montese (Italy) and Siauliai (Lithuania). She has worked with such composers as Karl Jenkins, Hans Abrahamsen, Stefano Gervasoni, Nirmali Fenn, Samantha Fernando, Carlos Duque, Elspeth Brooke and Patrick Nunn.