RUSSIAN-BORN PIANIST VERONIKA SHOOT PRESENTS DEBUT ALBUM ‘JOURNEY THROUGH CHILDHOOD’ – SCHUMANN, DEBUSSY, SHOSTAKOVICH, KORNGOLD, VLADISLAV SHOOT, TAKEMITSU AND LYADOV
Ulysses Arts is delighted to launch Journey through Childhood by Russian-born pianist Veronika Shoot on 10 May 2019. The album is a unique exploration of children’s music, and compositions inspired by childhood.
Veronika Shoot’s sonic picture of childhood features a vast array of musical styles, interweaving well-known masterpieces including Debussy’s Children’s Corner and Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood, alongside rarely played classics by Korngold, Takemitsu and Shostakovich, and the first ever recording of Children’s Album by composer Vladislav Shoot, the artist’s father. Journey through Childhood aims to capture and inspire the imagination of both adults and children.
Veronika Shoot comments: ‘I was inspired to create Journey Through Childhood by my father Vladislav Shoot’s Children’s Album. I have played these pieces since my earliest days as a pianist and find myself returning time and again to the beauty, playfulness and intricate visual narratives of each composition. I intended the album to illustrate a varied landscape of the earliest years of human experience and its imaginative power. It is my vision to create a fresh perspective into the vast world of great children’s music, much still little known. As Saint-Exupéry wrote in The Little Prince, “… All grown-ups were children once although few of them remember it…” I would like to dedicate Journey Through Childhood to the inner child in every one of us, in the hope that it provides a door to explore that world and all its creative possibilities.’
Described by Yehudi Menuhin as ‘destined to become a great pianist’, Veronika Shoot was born in Moscow and moved to the UK when Vladislav Shoot was invited to become Artist in Residence at Dartington Hall in 1993. She studied at the Menhuin and Purcell Schools, the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Scottish Conservatoire, and performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Purcell Room, BOZAR Fine Arts Centre in Brussels, Istanbul International Mozart Festival, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall, and the Château de Versailles.
Integral to Journey through Childhood is the aspiration to inspire and engage a new generation of musicians. Veronika Shoot has devised a series of workshops for schools in London and Moscow; Journey through Childhood’s next stage will be the creation of an animation film and interactive digital experience.
Friday 10 May 2019
Pre-order from 5 April 2019