Sophia Kirsanova, violin
Georgina Lewis, piano

Drawn together in 2019 by a common interest in original repertoire and the unique history of the Latvian folk song tradition, Duo Kirsanova-Lewis joined forces to explore hidden gems of Latvian and contemporary chamber music. The partnership has led to a wider exploration of the art music of our time and its role in storytelling, inspiring hope and drawing people together. The duo have since performed sold-out concerts in Melbourne, including their debut concert at Melbourne Recital Concert in 2022.

Sing and Dance

A musical journey through history and cultures

Throughout history, composers have been inspired by their love of homeland and nature. This program celebrates folk song and dance in a heartfelt and lively program, which explores how one can find their own voice in their artistry through learning about culture and their homeland.

Pēteris VASKS (b. 1946)
Little Summer Music (1985)

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Six Studies in English Folk Song (1926)

Ēriks EŠENVALDS (b. 1977)
The Morning Mist (2022)
Commissioned by Anita and Graham Anderson for Sophia Kirsanova.

Paul BEN-HAIM (1897-1984)
Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 44 (1951)

Manuel De FALLA (1876-1946)
Suite Populaire Espagnole (1914-15)

Sandra ALEKSEJEVA-BIRZE (b. 1971)
Div'Dujinas for violin solo (2021)

Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR (1875-1912)                               
Deep River, Op. 59 (1905) 


Format: 70 minutes without interval

  • Grand piano, tuned the day of the performance
  • One music stand

Sophia is able to give presentations on her inspiriation in perfromance through researching Latvian composers, commissioning new works and programing original concerts.

Workshops and masterclasses on violin, piano, and chamber music, are also available

February, October, and November 2023

Book an artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring

02 8394 6662