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Juliette Roos and Ilana Mordkovitch-Roos to open the 16th Farley Music Festival 2017, 20 to 25 June

Juliette Roos and Ilana Mordkovitch-Roos to open the 16th Farley Music Festival 2017, 20 to 25 June

May 2017

Issued:  Friday, 5 May 2017

 Kicking off the eagerly-awaited 16th Annual Farley Music Festival (20 to 25 June 2017) – world-class performances of classical music at the iconic Wren-style All Saints’ Church in the Wiltshire village of Farley, seven miles east of Salisbury – will be week-night concerts performed by international musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

On Tuesday, 20 June at 7pm, there will be a performance by Juliette Roos (violin), accompanied by her equally talented mother, Ilana Mordkovitch-Roos (piano), in a concert – sponsored by Quilter Cheviot – featuring some of the most attractive and challenging works in the violin repertoire – Mozart: ‘Sonata in E minor’; Tchaikovsky: ‘Souvenir d’un lieu cher’; Brahms: ‘Sonata No. 1’; Ysaye: ‘Sonata No.4’; and Szymanowski: ‘Nocturne and Tarantella’.

About Juliette Roos

The fourth generation of a musical family, Juliette Roos was born in London and began her violin studies at the age of 5. Her musicality was quickly recognised with a first prize at the North London Music Festival and she later joined the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department. In addition to violin and piano, Juliette played the cello for five years and was the youngest finalist in the Independent Schools Young Musician of the Year competition 2005, where she played the Elgar Cello Concerto.

In 2006, Juliette’s family re-located to Singapore, during which time she elected to focus her musical talents with the violin. In 2008, Juliette won entry to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey to pursue her music-centred education, studying with Professor Lutsia Ibragimova.

Juliette is a frequent participant at music festivals and chamber master classes across Europe, where she has played for many leading professors. Her performances in the BBC Young Musician 2012 contest drew high praise from the Strings Final jury who described her playing as “absolutely spellbinding”. Juliette was the first placed violinist and won the Walter Todds Bursary Prize. Since then, she has secured engagements across Britain in concerto and recital performances at venues including: Canterbury Cathedral, Romsey Abbey and Wigmore Hall. She took take part in the Sion Festival de Tibor Varga and was multiple prize-winner at Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition 2015.

About Ilana Mordkovitch-Roos

Ilana Mordkovitch-Roos (piano) was born in Odessa and attended a specialist USSR Central Music School for talented children. She won scholarships to study with Bracha Eden (Eden Tamir Duo) in Jerusalem and later with Sulamita Aronovsky at The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.  She completed her graduate education at The Royal College of Music, with Irina Zaritskaya.

Ilana’s recording of the Grieg Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Chandos records), with her mother, Lydia Mordkovitch, received a top rating from BBC and Penguin CD guides.  After an extended break from performance, Ilana returned to her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her MA in 2012 and is now happy to be back performing Chamber repertoire; playing recitals and accompanying instrumentalists in competitions and master classes. 

 Farley Music Festival 2017 Concert on Wednesday, 21 June

Karolina Kubálkova, a young Czech-Canadian pianist with a growing global reputation, will be presenting the Farley Music Festival’s 7pm concert on Wednesday, 21 June, sponsored by Myddelton & Major. She will be performing a romantic programme of classical music – Brahms ‘Sonata No.1’; Schumann: ‘Sonata in G minor’; Ravel: ‘Sonatine’; and Jánacek: ‘In the Mists’.  Karolina has already performed in countries as far afield as Canada, USA, Croatia and the Czech Republic. The young star is the daughter of acclaimed musician, the late Antonin Kubálkova.

About Karolina Kubálkova

At the age of 14, Karolina drew praise for her Prague concert where her “impressive ardour and solid tone culture” – according to Hudebny Rozhledy in 2009 – proved again that she carries the “precious gift of being able to communicate with the audience …. [giving] the impression that she has always belonged to the stage”.  Indeed, violinist Josef Suk, two years before his death, “congratulated her with tears in his eyes” after this performance.

Over the course of her young career, Karolina has made appearances in Croatia, Hungary, England, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, and The Netherlands, with tours in Canada, the United States, and the Czech Republic.

Presently studying with the prodigious artist Rustem Hayrudinoff at the Royal Academy of Music, she continues to seek out guidance from internationally acclaimed performers and teachers of the highest level, such as Ian Fountain, Colin Stone, Pavel Nersessian, Joanna Macgregor, Gintaras Januševicius, Raymond Holden, Andrius Žlabys, Ivo Kahánek, Michael Dussek, Imre Hargitai, Jan Wijn, Jan Novotny, William Fong, Andrew Buraško, and Imogen Cooper.

Performing from the age of 10, most recent 2015/2016 appearances include those at: the Lithuania Cultural Centre; Birstonas Summer Music Academy; Klek Masterclasses in Croatia; Mozart Concerto in A (KV 488) for Music at Casa Loma in Toronto alongside the Toronto Concert Orchestra with Kerry Stratton, conductor; Verao Classico – Centro Cultural de Belem in Portugal; Lisbon International Music Academy; and Budapest Cultural Centre where she played Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos.

Educated at the Glenn Gould Royal Conservatory of Music in the Young Performers’ Academy in Toronto, Canada, she joined the rising crest of young talent in local competitions. She gained the top honours in piano and violin before making the decision to focus on piano – afterwards being accepted at the age of 16 to begin a Bachelor’s Degree at the Prague Academy of Music. Early studies with Marina Geringas (1939-2016) continue to inspire and drive her artistic drive.

Active in the thriving music scene of London, she is committed to ongoing benefit performances at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, where she is preparing a collaborative project.  Support for other charities has included: CHICKS, a national children’s charity providing free respite to disadvantaged children in the UK; and Breast Cancer Research.  Karolina has always had a deep interest in the powerful communication that music has with individuals diagnosed with autism.

Farley Music Festival 2017 programme: Thursday, 22 June to Sunday, 25 June

On Thursday, 22 June at 7pm will be a concert – supported by the Salisbury Branch of the NFU – performed by multi-prize-winning Russian pianist, Amiran Zenaishvili. He will be providing an unmissable opportunity to hear a great Russian piano repertoire, alongside two Gallic masterpieces – Rachmaninov: ‘Prelude in D minor’ and ‘Étude-Tableau’; Shostakovich: ‘Prelude and Fugue’; Debussy: ‘Suite Bergamasque’; and Franck: ‘Prelude, Chorale and Fugue’. Amiran studied in Moscow and St Petersberg, and then in London. On Friday, 23 June at 7pm, prize-winning Lithuanian pianist Karolina Pancernaite will be playing music by three composers who were also celebrated pianists: Medtner, Liszt and Scriabin – with a rare chance to hear the latter’s thrilling piece, ‘Vers la Flamme’. On Saturday, 24 June at 7pm, Hatstand Opera will be presenting their flagship show of hilarious scenes and heart-rending arias from the world’s favourite operas. The Farley Music Festival ends on Sunday, 25 June at 6pm, with the traditional Festival Evensong. 

Tickets for each concert cost £15 per person, to include a free glass of wine at the interval. Tickets can be purchased from Salisbury Playhouse: Telephone: 01722 320333 (; or on the door, subject to availability. For full programme information, visit:

Pictured:  Juliette Roos (violin)



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