Rachael Young

“……a very imaginative musician of great integrity and insight”

William Pleeth

Views: Discovering the Russian masters

Written on November 8, 2012

Dancing to Tchaikovsky as a child led to a conducting career in the Russian school – Rachael Young, 8th November 2012

Conductor Rachael Young will lead The Russian Virtuosi of Europe in a performance at London’s Cadogan Hall on November 23, 2012. Here she explains how early ballet inspirations led to a lifelong fascination with Russian composers and the Russian school of performing.

Each of us who love music has their own story of how this love came about and, more specifically, how they came to empathise with and love certain composers or musical eras.

My love of Russian music began very early and crept up on me before I knew about it consciously. My grandmother had been a prize-winning dancer and was very eager for my sister and I to have ballet lessons, so at the age of 5, I began dancing and I loved it.

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