NEW ARTIST: PIANIST ROSSINA GRIECO

Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the remarkable prize-winning pianist Rossina Grieco.

Rossina began her musical studies with St. Petersburg pedagogue, Luba Ugorski, at four years old. After winning global recognition and prizes across America, she made her formal debut at Copley Hall with the San Diego Symphony at eight years old.

She has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xiamen Symphonies, Shanghai Philharmonic, and the China Philharmonic in venues including the Lincoln Center, Poly Theatre, Koerner Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Xinghai Concert Hall, The Auditorium at TSRI, and Sherwood Hall.

She has also worked with conductors including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Yu Long, Xu Zhong, Chen Zuo Huang, Chen Xie Yang, Yoon Jae Lee and Jung-Ho Pak. Rossina was invited as guest artist at the Beijing International Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, Antheneum Concert Series, as well as performing numerous private recitals across San Diego, Toronto, Leeds, and New York.

Rossina became the longest standing recipient of the Ihnatowycz Prize, one of the highest and most prestigious artistic awards offered in North America, and has received accolades and academic recognition from institutions including Juilliard, The Glenn Gould School, Escuela Superior de Música de Reina Sofía and Curtis. She released her debut recording in 2020 with Orpheus Classical, featuring Chopin’s Scherzi and Preludes. A second recording of works by Beethoven will follow soon.

Rossina is currently accepting bookings for recital, chamber and concerto engagements. Find out more about her and the repertoire she’s offering here: https://polyphonyarts.com/rossina-grieco/

Welcome Rossina!

NEW ARTIST: PIANIST AVGUSTE ANTONOV

Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Avguste Antonov! Avguste has performed across the globe and is a passionate advocate of 20th and 21st century music. He’s performed numerous World and US premieres of works by composers including Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger, as well as many others.

Recent season highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto” with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).

In addition to performing, Avguste gives guest lectures and is currently professor of piano and accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Châteaubriant. He also adjudicates for various competitions, including the ENKOR Piano Competition, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition and the Music International Grand Prix. Outside of music, he’s a chess player, member of the chess club Cercle d’Echecs Castelbriantais and participates in regional and national tournaments.

Having recently relocated to France after living in the US for 20 years Avguste is looking to perform more in the UK and Europe, and is currently accepting bookings in these territories. Find out more about him and the repertoire he’s offering here: https://polyphonyarts.com/avguste-antonov/

We’re thrilled to have you join us, Avguste!

Invisible barriers

Do you have something you want to do, but find you can never quite get around to doing it?

I’ve been thinking a lot about invisible barriers recently. I had a big one when lockdown started – I wanted to do exercise, but my usual swimming wasn’t an option. I used to run a few years ago before my son was born, so decided I wanted to start running again.

But, it was really hard. My mind was full of messages –

you haven’t done this for years, you’ve lost all your fitness, you don’t have the right clothes, you will be the slowest….

A friend of mine had told me about the Couch to 5k app recently, so I thought I’d give it a go. It worked a treat. I took a bit longer than the 9 weeks, but I taught myself to run for half an hour without stopping. To do that, I have to run two laps of the park. Then, because I’d been motivated by the app, I went further – I gave three laps a go, and I did it! 

I’ve just got home from running three laps of the park for the third time in about ten days, and I am so proud of myself. Exercise isn’t something that comes naturally to me, and I am almost always the slowest/worst at any sporting activity (picked last in PE, every time!). 

It feels really amazing to do something better than I did before, especially when it’s not something that comes easily. It’s spurred me on and the motivation will keep building alongside the success. My invisible barrier has been broken down!

The Couch to 5k app was essential to this success. It didn’t do any of it for me – I did all the work myself – but it provided the mindset, motivation and encouragement I needed to unlock my potential.

Many musicians have invisible barriers about promoting themselves pitching for work. Fear of failure, fear of what other people will think… perhaps even fear of success… there are so many, and I’m always thinking about how I can help remove these barriers.

we can help you feel great about pROMOTING YOURSELF.

We have a range of services available to help you feel confident and raring to go.

Strategic career coaching (2 month in-depth career coaching)

Polyphony Arts membership (manage your own career with the support of an agent for those tricky moments)

Strategic plan for musicians

Become Your Own Agent (online course)

Perfect Pitch

Perfect Press Release

Social Media Guide for musicians

We all feel wobbly sometimes, and sometimes we don’t see how much it is holding us back. The right support at the right time can make all the difference.

What are your invisible barriers?

What are your tips for overcoming them?

Are you ready to make a change? I think you are!

Katie Beardsworth