Praised as revelatory (New York Times) and playing with breathtaking virtuosity (The Observer), Ksenija Sidorova is the world’s undisputed leading ambassador for the classical accordion. Ksenija’s charismatic performances showcase not only her instrument’s unique capabilities but also her own intense passion and breathtaking skill. Her repertoire spans three centuries from Bach to Piazzolla, from Efrem Podgaits to Václav Trojan, and several accordion concertos and chamber works composed especially for her.
After a busy summer of festival appearances including Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Le Concert de Paris with the Orchestre National de France, Ksenija’s 21/22 season begins with a visit to the Enescu Festival followed by performances with the Munich Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, Camerata RCO, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Brussels Philharmonic, Komische Oper Berlin, Gran Canaria Philharmonic, and the Belgrade Philharmonic. Further afield, her engagements take her across the Atlantic for performances with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Ksenija makes regular solo appearances with leading orchestras including NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rudfunks, Tonhalle Orchester-Zurich, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She maintains long-standing working relationships with such eminent conductors as Paavo Järvi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Vasily Petrenko, Kristjan Järvi, Michał Nesterowicz and Jan Willem de Vriend, and with performers Nemanja Radulovic, Andreas Ottensamer, Camille Thomas, Leticia Moreno, the Goldmund Quartet, Tine Thing Helseth, Brazilian DJ Gui Borratto, Juan Diego Flórez, Nicola Benedetti and Joseph Calleja.
Ksenija is a staple guest performer at the Ravinia, Cheltenham, Mostly Mozart, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad Menuhin, Verbier and Rheingau music festivals. Over the course of the coming season, she will also continue close collaborations with artistic colleagues; touring with Miloš Karadaglić across Norway, France and Belgium; with Avi Avital across Germany, Austria and Switzerland; and sharing the stage with her friend and colleague Pietro Roffi in Italy for a rework of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Ksenija’s most recent album Piazzolla Reflections, released in 2021, has been acclaimed as brilliantly played [and] beautifully recorded (Gramophone) and numbered among the best new classical albums of the year (Classic Review) as well as being named BR Klassik’s album of the month. This follows her previous successful releases: Classical Accordion (Champs Hill Records, 2011); Fairy Tales (Champs Hill Records, 2013) recorded with BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Clark Rundel; and Carmen (Deutsche Grammophon, 2016) – a new take on the score – recorded with the Nuevo Mundo band and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra with Sascha Goetzel. For the latter, Ksenija won the ECHO prize for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2017.
Encouraged by her grandmother, herself steeped in the folk tradition of accordion playing, Ksenija started to play the instrument at the age of six under the guidance of Marija Gasele in her hometown of Riga. Her unfettered interest in both classical and contemporary repertoire took her to London where she became a prize-winning undergraduate and postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Owen Murray. In May 2012 she became the first International Award winner of the Bryn Terfel Foundation and appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2015 as part of his 50th birthday celebrations, alongside Sting. She is a recipient of both the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship and Friends of the Philharmonia Award, as well as the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal. Ksenija has been an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music since 2016 and was made a Fellow (FRAM) in 2021.