Svetlana Ponomarëva – Concert pianist

Concert pianist Svetlana PonomarevaSvetlana Ponomarëva was born in the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia. She went from playing with her fingers on the table at age three to being accepted, with the highest mark, to study in the prestigious Gnessins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Svetlana studied in the classes of Professor Alexander Satz and Professor Alexander Alexandrov.
She was a finalist at the Young Concert Artist Competition in New York in 1993 and reached the semi-finals at the 1996 Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition, Canada.

In 2004 Svetlana made her New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since released eight CDs.

Svetlana has performed as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber ensembles, in Russia, Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. She has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Sergey Skripka, Oleg Burakov, Yuri Nikolayevsky, Dmitry Vasiliev, Russian State Prize Winner Vladimir Rylov, Valery Khalilov and Sergei Durygin.

In 2007 she published a book by Svetlana Gordeevtseva “Touching a Mystery” about articulation in clavier music by J.S. Bach and gave presentations in Vancouver and in Omsk (Russia).

In 2016-2017 Svetlana was invited to perform at the the Spasskaya Tower Festival in Moscow Kremlin.

During 2020-2021, together with her son Antoine Villéger – composer and pianist – she participated in various International online competitions in Russia, Europe (Italy, Spain, UK, Luxembourg) and Turkey earning numerous prize-winning places, as well as eight Grand-Prix, in Piano (solo and ensemble), Composition and Acting Skills nominations.

In 2021 Svetlana participated in the International Scientific Conference in Moscow with her presentation “The Art of Interpretation: Artistic Analysis of Piano Concerto #2 (op. 16 in G Minor) by Sergey Prokofiev”, for the composer’s 130th Anniversary.



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Antoine Villéger, a 14 year old composer and pianist born in Vancouver, is a graduate of DipLCM in Performance (Recital) of the London College of Music, University of West London and of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT). He first studied composition with Alexander Pechenyuk and has worked under the guidance of Juno Award-winning composer Michael Conway Baker. He studies piano with pianist Svetlana Ponomarëva. 

Antoine is a winner and a laureate of international and national composers / piano competitions in Canada, Europe (Spain, Luxembourg) and Russia.

His orchestral compositions were performed in Canada by the Lions Gate Sinfonia orchestra and conductor Clyde Mitchell (“The Battle” 2015, “Song without Words” 2018, “The Story of a Theme” 2019, “North Shore Waltz” 2020) and by the Kessler Academy at Music on Main concert series in Vancouver (2019).

Antoine’s choral composition “The Butterfly and The Bee” after a poem by E. Dickinson was premiered by the Vancouver Chamber Choir and conductor Jon Washburn in 2019 at the 14th Biennial Young Composer’s Competition where it garnered two prizes: the First Place in Elementary Division and a “Barbara Pentland Award for Outstanding Composition”.

Antoine freely speaks English, French and Russian and in his free time likes to play tennis and chess, reading and acting.

The Story of a Theme 2017 (…just audio)

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