Praised as “superbly subtle and virtuosic” (The Arts Desk) and “an amazingly accomplished artist” (The Classical Source), Ksenija Sidorova is the leading ambassador for the accordion.
Encouraged to take up the instrument by a grandmother steeped in the folk tradition of accordion playing, Ksenija started to play the instrument aged eight under the guidance of Marija Gasele in her hometown of Riga. Her quest for more exposure to both classical and contemporary repertoire took her to London where she became a prize-winning undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music.
In the 2016/17 season Ksenija will perform with orchestras such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica and tour with the Estonian Festival Orchestra under the baton of Paavo Järvi.
Ksenija’s first album, Carmen, was released on Deutsche Grammophon in summer 2016. Following the huge success at the Jurmala (Latvia) and Ravinia Festivals (USA), Ksenija performed her Carmen project in Munich (Prinzregententheater) and Berlin (Kammermusiksaal at Berliner Philharmonie) in March 2017.
In September 2016 she made her debut at the Vancouver Recital Series and continues her recitals across Europe throughout the rest of the season. She has performed at Cheltenham, Verbier, and Bad Kissingen Festivals and will make her debut at the Rheingau Festival in August 2017.
Ksenija regularly collaborates with Miloš Karadaglić, Juan Diego Flórez, Nicola Benedetti, Thomas Gould, Avi Avital, Andreas Ottensamer and Joseph Calleja.