Ksenija Sidorova in New Year's Eve Symphonic Concert

At the end of 2024, the Liepāja New Year's Eve Symphonic Concert will take the audience on a journey to Argentina. In cooperation with the world-famous accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, three holiday concerts will be held this year in the “Lielais dzintars” Concert Hall: on December 28, 29 and 30 at 19:00.

The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its chief conductor Guntis Kuzma will dive into the passionate world of tango. The king of tango Astor Piazzolla and other Argentine composers and Ksenija Sidorova, known as the Princess of the Accordion and the world's topmost ambassador of the accordion in the 21st century, whose brilliant technical mastery and emotionally intense sense of music offers the audience an unforgettable experience, will come together in music.

“Sidorova has the sort of virtuosity that is revelatory, in the proper sense of the word. She makes you aware that the accordion can be as lyrically graceful as a violin, and is also capable of producing bewitchingly strange, modern-music sounds,” writes the British media “The Telegraph”.

Her album Piazzolla Reflections (Alpha), released in 2021, has been acclaimed as “brilliantly played [and] beautifully recorded” (Gramophone), numbered among the best new classical albums of the year (Classic Review), and was named BR Klassik’s album of the month. 

“Clearly a master of the instrument, Sidorova draws out an amazing variety of colors and textures from these pieces. She captures every subtle change in inflection, articulation, and mood: wistful and fragile one moment, sultry and lavish the next,” about the artist's performance in Astor Piazzolla's music album writes “The Classic Review”.

This follows previous successful releases: Classical Accordion (Champs Hill Records, 2011); Fairy Tales (Champs Hill Records, 2013) recorded with BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rundel; and Carmen (Deutsche Grammophon, 2016) for which she won the ECHO prize for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2017.

Tickets for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased at “Biļešu paradīze” ticket offices

The Concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and Liepāja City.