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Princess of the accordion takes ‘Carmen’ into a whole new aria

Ksenija Sidorova, a genre-crossing player described as “the princess of the accordion”, has signed an exclusive deal with the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, which plans to market her as a crossover star.

The Riga-born Sidorova, who was encouraged to take up the instrument by her grandmother, continued her education in Britain, where she became a prize-winning undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music.

Ms Sidorova, praised by one reviewer as a “superbly subtle and virtuosic” player, has already performed her version of “Roxanne” with Sting and Bryn Terfel, and duetted with the violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Ms Sidorova, who will unveil her Carmen at concerts in Bristol and Cheltenham in July, said: “It was amazing to perform with Sting and Bryn Terfel. That experience strengthened my belief that it’s time to take the accordion to places it has never been and to reach new audiences. Carmen, which is so important to me, has the power to do that.”

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Original article: The Independent