Veronika Shoot, Saturday November 7, 2019

Veronika Shoot

Recognised by Lord Yehudi Menuhin at just six years old as “… destined to become a great pianist…” Veronika Shoot is identified by distinguished musicians and audiences alike as “one of the most sensitive, charismatic and versatile” pianists performing.

Born in Moscow, Veronika moved to the UK at the age of five when her father Vladislav Shoot became the composer-in-residence at Dartington Hall. By the age of seven years old she had performed her first recital, playing to a sold-out audience at the Dartington International Summer School music festival.

Performing across the UK and worldwide, Veronika has broadcasted on platforms such as BBC Spotlight News and BBC Radio 3. She has been invited to play on some of the most prestigious stages in classical music, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Purcell Room, Steinway Hall, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, The Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Amsterdam Conservatoire, International Mozart Festival in Istanbul, Koblenz Gymnasium and L’Opéra Gabriel at the Château de Versailles.

Veronika studied with full scholarships at The Yehudi Menuhin School under the tutorship of Professor Irina Zaritzkaya, The Purcell School of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, with Professor Tatiana Sarkisova—graduating with a First—and The Royal Scottish Conservatoire with Professor Fali Pavri, where she received a Distinction for her Masters. She has taken part in numerous masterclasses over the years, receiving artistic guidance from musicians such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Murray Perahia, Dmitri Bashkirov, Dmitri Alexeev, John Lill, Boris Berman, Pascal Devoyon, Joanna Macgregor and many others.

She is a Laureate of International Competitions including the Yamaha International Piano Competition and the Two Moors Festival, and has been awarded with prizes such as the Frederic Jackson Award, the Michal Hambourg and Elise Campbell Prizes.

Playing a wide-ranging repertoire of solo and chamber music, Veronika is passionate about collaborating with instrumentalists, singers, writers, artists and actors. Recent concerto performances included piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Gershwin, and she has worked with conductors such as Christian Kluxen, Joachim Gustaffson, Tom Hammond, Diego Masson, Jean-Louis Gosselin, Roderick Dunk and James Ross, as well as with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra, Torbay Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and Les Voix Nouvelles Orchestra.

Veronika is dedicated to creating compelling and innovative programmes that can be performed to a wide audience. She is also a strong believer in the importance of musical education, and in recent projects combined music and art for workshops in schools that the children found “the most exciting” of its kind. Veronika teaches piano at the London Russian Music Academy and was recently appointed ‘Music Ambassador’ for SaMM (the Saturday morning music school at King Edward VI Community College). She lives and continues to develop her art in London.

Her debut album “Journey Through Childhood” was released April 2019 on the Ulysses Arts record label and is available for purchase on iTunes and all major streaming platforms.


Meet the Performer

An exciting innovation is the opportunity to meet Veronika during a light supper after the concert.  Tickets for the supper are available from Catherine Hume – – for £15 per person.

Any enquiries please call Mark Jones, Director of Music at St Andrews tel: 07833 655854

Concert Programme

Journey Through Childhood

(download copy of programme)

Watch Veronika talk about ‘Journey Through Childhood’ in this YouTube video.

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)

Children’s Corner

  1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
  2. Jimbo’s Lullaby
  3. Serenade for the Doll
  4. The Snow is Dancing
  5. The Little Shepherd
  6. Golliwogg’s Cakewalk

TORU TAKEMITSU (1930-1996)

Piano Pieces for Children

  1. Breeze
  2. Clouds


Children’s Album (selection)

  1. Russian Dance
  2. Swing
  3. Sounds of Waltz
  4. The Trained Bear on the Ball
  5. Farewell to Summer
  6. Street Musicians
  7. Dancing Marionettes
  8. Rain During Sunshine
  9. Two Russian Songs
  10. Sad Dream
  11. A Memory
  12. Country Musicians
  13. Falling Leaves
  14. Biggest Hope
  15. Kite
  16. The First Waltz


The Music Box op. 32


Korngold, Four Little Caricatures, Op.19:

(Caricatures of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok and Hindemith)

  1. Cuckoo
  2. To Make you Slumber away
  3. Nothing venture, nothing gain
  4. Hard Times

Shostakovich, Child’s Notebook, op.69:

  1. March
  2. Valse
  3. The Bear
  4. Gay story
  5. Sad story
  6. Clockwork Doll

Schumann, Kinderszenen, Op.15: ( Scenes from Childhood)

  1. Of Foreign Countries and People
  2. Funny Story
  3. Catch me if you can
  4. Suppliant Child
  5. Perfect Happiness
  6. A Great Event
  7. Reverie
  8. At the Fireside
  9. The Knight of the Hobby-Horse
  10. Almost too serious
  11. Frightening
  12. Child falling asleep
  13. The Poet speaks