World Premiere of Josef Sekon's new work performed by Halida Dinova.
Tartar born Russian pianist Halida Dinova studied at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with legendary pianist Anatol Ugorski and at the Kazan State Conservatory with Natalia Fomina (a student of Neuhaus). Ms Dinova also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Artist Diploma. Ms Dinova is the prize winner of three International Piano Competitions. Ms Dinova has toured and performed with the finest orchestras in Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia and Africa. She has also performed in the most prestigious venues in London, Berlin, New York and St. Petersburg. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Ligeti and she is a passionate advocate of contemporary music. Ms Dinova’s solo Scriabin Album released in 1998 on DOREMI Canada earned her the reputation of “A Scriabinist destined to lead all others. Her breathtaking recital was the finest I’ve heard in more than 30 years” J. B. Young, American Record Guide. Her new solo album Music That Tells Stories released in 2012 received excellent reviews from In Music and Vision and Cleveland Classical will be available following this afternoon’s concert. Ms Dinova has been a Steinway Artist since 1998 and is on the roster of pianists supported by Steinway Trust UK.
125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos CA Sundays at 3:00 pm Tickets are available at the door for $25 This donation goes to the artist and towards maintaining a concert ready instrument. For further ticket information please call Artistic Director Josef Sekon: 831-685-9169 or email
About the Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John's
features International World-Class Pianists
co-presented by Josef Sekon, artistic director, & the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist
Our Mission: to promote gifted young pianists and offer them the opportunity to perform in a concert setting. Our History: Artistic Director Josef Sekon, longtime music teacher at Cabrillo College, hosted concerts in his home and other local venues for the past several years. Several St. John's parishioners actively supported this artistic venture in various ways, from hosting musicians to providing financial support, and, of course, serving as a loyal audience. So when the concert series began to outgrow a "house concert" size, St. John's was a logical place to look for a new home. To begin, a parish member has loaned the church a Steinway piano to do justice to the level of the musicianship being shared.
St. John's is delighted to partner with Josef Sekon in presenting the Aptos Keyboard Series, henceforth to be known as "The Aptos Keyboard Series at St. John's." It is our hope that we can expand the opportunity from a house concert with an audience of 35 to our larger venue as St. John's, with our wonderful acoustics. And we hope to maintain the intimate atmosphere of a “Salon Setting” for upcoming concerts. If you love listening to world class piano music in a relaxed setting please come to this series of Sunday afternoon concerts. We are delighted to accept financial support to help promote these young guest artists in our own community.