Published DateLACONIA — Thirteen year old piano prodigy Valentine Schelkin of Manchester will be performing on Sunday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Tavern 27 on Parade Road with his mother and renowned piano teacher and concert pianist Alla Nikitskaya.
Nikitskaya, who relocated to the US from Russia in 1999, started playing piano at the age of five with her first piano teacher, her mother Lada Nikitskaya. She is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Music College and Moscow GnesinInstitute,
and represents Heinrich Neuhaus piano school.
Since age two Valentine showed signs of musical abilities and started playing piano at the ripe young age of five. Valentine participates regularly in piano recitals as a soloist and duet piano player. He is currently in the 7th grade and took first place in Crescendo International Music Competition (Little Mozarts Competition) held in Carnegie Hall, New York, on April 7, 2013.