“The Lucent Duo is recognised by its glowing stage presence and bright sound. Elisabeth and Elena are both passionate musicians with virtuosic technique and an interest in a wide variety of musical styles. Their interpretations are always fresh and every performance is special.
The duo was founded in spring 2016 at the Royal College of Music where Elisabeth Turmo (violin) and Elena Toponogova (piano) have worked with internationally recognized RCM professors such as Norma Fisher and Detlef Hahn. The Lucent Duo has already appeared in many venues across London including Charlton House, V&A Museum, Amaryllis Fleming Hall and many others. Future engagements include performances at Regent Hall and St.Martins-in-the-fields. Elena and Elisabeth recently received 2nd prize of the Grand Prize international music competition, Salzburg 2017.
Elena Toponogova is an emerging pianist from Siberia based in London. Her musicianship encompasses high intelligence with wide emotional range. Elena recently received her Master of Performance degree from the Royal College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher. Her studies were kindly supported by the Norah Seary Trust, Altrusa Careers Trust, the Future of Russia Foundation and Tsukanov Family Foundation. She previously graduated with distinction from the Academic Music College at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was a recipient of Elina Bystritzkaya scholarship. Elena also had a huge period of working privately with piano teacher and methodologist Olga Gvozdeva. She has worked with a number of prominent pianists and teachers including Dirk Mommertz, Grigory Gruzman, Carles Lama and Irina Chukovskaya. Elena has taken part in many international festivals such as Bloomsbury festival, Liszt piano festival, London and Timani Music Festival, Oslo. Elena has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Germany, Russia, Italy, Norway and appeared in many prestigious concert halls such as Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Amaryllis Fleming Hall, London.
Elisabeth Turmo is a Norwegian violinist. She recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, where she took a Master in Performance. She is known for her stage presence and singing tone quality as well as conveying the stormful temperament of a Northern Norwegian. “”She appears as a born soloist”” – Jostein Pedersen.
Elisabeth recently received a 2nd prize in the Grand Virtuoso International Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Arctic Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Christian Lindberg. She performed solo with and led the Oslo Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Elisabeth has also appeared as a soloist in the Norwegian Opera House with the Barratt Due Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 Elisabeth played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Toppen International Festival Orchestra under the direction of conductor Nicholas Carthy, and Elisabeth’s trio received first prize in the National Norwegian Youth Competition in Oslo. Elisabeth has also performed in venues such as Dulwich Picture Gallery and St. Mary Abbots in London.
Elisabeth also plays the Norwegian National Instrument, the Harding Fiddle,and was studying with Arne Viken. She completed her Bachelor studies at Barratt Due Institute of Music with professor Detlef Hahn. Elisabeth started learning the violin when she was seven years old with Trond Wika. At the age of 12 Elisabeth became one of the youngest students ever to be admitted to the Young Talents Program at the conservatory in Trondheim where she studied with professor Bjarne Fiskum. As a soloist she has played on festivals such as Nordland Music Festweek in Bodø, Kon Tiki Music Festival in Oslo, Blåfrost festivalen in Rognan, Stift festival in Holland, Astona International Music Festival in Switzerland, Toppen International Music Festival, Valdres Music Festival, Grieg in Bergen and Oseana Music Festival.”