On September 30, as part of a series of events this year aimed at strengthening cultural relations between Spain and Russia, a memorial plaque will be unveiled at 4 Calle de Doña Bárbara de Braganza in Madrid. This is the building in which Lina Prokofiev (née Codina) was born on October 21, 1897. Her father Juan had been a singer at the Catedral-Basílica de Barcelona before moving to Madrid, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory. There he met Lina's mother Olga Nemysskaia, a soprano from Odessa, Ukraine. She had trained in
St. Petersburg, Russia, before travelling to Italy and then Spain for lessons with the great tenor Giorgio Ronconi.
The initiative for the unveiling comes from the City of Madrid. Members of the Prokofiev family will be in attendance, along with Valentina Chemberdzhi, a Barcelona resident and the author of a well-received biography of Lina Prokofiev published in Russian and Spanish.
The ceremony will conclude with a memorial concert featuring Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto, which received its premiere in Madrid on December 1, 1935, with Robert Soetens as soloist.