Sweet Melodies

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM

With a “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Yevgeny Kutik immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of five. His 2014 album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures (Marquis Classics), features music he found in his family’s suitcase after immigrating to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1990, and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart. The album garnered critical acclaim and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The New York Times. Kutik’s 2012 debut album, Sounds of Defiance, also on the Marquis label, features the music of Achron, Pa?rt, Schnittke, and Shostakovich. Kutik released his third solo album, Words Fail, to critical acclaim on Marquis Classics in October 2016. The album uses Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words as a starting point to expand upon the idea that music surpasses traditional language in its expressive capabilities, and includes two new commissions on the theme by Timo Andres and Michael Gandolfi.

Highlights of Yevgeny Kutik’s current season include his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, as well as debuts with the La Crosse and Tallahassee symphony orchestras, and performances with the Traverse and Berkshire symphony orchestras. Highlights of his recitals this season include performances at the University of Arizona Presents, Kean Stage, Tuesday Evening Concert Series, the Glacier Symphony & Chorale’s Festival Amadeus, and the Nantucket Musical Arts Society. Additionally, at the invitation of the International March of the Living, he will perform concerts in Warsaw and Krakow, and appear at the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Auschwitz in April 2018.

?Deeply committed to fostering creative relationships with living composers, Yevgeny Kutik has been involved in commissioning and premiering new works. Recent highlights include the world premieres of Timo Andres’ Words Fail at The Phillips Collection, Michael Gandolfi’s Arioso Doloroso/Estatico at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Ron Ford’s concerto Versus with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Sheila Silver’s Six Beads on a String, as well as the New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ Violin Concerto No. 2 at the 92nd Street Y. He has also been involved in the performances of new and rarely played works by Kati Ago?cs, Joseph Schwantner, Nico Muhly, and Donald Martino.

Passionate about his heritage and its influence on his artistry, Kutik is an advocate for the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization that assisted his family in coming to the United States, and regularly speaks and performs across the United States to both raise awareness and promote the assistance of refugees from around the world.

Yevgeny Kutik made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize.

Yevgeny Kutik began violin studies with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and went on to study with Zinaida Gilels, Shirley Givens, Roman Totenberg, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory and currently resides in Boston. Kutik’s violin was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella.

 

Emerging Artist

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Born in Yancheng, China, Echo Wang began piano lessons with her father at the age of four. She is currently a senior scholarship student at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California in the studio of Bernadene Blaha. Echo has won top prizes in the Deutschland un China, Gemeinsam in Bewegung International Competition, the Gail Newby Concerto Competition, CAPMT Sonata Competition, and the Best Tchaikovsky Performance International Music Competition. In China, Echo was invited to perform as guest pianist at Lang Lang’s China Recital Tour. She has performed at the Shanghai International Piano Festival Institute, Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, Academie de Fourviere in Lyon, France and appeared as a concerto soloist performing the Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with the Nanjing Philharmonic Orchestra at the Nanging Jinlin Theatre. Her previous professors have included Norman Krieger, Dr. Xi Zhang and Dr. Zhe Tang and Echo has appeared in master classes with Barry Snyder, Hung-Kuan Chen and Eduardus Halim.

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