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RUSSIAN MUSIC BY RUSSIANS

Dmitri Berlinksy, Violin

Andrey Tchekmazov, Cello
Irina Nuzova, Piano


Thursday, November 14, 2024
7.30 p.m.

 

 

ABOUT THE MUSICIANS

Hailed by critics as an “extraordinary musician” (Washington Post), cellist Andrey Tchekmazov is known for his versatility as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

 

Mr. Tchekmazov was the Grand Prize winner of the Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition and the Premio Trio di Trieste and has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, appearing at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan, New York's Alice Tully Hall, Brazil's Sala Cecilia Mereles, Sala Sao Paulo and Teatro Alfa with orchestras such as the São Paolo Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Brazil National Symphony, the Kiev Philharmonic and the Teatro Alfa Symphony. He has also been a top prizewinner at the Koussevitzky Cello Competition in New York, the Schadt Competition, Artists International, Premio della Critica in Trieste and the Russian Kobalevsky Competition.

 

Ever since his critically acclaimed debut at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Mr. Tchekmazov has enjoyed an active career as recitalist and chamber musician, performing at such renowned venues as Zankel Hall, the Caramoor Music Center, Barge Music, the Rhode Island Chamber Music Series, Bar Harbor Festival, Merkin Concert Hall in New York City and Hampden Sydney, where he was invited to perform by the members of The Emerson String Quartet.

 

As a performer with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, Mr. Tchekmazov "impressed his audiences with a big, warm tone and Russian brand of virtuosity” (The Strad) by introducing them to rarely-performed jewels of classical music alongside the works of great masters.

 

He has premiered works and worked closely with contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Lukas Foss, George Warren, Ira Cremer and Ralf Ytrehus and has recently recorded the Cello Sonata by David Winkler and “Byzantine Chants, The Sacred Concerto for Solo Cello,” by Margarita Zelenaia, both which were written and dedicated to him. He has also participated in ambitious, unique projects such as performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s entire chamber music repertoire for cello at the Phillips Collection. 

 

An active educator, Andrey Tchekmazov has been a faculty member at the Rio de Janeiro Cello Encounter, the Lakewood Festival, Russish Abend Festival in Germany,  He has also performed at Westminster College and Brown, Bowdoin, Seton Hall and Princeton Universities. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Tchekmazov was appointed principal cellist of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony. His performances have been featured on WQXR, WGBH, NPR and other TV and radio stations across Eastern and Western Europe and South America.

 

Born into a family of professional pianists, Mr. Tchekmazov studied piano and later cello at the Gnessin Specialized Music School in Moscow. He continued his education at the Moscow State Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich’s protégé Nataliya Shakhovskaya, and after he immigrated to the USA at the Juilliard School as a Leonard Rose scholarship student of Harvey Shapiro. He worked closely with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets. Mr. Tchekmazov has made several recordings including recent releases on NAXOS and Da Vinci Classics recording labels.

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It is rare to find an artist who has achieved the impeccable credentials and uncompromising artistry of Dmitri Berlinsky. As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Berlinsky's intention is to bring music's spirit to his audience, reaching levels above mere entertainment.

Dmitri Berlinsky arrived on the international scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, and the Young Concert Artists in New York led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.

Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Herkulessaal, Shanghai Theater, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, among others.

His extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Aspen Music Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico , the Prague Spring Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and the Settimane Musicale in Stresa, Italy, as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y.

Mr.Berlinsky is the founder and Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra “International Chamber Soloists.” Attracting the highest caliber instrumentalists from around the world, Dmitri Berlinsky has created a superb ensemble of dynamic and fiercely talented musicians. Just after its formation, the International Chamber Soloists opened the 15th International Credomatic Music Festival in San José, Costa Rica, were in-residence at the Southampton Arts Festival in New York, and performed in such distinguished venues as the Wharton Center and the San Francisco Conservatory. Recent ICS engagements include performances in New York and Los Angeles, in Canada in Toronto and Barrie, Ontario, appearances in Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, Kansas, Michigan, and a tour of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

In high demand as a teacher Mr. Berlinsky has taught and given Master Classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and in US at the Chautauqua Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, Menuhin School in London, Festival Internacional de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, Shanghai Conservatory, Dankook University in Seoul, National Taiwan Normal University, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, University of South California in Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music in New York, Temple University in Philadelphia, University of Montreal, DePaul and Roosevelt University in Chicago, and UNT in Texas.

Mr. Berlinsky is Artist Teacher and professor of violin at the Michigan State University College of Music. Berlinsky's students have won important international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, Tibor Varga, Juilliard, William Byrd and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This year Mr. Berlinsky has been invited to serve on the jury of several prestigious competitions including Premio Paganini International Competition in Genoa, Italy, Washington International String Competition, Young Concerts Artists auditions in New York City, Astral Auditions in Philadelphia and Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg.

Born in St. Petersburg into a family of musicians, Mr. Berlinsky began studying the violin with his father. At a very early age he appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children with Lev Ivaschenko, Boris Sergeev, Mikhail Bezverkhny and Boris Gutnikov. Later he attended the Moscow Conservatory studying under Victor Tretiakov, Evgeniya Chugaeva and Naum Latinsky. After graduation he was invited to work with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School.

For several years Mr. Berlinsky performed on the "Yusupov" Stradivarius violin from Moscow State Collection - the same instrument David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan played.Mr. Berlinsky now performs on Carlo Ferdinand Landolfi violin made in 1759 and Jean-Pascal Nehr bow made in 2017.

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Critics have applauded classical pianist Irina Nuzova for her “rise above mere virtuosity” (The Washington Post), “intensity of feeling” (La Nazione, Italy) and “profound interpretation” (Il Resto de Carlino, Bologna). Nuzova has appeared in recital as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and South America. In Europe, she has performed as part of the Amici della Musica concert series in Florence; at the Teatro Massima in Catania, Italy; Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg; the Moscow Conservatory, and in the Netherlands. In the United States, she has played at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York; and as part of chamber music series including the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concert Series and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. In recital with Wendy Warner, Nuzova has performed at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Phillips Collection, in Toronto, in Boston, and the Rockefeller tri-Institutional series in New York City. 

Nuzova’s discography includes the critically acclaimed WarnerNuzova duo’s debut recording: Russian Music for Cello & Piano, released in 2010 on Cedille Records. The CD entered the Billboard charts as #8, and has been featured on more than 100 radio stations. Nominated for best chamber music recording by ICMS, Classical Candor commented about the CD: “The two women ...play with style, with grace, with refinement, and with deep emotional attachment, yet always placing the music above any showmanship on their part. Most important, however, they appear to reach into the heart of this heart-wrenching music and convey its inner spirit with not only clarity and precision but with ultimate passion. They are consummate artists.” Warner and Nuzova have played together for years, but officially formed the duo in 2008 with the intention of performing and recording the canonical sonatas for cello and piano from the past and present, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music. This first album covers romantic Russian works featuring among others the rarely performed Sonata in A Minor by Nikolai Miaskovsky.  Nuzova regards the Miaskovsky sonata a “rare gem,” adding that she likes to flip the Russian maxim which reads: “All is not gold that glitters,” to say “Something that does not glitter can still be gold” in regards to the composer and this sonata in particular.  Says Nuzova, “The sonata’s pervasive, nostalgic quality speaks to the Russian soul and mind, but it is subtle and subdued in its expression, and absolutely jewel-like in its clarity and simplicity.”

Nuzova appears as soloist in numerous venues. Besides her appearances with her duo at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and at St. Paul’s Music in the Park Series, other highlights include the double recital at the Gardner Museum (complete Beethoven cycle of sonatas), and chamber music performances at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Ms. Nuzova has also appeared in live radio interviews and performances in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, among others, including a live broadcast on WFMT in Chicago; and an interview with Fred Child of Performance Today -- a program that was syndicated nationwide. Also the recipient of the Bruce Hungerford Award at the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York, Nuzova has won top prizes in competitions such as the Vincenzo Bellini and Citta di Senigallia International Competitions in Italy and the Beethoven Piano Sonata International Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. As a chamber musician, she has won top prizes at the Vittorio Gui and the Premio Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions in Italy. Nuzova’s performances have been broadcast live on WFMT in Chicago, WGBH in Boston, and Italian TV. Ms. Nuzova is also a member of the Camerata Phillips – an ensemble in residence at the Phillips Collection Gallery in Washington DC.

Nuzova is a native of Moscow, Russia. She made her debut with the Omsk Philharmonic at the age of 14. She studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music under the guidance of Alexander Satz before moving to the United States. Nuzova continued her musical education at the Manhattan School of Music with Lev Natochenny, and at Juilliard where her teachers were Oxana Yablonskaya and Jerome Lowenthal.  To further herself as a musician she worked for many years in the cello studio of Harvey Shapiro at Juilliard and pursued individual studies with pianists Jean-Bernard Pommier, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Vladimir Feltsman. Nuzova earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, Connecticut). She regularly gives lecture recitals at schools and festivals. For the past two summers Nuzova has taught and performed at the Interharmony International Music Festival and the Summit International Music Festival in Purchase, NY. She also serves regularly as a jury panelist. Ms. Nuzova is a member of the piano faculty of the Special School of Music in New York City and of Bard College's pre-college division.

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