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Moscow Conservatory's finest give glimpse of the future of Russian music

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students of the Moscow Conservatory, featuring five of the finest musicians at Russia's most prestigious music academy, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The concert is the first event in Hancher Auditorium's 1997-98 Mercy Iowa City Rising Stars Series, supported by Mercy Iowa City and Mercy On Call.

The musicians -- cellist Anton Ivanov, pianists Igor Poltavtsev and Olga Pushechnikova, mezzo soprano Nadezhda Serdiuk and violinist Aleksander Trostyansky -- will present solos and also perform in a variety of combinations.

The works on the first half of the program are Sergei Taneyev's "Fairy Tale" and Tarantella from the Concerto Suite, op. 28, performed by Trostyansky and Poltavtsev; Tchaikovsky's "Three Romances," sung by Serdiuk with the accompaniment of Pushechnikova; and Tchaikovsky's "Meditation," op. 72, no. 5 and "Islamey" by Mili Balakirev, performed by Pushechnikova.

On the second half of the program, Trostyansky will perform several of the op. 34 preludes by Shostakovich; Poltavtsev will perform the "Imitation of Albeniz" by Rodion Shchedrin; Serdiuk will sing "Two Romances" by Glinka, accompanied by Pushechnikova, Trostyansky and Ivanov, and Jeanne's aria from "The Maid of Orleans" by Tchaikovsky, with the accompaniment of Poltavtsev; and Pushechnikova, Trostyansky and Ivanov will perform Glinka's "Trio Pathetique" in D Minor.

The appearance of the Students of the Moscow Conservatory is an outgrowth of a cultural mission to Russia, whose participants included Hancher Auditorium Director Wally Chappell and Karen Chappell, director of the UI International Center. David Eden, who organized that trip, is the producer of the current concert tour.

Founded in 1866, the Moscow Conservatory is the Russian Federation's leading training institution for musical performance and composition. The list of its graduates and teachers includes Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Shostakovich, as well as current and recent performing stars including Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh, Sviatislav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yuri Bashmet. The Borodin Quartet and other prominent ensembles have also been nurtured by the institution.

Leading Russian composers give their new works to the conservatory for inaugural performances, a tradition that began with the world premiere of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" in 1879. Students at the conservatory regularly perform alongside their teachers.

Although the five performers on the Oct. 9 program are in their 20s, they have already begun to establish their careers. Ivanov has participated in international festivals in Italy and Moscow, and he has recorded with the Russian State Radio.

Poltavtsev is a laureate of the Pinale-Ligoure International Competition in Italy, and he tours Russia and beyond as a soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded for both television and radio, and he was invited to work with the Moscow Concert Agency.

Pushechnikova won the International Youth Competition in Prague, received first prize in the First Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, and was a laureate of the Eighth International Unisa Transnet Piano Competition in South Africa. She is now a soloist with the Moscow State Philharmonic Society.

In addition to many roles in Moscow, Serdiuk has worked with the Bach Academy in Stuttgart, won second prize in the International Glinka Vocal Competition, and sung in an international company of "Eugene Onegin" in Tokyo and Sapporo.

Trostyansky is currently a soloist with Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Romantic Trio. A laureate of the All-Russian Competition and the Premio Paganini Competition in Genoa, he has participated in numerous Russian music festivals. In addition to recording for radio, he has recorded for the Vista International, Chandos and Dowani labels. After winning first prize in a Canadian competition he was invited to record with I Musici de Montreal, and he has appeared with the Moscow Soloists under the direction of Yuri Bashmet.

Ticket for Students of the Moscow Conservatory are $20 ($16 for UI students and senior citizens and $10 for audience members 17 and younger) from the Hancher box office.

Tickets may also be purchased at a substantial discount as part of the Rising Stars Series. Other events on the series are violinist Karen Gomyo on Oct. 30 and pianist

Wendy Chen on April 9. Mercy Iowa City and Mercy On Call are the corporate sponsors of the Rising Stars Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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