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Moscow Conservatory's finest give glimpse of the future of Russian
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
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
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.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction. People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.