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MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UNDER ALEXEI KORNIENKO AT GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

January 7, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOMES

MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

UNDER CONDUCTOR ALEXEI KORNIENKO

WITH PIANIST ALEXANDER SINCHUK

AND CELLIST JULIAN SCHWARZ

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 5, 2009 “From the first notes played by the violas, one could predict that a special music event was about to start.” (Palm Beach Daily News) Founded in 1978 with the purpose of broadcasting the expansive symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries throughout Russia, the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra has spent the last 30 years bringing the exquisite music of Russian composers to audiences around the world. This spring, the orchestra appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall under the direction of Alexei Kornienko with a pair of young virtuoso musicians—pianist Alexander Sinchuk and cellist Julian Schwarz.  Together, they perform a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” Overture and “Scheherazade,” Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35, as well as Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” Op. 43 and “Variations on a Rococo Theme in A for Cello and Orchestra,” Op. 33. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the Magnificent Music series sponsor for the 2009-10 season.

Following the European musical tradition, this grand 160-member orchestra does not have a permanent chief conductor; instead, Music Director Anatoli Nemudrov invites distinguished maestros from Russia and around the globe to conduct the ensemble in order to facilitate the continuing development and mastery of the musicians. Since its inception, the orchestra has expanded from radio to television, and has participated in projects with Korea’s KBC and Germany’s ZDF. In 1980 the orchestra created a major subscription series called “Young Stars of Russia” in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In addition to the ensemble’s extensive work for television, radio and film soundtracks, the orchestra has performed at the Kremlin Palace with the Moscow Classical Ballet in performances of “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Cinderella” and “The Firebird.”  In addition to touring at home and abroad, the orchestra is frequently in the recording studio and has produced more than 30 albums.

Kornienko is recognized as being a deeply committed musician with a strong sense of loyalty to the composer’s intentions within the score as well as to a modern responsibility to interpret and demonstrate his individuality in performance. Beginning music lessons at the age of 5, Kornienko went on to study piano and conducting at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (where he later became a professor of piano) and was subsequently awarded first prize in the Rachmaninoff Piano Competition. Throughout his career he has served as the conductor of concerts for the former Soviet Union, the music director of the Collegium Musicum Carinthia chamber orchestra in Austria and the Moscow Classical Festival, as well as the artistic director of the Worthersee Classical Festival in Austria. He was appointed to the position of music director of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and has in recent years become one of the most sought-after conductors around the world and is regularly engaged for world premieres of highly complex contemporary scores.

At the age of 21, Sinchuk has already had a remarkable career and has won awards and placed first in many prestigious national and international piano competitions in Russia and abroad. He began studying piano at age 7, and later studied under many acclaimed Russian pianists, including Izolda Zemskova, Honored Artist of Russia and professor of the Far East Academy of Russia, and Naum Shtarkman, People’s Artist of Russia and distinguished professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Sinchuk has performed numerous solo concerts around the globe, and in 2009 made his Carnegie Hall debut with a solo recital performing works of Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.  In addition, he has participated in subscription and charitable concerts throughout Russia for the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation.

Born in Seattle to a musical family, 18-year-old Schwarz is a virtuoso cellist who has already received praise and recognition for his great talent and musical potential. He made his professional debut at the age 11, performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony under the direction of his father, the ensemble’s music director, Gerard Schwarz. He has since performed with numerous ensembles and as a soloist in the Seattle area and across the United States, and as a chamber musician in the Aspen, Interlochen, Eastern, California Summer and Encore music festivals. Schwarz was named the “Featured Young Artist” at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Cape Cod Music Festival, and has been invited to perform at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. In 2007 and 2008 he won the Northwest Sinfonietta Youth Concerto Competition, which led to his appointment as assistant conductor of Seattle’s Lake Union Civic Orchestra under Christophe Chagnard. Schwarz attends the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studies cello with Ronald Leonard.

HSBC Bank is the Magnificent Music series sponsor for the 2009-10 season.

Tickets for MOSCOW STATE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are $56, $48, $28. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

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