Music for Youth plans benefit concert featuring Russian pianists
Music for Youth invite local residents to its annual benefit concert, featuring Russian piano virtuosi Vassily Primakov and Konstantin Soukhovetski, on Nov. 6 at
The program, hosted by Trinity Church in Southport, will feature Rachmaninoff's Suite No.2 for Two Pianos, Mozart's Sonata in C for Four Hands, Mendelssohn's Concerto in E for Two Pianos and Ravel's La Valse for Two Pianos.
The event will include cameo appearances by Alex Beyer, local piano wunderkind, and soprano Erica Intilangelo, Music for Youth 2010 scholarship winner.
Moscow natives Primakov and Soukhovetski studied music from an early age and attended the legendary Moscow Central Special Music School.
Primakov came to the United States after winning first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2002. Highly praised debut recitals followed, as did performances with leading orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad while he continued studying with Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School. Juilliard gave him the prestigious Petschek Piano Recital Award with a debut at Alice Tully Hall.
Primakov was featured on the cover of the June, 2009 International Record Review as "a pianist of first rank," and his recordings of Beethoven sonatas and Chopin concertos continue to receive rave reviews.
Soukhovetski's career has followed a similar course. He began piano studies at age four, later entering the Moscow Central Special Music School. Before coming to the U.S. to study at Juilliard, he toured throughout Europe. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees are from Juilliard, where he won the Arthur Rubenstein Prize and the Petschek Award, with a debut at Alice Tully Hall. He received his Artist Diploma while studying with Jerome Lowenthal.
The benefit concert is presented annually by Music for Youth to fund its many free programs, while offering the community an evening of classical music.
Tickets -- $50 for adults and $25 for students -- include a post-concert dinner party, and may be purchased at Sally's Place, 190 Main Street, Westport, by calling 203-227-1611 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, go to www.musicforyouth.net.