Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski, concert pianists with extensive performing experience, came together to share their love of the piano-duo repertory.
Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of “Musical Bridges Around the World”, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.
Their programing is greatly influenced by their cultural roots as Alena was born, raised, and educated in Belorussia and Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya.
Presentation by Sergey Kuznetsov, Professor of Piano at Lone Star College.
Young Polish pianist Marcin Koziak has been chosen to participate in Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He currently is a student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth under the tutorship of Professor Tamas Ungar and the Academy of Music in Krakow.
Marcin Koziak was born in 1989 in Krakow, Poland, in a musical family. At the age of ten he won his first Poland-wide competition. He is a laureate of many Poland-wide and international competitions. Among his awards are: II prize at the 5th International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Narva (Estonia, 2004), I prize at the 2nd International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Budapest (2006) and II prize and three additional prizes at the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam” in Bydgoszcz (Poland, 2007). Marcin has participated in numerous international festivals in Poland, Switzerland, France, Japan, China, and Italy.
Vagram Saradjian, cello
Tatiana Gerasimova, piano
Oleg Sulyga, violin
Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is one of the most formidable pianists of the 20th century and the last truly great composer in the Russian Romantic tradition. Early influences of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov gave way to Rachmaninoff’s personal musical style full of lyricism, expressive breath, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.
The program includes first movement of Rachmaninov’s Trio Elegiaque in D minor written in memory of Tchaikovsky in 1893.
Vagram Saradjian studied at Moscow Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich. He appeared with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Gergiev, Rostropovich, M. Shostakovich and Y. Temirkanov. Mr. Saradjian is a professor of cello at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.
Tatiana Gerasimova actively performs in solo concerts as well as with instrumentalists, ensembles and vocalists throughout Russia, Europe, and USA. She teaches piano at Moores School of Music.
Oleg Sulyga is a violinist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Mercury Baroque. As orchestral musician he has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony. Mr. Sulyga has been a participant of numerous international festivals worldwide such as Prague Spring, Pacific Music Festival, Colmar International Music Festival, and Schlezwig-Holstein Festival.
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance