Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


Violinist Emil Israel Chudnovsky & Pianist Eric Himy

March 17, 2018, 7:30pm -Hiway Pentecostal Church

Violinist Michael Guttman & Pianist Eric Himy

Emil Israel Chudnovsky, Violin

Michael Guttman

“[Headline] Cheers for Chudnovsky…Saturday's IPO concert may be remembered as the night Emil Chudnovsky came to town…to say he was soloist would be to miss the point. Chudnovsky was the center of the music…The flamboyant cadenza by itself was worth the price of admission…a wonderful performance…a sublime, almost erotic sound.”

The Star Newspapers (2004)

Chicago, Illinois

Emil Israel Chudnovsky hearkens back to the grand romantic tradition of the golden age of violinists. His lush sound and inimitable ability to connect with audiences have garnered him accolades from listeners, presenters and critics alike. He is the son of the world famous violinist, Nina Beilina. Recent seasons have been full of firsts, including his debut this season at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea with the Kammersymphonie Berlin, and his recent inaugural recording with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Equally notable benchmarks include Chudnovsky’s debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Mexico, when he replaced an indisposed soloist for a previously unknown concerto on ten days’ notice. Other recent appearances included Chudnovsky’s recital debut in Auckland, New Zealand, and concert debuts with the Manassas Symphony, Macon Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Orquesta de la Ciudad de los Reyes in Lima, Peru. On radio, Chudnovsky has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today”, Boston’s WGBH and the UK’s BBC3. His chamber music activity has also been intense, with repeated festival appearances at the famed Newport Music Festival and at Germany’s Henselt Festival, as well as concerts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York’s Merkin Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall.

A veteran of the competition circuit, Chudnovsky is the winner of top prizes from nine international competitions. He holds 1st Prize from the XI International Curci Violin Competition (Naples), 1st Prize from the Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs and, most recently, 1st prize from the Valsesia-Musica International Violin Competition (Milan). Twice a laureate of the “Premio Paganini” International Competition, he also holds 2nd Prize from the D’Angelo International Competition, as well as awards from the Rodolfo Lipizer, Szeryng and Enescu international competitions.

Chudnovsky has performed in Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In the United States, he has played recitals and concerts with orchestra in Washington DC, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, New York, South Dakota, Maryland, California and Florida, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall, and a debut at the Encore Summer Festival in Ohio that gave him the unique distinction of being the only non-CIM student or alumnus invited to appear on the Festival’s Blue Ribbon series.

Releasing his first solo album, “So, What Have You Done Lately?” in 2000, Chudnovsky followed it in 2002 with a live concert recording of the Bruch and Saint-Saens #3 violin concerti. His third CD – “The Golden Age” (JB Records) – was released in 2005, making him the first American violinist to record in China for a Chinese label. As a frequent soloist with the Israeli chamber orchestra "The King David String Ensemble," Chudnovsky has also toured in Belgium, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Burma, and Japan.

Chudnovsky began concertizing at the age of eleven with a solo performance on Uruguayan television and in concert with the Montevideo Chamber Orchestra. The same year, he was featured in a series of live radio broadcasts from the Mostly Mozart Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. Since then, Chudnovsky has performed to great critical acclaim all over the world, having toured extensively in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Emil Chudnovsky was born in Moscow, Russia to renowned violinist Nina Beilina and the late eminent opera conductor, Maestro Israel Chudnovsky. After immigrating to the United States, Chudnovsky began violin studies at the Mannes College of Music pre-college division. Having studied at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, he holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music and Yale University.

Chudnovsky plays on a copy of the ex-Joachim del Gesu made for him in July 2010 by Howard Needham.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2otifIwbic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIxVh4EMQ70

Eric Himy, piano

Eric Himy

Eric Himy is one of those pianists whose performances are rare gems. He has been hailed as a throwback to another era, a colorist with a technique that transcends normal barriers in the pursuit of the rare magical combination of music with meaning, yet alive with visceral energy and passion and he excels in exploiting the resources of the instrument to create something totally new and out of the ordinary going beyond the score. His playing has been described by The New York Times as “flawlessly poised, elegant and brilliant.” The Revue Musicale De Suisse Romande wrote: “There is some Horowitz in those steel wrists and those rubber fingers: a feline approach to the keyboard, alternating caressing velvet paws and nervous strokes of claws, a sensually gourmand exploitation of sonorities, a high-level eloquence, virtuoso.” His compelling artistry has intrigued audiences around the world and he has received critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, South America, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Slovenia. Mr. Himy has been heard most notably at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, The Frick Collection, The Phillips Collection, Teatro Amazonas, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris and on NPR “Performance Today.

A champion of contemporary composers, Mr. Himy commissioned “Gargoyles” by the American composer Lowell Liebermann and gave the world premiere at his debut recital in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall (this American work has gone on to become one of the most popular contemporary piano pieces and it has been recorded and performed by many pianists including Stephen Hough and also Yuja Wang who performed it in Carnegie Hall in 2013).

A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Himy began piano studies at age six, giving his first concert at age 10. He was guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and at 19 he made his National Symphony Orchestra debut under Hugh Wolf as well as performing with conductors Russell Stanger, Serge Baudo, Kenneth Schermerhorn, and with Antoni Wit, who was making his American debut. Mr. Himy went on to win numerous competitions and awards including the Gold Medal at the 1988 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, the Kosciuszko Chopin Prize in New York, and top honors in the 1991 Milosz Magin International Competition in Paris. He has replaced ailing soloists on many occasions such as Pascal Rogé and Alain Planes. Himy studied biochemistry and music at the University of Maryland, and received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York, having studied with Thomas Schumacher, Adele Marcus and Josef Villa.

His recordings include an all-Ravel CD for Ivory Classics about which the BBC Music Magazine April 2003 wrote: “If you want Ravel’s two piano cycles, Miroirs and Gaspard de la Nuit I have no hesitation in recommending this. As for the Miroirs, I have never heard the five pieces done better.” Paul Turok of the New York Times wrote: “Pianist Eric Himy’s name is hardly a household word among music lovers, but if he plays other composers as well as he plays Ravel, it deserves to be.” He also recorded the original manuscript version of Rhapsody in Blue in an all-Gershwin CD which features brilliant Gershwin transcriptions of his own and those of Earl Wild. Classics Today 2005 wrote: “There’s no denying Himy’s virtuosic flair, this is a fascinating disc.” His Schumann CD was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as CD pick of 2007.

He was featured on the cover of the 2006 May/June issue of Clavier and in Musical Opinion May/June 2007. Mr. Himy was invited by the Bernstein family to celebrate the 90th anniversary tribute to Leonard Bernstein in a Gala concert at the 2008 Lukas Foss Music Festival in the Hamptons.In 2010, Mr. Himy celebrated Chopin’s 200th Anniversary by performing more than 40 concerts worldwide including an appearance on MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) performing a Chopin recital. He also gave several performances of the Chopin Piano Concerto no. 1, one notably at the 2010 Marienbad Chopin Festival in the Czech Republic, and made his debut at the Bayreuth Steingraeber Festival in Germany. In 2011, Mr. Himy celebrated Liszt’s 200th Anniversary and performance highlights at the Salle Molière in Lyons, France and Carnegie Hall, NY and at the famed Teatru Manoel in Malta. The Times critic wrote: “Few who were at the Manoel Theatre on Sunday will ever forget this American gentleman’s recital. It will remain one of the years’ highlights and probably many more to come.”

Mr. Himy performed in the 2012 Pietrasanta Music Festival, Italy for the King and Queen of Belgium and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli with violinist Emil Israel Chudnovsky, cellist Wendy Sutter and baritone Stephen Salters in an all-American program which featured some of Eric Himy’s acclaimed “Gershwin in Paris”. In 2013, Mr. Himy performed with Saint Petersburg Symphony in Russia under Vladimir Lande who re-invited him in 2014 to perform the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. He was also invited in 2013 and 2014 to perform in Brussels by friends of the pianist Martha Argerich and the performance was an exciting success resulting in invitations to Summer Festivals such as the 2014 Pietrasanta Music Festival in Italy and Napa Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Himy will also be performing Summer 2016 in Puerto Rico on the Grand Pianists Series.

He has recorded 15 CDs, 3 DVDs and his website is www.erichimy.com

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