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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Orchestral concert slated for Nov. 19

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  • The Visitor Center and the Morehouse Parish Library will host a concert featuring Piatigorsky Foundation performers Igor Begelman on the clarinet and Alexandre Moutouzkine on the piano.
    Crafting a career of international dimension, Igor Begelman has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Houston Symphony, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and I Musici de Montreal among many others. His recital appearances have included engagements throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Israel, as well as recitals in such distinguished venues as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, Boston's Faneuil Hall, New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y. Equally accomplished as soloist and chamber musician, his appearances have taken him to the Caramoor and Ravinia, Marlboro, Tanglewood and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.
    Recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Begelman has been honored with a long list of top prizes, including those at the Geneva International, Koussevitsky, Munich International and Carl Nielsen International Clarinet competitions, as well as the Crane New Music Competition. An avid proponent of new music, he has premiered compositions by Jennifer Higdon, Anton Kuerti, Alex Krasotov, Meyer Kupferman, Elliot Schwartz, and Ralph Shapey.
    An active educator, Begelman has given master classes throughout the United States. He served as a Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Director of the Wind Program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, while currently teaching at Brooklyn College and Sarah Lawrence College. Raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Igor Begelman received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School of Music and his Bachelor's degree from The Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Begelman has also received valuable performing and career development opportunities from Astral Artists, a Philadelphia-based organization guiding emerging young artists. His affiliation with The Piatigorsky Foundation allows him to teach and perform classical music in less traditional settings.
    Of Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine The Dallas Morning News wrote, "[he] played Brahms' Op. 117 Intermezzimore beautifully, more movingly, than I've ever heard them At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance."
    A familiar figure on the world's great concert stages, Alexandre Moutouzkine has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy as well as North and South America. In recent seasons, he has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, Gran Canary Symphony and Tenerife Symphony in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, Israel Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic. Alexandre has concertized in leading music capitals including Rome, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, and London where his recital at London's Wigmore Hall was hailed by International Piano magazine as "grandly organic, with many personal and pertinent insights, offering a thoughtful balance between rhetoric and fantasy…technically dazzling" and his performance of Chopin Études in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Russia.
    Page 2 of 2 - Highlights of Alexandre's upcoming season include his Philadelphia recital debut at the Trinity Center in September, a debut with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra where he performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, a return to Symphony in C Orchestra with Mozart C Major Concerto K467, and performances of "Between the Keys," a program of the complete solo piano works of John Corigliano. Internationally, Alexandre tours Asia in the fall with recitals throughout Taiwan and at Beijing Concert Hall in China, Yokohama Recital Hall in Japan and returns to the Bogota Symphony of Colombia for a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.
    Recent seasons' highlights include debuts across the globe including the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, where he performed Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Symphoniker and Lior Shambadal, a chamber-music concert at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse with the Jasper String Quartet, Scriabin's Piano Concerto with the Stamford Symphony led by Eckart Preu and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with New Jersey's Symphony in C Orchestra. In April 2011, Alexandre made his debut at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, introducing his own solo piano transcription of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite live, alongside specially commissioned animation entitled "Who Stole The Mona Lisa?"
    Winner of several world-renowned piano competitions, Alexandre has recently claimed top prizes at the Walter W. Naumburg International Piano Competition, Cleveland Competition, International Competition of Montréal, and Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv, among others.
    An avid chamber musician, he regularly collaborates with various chamber groups as well as, with members of the Dallas Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
    Alexandre Moutouzkine holds a Master's and post-graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky – and begins work as an Associate Teacher in the College Division this fall. His undergraduate degrees are from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover and Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Music Academy.
    The concert will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Visitor Center and is free to the public.
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