RCMFS will be hosting a concert at the beautiful venue of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on September 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM, featuring Danish and Russian musicians. The “Russian Kaleidoscope” concert will feature a program of exciting pieces by Frolov, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Zapolsky.
Suggested donation for adults $20, seniors $15, students with college ID $10, kids up to 18 free.
Group rates available by calling (425) 829-1345.
I. Frolov – Divertimento for Two Violins and Piano
S. Prokofiev – Sonata for Two Violins
S. Rachmaninoff – “Romance,” Op. 6 No. 1
N. Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherezade, Op. 35 for violin and piano
R. Shchedrin – “In the style of Albeniz”
P. Tchaikovsky – Russian Dance
P. Tchaikovsky – Waltz-Scherzo
A. Zapolsky – Prelude for Solo Violin
Vera Panitch was born in 1993 in Copenhagen. She is of Russian heritage and began her violin studies under Arkadi Zelianodjevo. At the age of 15, she was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music with the highest score. At the Academy she earned her Bachelor’s degree with the highest score in both violin and chamber music.
In 2009 Ms. Panitch participated in Denmark’s Got Talent, a national televised competition, and won Second Prize. After that she had many opportunities to perform with professional orchestras and as a soloist. In 2009 she performed with Danish National Chamber Orchestra as a soloist at DR’s Big Christmas Show, which aired on television in all of Scandinavia.
Since her appearance on national television, Ms. Panitch has had continued success in her musical endeavors. She has performed with additional major Danish orchestras, including the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Zapolski Strings, Rødovre Concert Band, and The Mermaids. She has also shared concerts with different renowned Danish artists like Hella Joof, Nikolaj Koppel, Kim Sjøgren, Erann DD, Birthe Kjær, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and more.
In 2010 she received the Rødovre Music Prize and won the Gold Medal in the Berlingske Tidernes Music Competition. Ms. Panitch has recorded countless times with great musicians like Steen Hansen, Peter Busborg, Peter Vesth and Danish Radio Youth Orchestra as principal violin.
Ms. Panitch enjoys performing with her piano trio which plays a combination of classical music and jazz, as well as with her quartet ”Oeresund String Quartet.” She and her quartet have also performed at several popular projects, notably with Danish accordionist, Bjarke Mogensen.
In addition to being sought-after as a soloist and a chamber musician, she is also in demand as an assistant in various professional orchestras in Copenhagen. At the age of 19 she had performed several times as either first or second violinist with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, and Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Recently Ms. Panitch won First Prize at the Jacob Gades Violin Competition and a prize for the Best Performance of a Musical Piece Composed by a Danish Composer, for her performance of Carl Nielsen’s violin concerto. Ms. Panitch had the honor of playing in masterclasses for Nikolay Znaider, Boris Kushnir and Gerhard Schultz.
In March 2014 she will be performing at composer Benjamin de Murashkin’s debut concert, where she will premier his violin concerto specially written for her.
Ms. Panitch plays a Johann Michael Willer 1983 violin, kindly made available to her by the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Jens Elfving was born 1988 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He started to play the violin at 4 years old with his father Leif, vice president of the swedish Suzuki association. When he was only 13 years old, he performed Manuel de Falla´s Danse Espagnole for over 3000 people and toured with orchestras throughout Europe, including France, Belgium and Germany.
At the age of 16, he was admitted to the Falun Conservatory of Music with principal Gunnar Crantz as main teacher. Jens was chosen to be concert master for the orchestra and participate in masterclasses with many brilliant violinists – Benjamin Schmid, Daniel Röhn and Malin Broman – concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He has also been an active participant in many swedish music festivals and courses for young talented violinists, including Kall, Bohus-Malmön, Kungshamn, Arvika, Jönköping, Västerås, Bingsjö, Östbjörka, Delsbo, Ransäter and Degeberga. Many of his activities were supported by The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
In 2009, he got his Bachelor´s degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, with soloists Cecilia Ziliacus and Bartosz Caljer as main teachers. He got to play concerts with many world class conductors, including Daniel Harding in Berwald Hall, Stockholm. In 2012, he got his Master´s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Serguei Azizian as main teacher. At the academy, he was kindly loaned a fine Guarneri violin and was also chosen to participate in masterclasses with Gerhard Schultz – Alban Berg Quartet, Kikuei Ikeda, Kazuhide Isomura – Tokyo Quartet and legendary violin teacher Milan Vitek. His master´s project was very well recieved and he scored top grades in all his classes – especially solo violin and ensemble music. Jens also got to study a period in New York, playing for masters like Mela Tenenbaum, Ole Böhn, Kikuei Ikeda and Albert Markov, former student of Khachaturian. The tour was supported by many foundations: Lundgrenska Stiftelsen, Stiftelsen AAA, Letterstedska föreningen, Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse & Willinska Stiftelsen. Oticon Fonden and the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music.
Jens is often invited to many different projects, due to his talent is not limited to classical music. He writes string arrangements for Dalhalla – Sweden´s biggest outside stage. He is also very active as a composer in Denmark where he writes string arrangements for famous danish artist Peter Vesth and tours with many great artists, most lately Steen Hansen, one of Denmarks best guitarists.
Jens now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he works as a freelance violinist and Suzuki teacher. He has several upcoming solo, trio and quartet concerts and also plays frequently with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra andCopenhagen Phil. In 2013, he has been invited to play Mendelssohn violin concerto in Sweden and Peterson-Berger violin concerto in Romania with conductor Mario Gropsianu.
For more information, please visit www.elfving.eu.
Natalya Ageyeva has dazzled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, including Italy, Austria, and Israel, as well as on tour in her native Russia. Her performances have also been broadcast several times locally on KING-FM in Seattle and televised in Moscow and Chicago. She has appeared at a broad range of venues, including the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Carnegie Hall in New York, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and the Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow. Her pianism prompted one reviewer to write “Immediately apparent was a tremendous technique at the command of a sharp musical intelligence and fingers of steel.”
Her artistry has earned her awards and recognition around the world, including the Young Artist Competition in Moscow, Rotary Club Scholarship in Chicago, Brechemin Scholarship at the University of Washington, Solo Competition Award from the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, the Green Lake Music Festival Competition in Wisconsin, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New-York, and the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. An artist of great versatility, Ageyeva has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras internationally. She has also been an active participant in many music festivals, including the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival, Methow Valley Music Festival in Winthrop (WA), Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma (WA), First Sunday at the Commons Series in Bainbridge Island (WA), Seattle Symphony Chamber Music Series in Seattle (WA), Olympic Music Festival (WA), and Green Lake Music Festival (WI).
Ageyeva began formal piano lessons at the age of thirteen when she was accepted by the prestigious Special Music School for Talented Children in Moscow, and graduated with honors in the Masters Program from the world-renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with Valeriy Kastelsky. While at the Moscow Conservatory, Ageyeva was offered extensive solo and orchestra appearances throughout the former Soviet Union. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Washington with distinguished pianists Bela Siki and Robin McCabe. She has also worked with well-known pianists John O’Conner, Victor Merjanov, and Helene Grimaud, and collaborated with conductors Vladimir Vais, Alexander Rudin, Peter Erös, and Michael Miropolsky. Ageyeva previously taught at Moscow Conservatory and University of Washington, and has adjudicated piano competitions in Chicago, Seattle, and Vancouver BC. Ageyeva is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. It is starting its sixth successful year of bringing high-level chamber music to the Seattle area.
In addition to growing the Foundation, she is currently focusing on her solo career and chamber music performances. Ageyeva is a member of recently formed “Thirty Fingers” group with pianists Deborah Dewey and Lisa Bergman. For more information, please visit www.natalyapiano.com.