Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
Trio No. 1, Op. 8

Mark Cheikhet, violin / Wendy Warner, cello / Irina Nuzova, piano

Accomplished musicians in their own right, cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova achieve a rare artistic synergy by melding their contrasting cultures and traditions. As homage to their respective backgrounds, the women favor Russian and American repertoire, exploring the commonalities and ‘dissonances’ between the two cultural heritages.

Wendy Warner, has become one of the world’s leading cellists. Since she first garnered international attention by winning first-prize at the Fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1990, audiences have watched Warner perform on prestigious stages. Her performances have received high acclaim from critics, including the Chicago Tribune who described her playing as “truly prodigious... persuasive of tone, beautifully shaped and graced with an altogether professional sheen.”

Moscow-born pianist Irina Nuzova studied at Juilliard following rigorous education in Russia. Nuzova has appeared in Europe, the United States and South America, and has won top prizes in several international competitions. Well known for her captivating solo and chamber music performances, Nuzova has been hailed by critics as a musician who “...rises above mere virtuosity” (Washington Post) in her thoughtful rendition of the classical repertoire. As soloist and chamber music partner she distinguishes herself for her “intensity of feeling” (La Nazione, Florence, Italy) and “profound interpretation” (Strad, London).

After performing together for several years, Nuzova and Warner formally came together as the WarnerNuzova cello and piano duo in 2008. Their mission is to perform and record the canonical works for cello and piano from the past and present, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music. Equal prominence of the instruments is a key consideration in the musicians’ choice of repertoire.

Mark Cheikhet, Violinist, was born in 1973 into a family of two professional violinists. Mark began his music education at the age of 5 in a school for gifted children in Moscow, Russia. By the end of his schooling, he had become the concertmaster of its orchestra. In 1991, Mark was offered a full scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX, where he became the concertmaster of the University’s Orchestra and studied with Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, Emanuel Borok. He was invited, with a full scholarship, to study at the University of Southern California with Ellis Shoenfeld. While in Los Angeles, Mark founded and was first violinist in the “International String Quartet,” which became well known for imaginative interpretations of new works by modern composers in the Los Angeles area.

In 1995, Mark chose to study in the Moscow Conservatory where he became the orchestra concertmaster. His teachers were Professors Maya Glezarova, Eward Grach and Sergei Girshenko. At the same time, Mark took classes from Spivakov, Oistrakh and Dihterev. Mark graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2000.

Mark has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Germany, France, Mexico and the USA. Among his recent performances are: Festival in Bressia Italy, Festival of the Russian Art in Marseille, and Festival “Oldenburg Promenade” in Germany. In 2008 he performed for the Russian National Musical Project “Generation of the Stars.” Recently Mark has performed more often in Russia with symphony orchestras such as the Vladimir County Orchestra, Orchestra of Kavkas Philharmonick, and others.

His remarkable sensitivity has earned him such prestigious collaborators as Denis Mazuev, Valery Grohovski, Boris Andrianov, Oleg Ogrinchuk, Methew Hinsley, Daniel Alberty, Michelle Burdoncle and Elena Nogaeva. In addition to his classical career, Mark has performed many jazz concerts of his own compositions.

Mark plays frequently with his wife, Elena Portnaya, Russian pianist and winner of numerous international competitions.

December 12 2010
Sunday, 3:00 PM
McAllister Auditorium,
on the campus
San Antonio College,
1300 San Pedro
San Antonio, Texas

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