Aram Khachaturian (1903 - 1978)
Mark Cheiket, violin & Irina Nuzova, piano.
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.
Irina Nuzova "rises above mere virtuosity" (Washington Post) in her thoughtful rendition of the classical repertoire both as a soloist and as chamber music partner. Ms. Nuzova has performed in the U.S. among others at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, for Boston’s WBGH, the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and at various venues overseas in Europe and South America. Her chamber ensemble appearances include the WarnerNuzoa duo, the acclaimed piano-cello duo with Wendy Warner; collaborations with Calefax, a reed quintet from the Netherlands; and regular performances in string ensembles. A CD will be released with works by Rachmaninov and other Russian romantics on the Cedille label in early 2010.
Ms. Nuzova won top prizes as piano soloist and as chamber ensemble pianist in international competitions such as the Vincenzo Bellini and Citta di Senigallia International Competitions in Italy, the Bruce Hungerford Award at the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York, the Beethoven Piano Sonata International Competition in Memphis, Tennessee., and at the Vittorio Gui and the Premio Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions in Italy.
A native of Moscow, Ms. Nuzova made her debut with the Omsk Philharmonic at the age of 14 while attending the famous Gnessin School of Music. She received her education at Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, and has earned her Doctorate degree from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford) in Connecticut.
December 12 2010
Sunday, 3:00 PM
on the campus
San Antonio College,
1300 San Pedro
San Antonio, Texas
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