Nikita Borisevich, violin
Lixia Li, piano
Schumann Violin Sonata ?2 d minor op.121
Ysaye Sonata for violin solo ?2 a minor op.27
Tchaikovsky Meditation op.42
Wieniawski Variation on an original theme op.15
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Violinist Nikita Borisevich swept onto the Russian stage as one of todays most promising younger virtuosos. He was born into a musical family and was five years old when he began studying the violin. His first teacher was his father, who was trained by students of the renowned Russian teachers Stolyarsky and Gutnikov. His fate was decided at age twelve, when he made his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra, playing a Haydn Violin Concerto. At fifteen, he won a Russian National Competition for Violinists and Cellists called The Magical Bow in Perm, Russia, as well as the Perm Youth Music Festival, as a result of which he performed with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra twice more. Later, Nikita enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory on full scholarship to study with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman.
During his years at the Moscow Conservatory, Nikita toured and performed in the Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Last season, Nikita performed with the Ural Republic Symphony Orchestra playing works by Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. Nikita also broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russische Musikakdemie Dortmund (2005), as well as the Heifetz Music Academy (2010). This year, Nikita performed with the Volgograd Academic Orchestra. Also he is a prize-winner(second prize) of the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition (Baltimore, February 2012).
An avid chamber musician, Nikita has performed chamber quintets by Frank, Dvorak and Shostakovich in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2010 won a diploma and special prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius(Lithuania). He participated in Chamber Music Festival in Togliatti(Russia, 2009, 2011). Also in 2011, Nikita won Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition(trio division) in St.-Petersburg, Russia. This year, he made debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society( chamber music series).
Nikita is now pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Victor Danchenko, concurrently with doing a post-graduate degree at the Moscow Conservatory of Music with Alexander Bonduriansky.
Lixia Li is considered a pianist with "unusual talent, incredible instinct, mature pianism and great artistic insights," by eminent artists as Phillippe Entremont, John Perry and Jacob Lateiner. She has performed in masterclasses given by famous pianists, such as Leon Fleisher, Phillippe Entremont, Aldo Ciccolini, John Perry, Francoise Thinat, Jacob Lateiner, Leslie Howard, Jerome Rose, Anthony di Bonaventura, Lee Kum Sing, Boris Petrushansky, and Vladimir Shakin. She has been invited to participate and perform in various music festivals such as Casalmaggoire International Festival in Italy, Prague International Piano Masterclasses in Prague, Belguim International Piano Week in Belguim, International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy, Brandywine Piano Institute at University of Pennsylvania, Grandin Festival at Cincinnati and International Keyboard Institute & Festival at New York. Besides performing solo piano repertoire, Ms. Li also has abundant experience in chamber music and opera. She has taken part in opera production of Werther, L'elisir d'amore, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Barber of Seville in collaboration with Terry Lusk, Sylvia Plyler and Maestro Mark Gibson. Ms. Li has performed actively as soloist and chamber musician in Hong Kong, China, Europe and the United States in various recital halls such as Cortile del Museo Diotti, Casalmaggoire, Italy, Cappella di Santa Chiara, Casalmaggoire, Italy, Aula magna di Santa Chiara, Casalmaggoire, Italy, Hong Kong City Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, Guang Zhou Friendship Art Center, North Kentucky University Greaves Concert Hall, University of Alabama Moody Music Concert Hall, , University of Cincinnati Werner Recital Hall and Corbett Auditorium, W.M.P. Concert Hall in New York City, Leipzig Gohlis Chateau, Belgium Maison de Wavre, Prague Jan Deyl Conservatory, and Prague Villa Bertramka at Mozart Museum. Ms. Li earned her Bachelor degree and Master degree respectively at The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Jonathan Bass and Prof. Elizabeth Pridonoff and Eugene Pridonoff; and where she won the Piano Honors Competition and Chamber Music Honors Competition. She is currently studying with Prof. Boris Slutsky at the prestigious Peabody Institute of Music of John Hopkins University as Graduate Performance Diploma candidate. Ms. Li's competitive accolades include the Young Artists Competition of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto and Aria Competition of the Huxford Symphony in 2002, and a semi-finalist in the Viardo International Piano Competition in 2007 and finalist and "Audience Favorite Award" in Seattle International Piano Competition in 2009 and finalist in the 5th "Mozart" International Piano Competition, in Italy in 2010. Ms. Li has been awarded "Career Development Award" from Peabody Institute of Music of John Hopkins University in 2011.