SHANDELEE, NY (August 19, 2015) – There will be a full house of talent on Saturday, August 22, 2015, when the Shandelee Music Festival features Dmitri Berlinsky & Friends in “An Evening of Chamber Music.”
Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the International music scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, which in turn led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini’s own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs came at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, and with orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, and North and South America. Mr. Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Herkulessaal, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
Performing with Mr. Berlinksy will be cellist Andrey Tchekmazov, pianist Elena Baksht, violist Richard Young, and cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia.
Mr. Tchekmazov, the Grand Prize winner of the Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition and the Premio Trio di Trieste, has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, appearing at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Brazil’s Sala Cecilia Mereles, Sala Sao Paulo and Teatro Alfa.
Ms. Baksht’s career as a piano soloist and chamber musician has taken her throughout the world including appearances with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, New Philharmonic of New Jersey, Jupiter Symphony, at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood, and at the Fontainebleau Festival (France), International Festival De Musica (Costa Rica), Bruge Recital Festival Series (Belgium) and Rutgers University Summer Fest.
At the age of 13, violist Richard Young was invited to perform for Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. He has given recitals throughout North and South America, Europe, the Far East, Africa, and Australia. Mr. Young has performed at many prestigious festivals throughout the world and has recorded over three dozen works for Teldec, Naxos, Orion, Cedille, Vox, Musical Heritage, Angelicum, and Alden Productions, receiving three Grammy nominations for his work.
Santiago Cañón-Valencia began his studies at the age of 4, giving his first concerto performance with the Bogotá Philharmonic at the age of 6. He has performed with orchestras in Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, China, South Africa, United States, Canada, Hungary.
The program for Berlinsky & Friends includes String Quartet No. 2, Op.35 in A minor by Anton Arensky and Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 by Johannes Brahms.
All performances in the Sunset Concert Series begin at 8 p.m., and each concert will be followed by a specialty dessert reception. The Shandelee Music Festival Sunset Concert Pavilion is located at 442 J. Young Road, Livingston Manor.
Concert tickets are $30 for adults, $25.00 for Shandelee Music Festival members and $10.00 for students 17 and under. Advanced concert reservations are required by calling 845-439-3277. Online reservations can be made at http://www.shandelee.org/concerts/tickets.htm.