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Desautels Quartet featuring Oleg Pokhanovski

Date: April 11, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $10, Free with Student ID (all colleges and high schools accepted)

Join us for this concert with violinist Oleg Pokhanovski, pianist Edmund Dawe, pianst Judy Kehler Siebert, and cellist Minna Rose Chung.

Performances Include:

P. Schoenfield's Cafe Music for the Piano Trio
M. de Falla's Six Spanish Dances for cello and piano
N. Paganini and O. Pokhanovski's Four Caprices for violin and piano

N. Paganini and O. Pokhanovski's Four Caprices for violin and piano
C. Hatzis' Old Photographs for the Piano Trio
A. Piazzola's Spring for the Piano Trio
H. Berens' Quartet for violin, cello and two pianos

Oleg Pokhanovski began his career as a violinist at the age of 6, giving his first performance with the Kuybyshev Symphony in Russia. At 10, he was accepted into the renowned Special Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow and later studied at the Moscow State Conservatory with Prof. Valery Klimov, but he cites his most influential teachers to be his uncle, violinist Lev Zaides, and pianist Svetlana Vorobyova.

Invited to move to the United States, he received full scholarships at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music studying with Dorothy DeLay, Pinchas Zukerman and Ani Kavafian, and took part in the “Solisti dal Mondo” program under Taras Gabora. Pokhanovski was also awarded a doctor of music degree at the University of Montreal.

Pokhanovski’s deep admiration for the great musicians of the past ­­ Heifetz, Menuhin, Milstein, Kreisler and others ­­ is evident in his sensitive, passionate style of playing. The Winnipeg Free Press said of his performances, "Pokhanovski's high­energy performances are characterized by an unmistakeably genuine passion for the music. Urgent, serious and heartfelt – all are words that aptly describe Oleg Pokhanovski’s playing."

Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of eight prestigious international violin competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona and CIEM in Geneva, among others, and was first prize winner of the 1990 Scheveningen International Violin Competition. He is also a two­time recipient of the prestigious Canada Council National Career Development Grant, as well as a multiple recipient of Conceil des Arts du Quebec and Manitoba Arts Council Grants.

Pokhanovski has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Russia, giving over 1000 concerts in total. He has also been invited to perform on national television and radio in Russia, Serbia, Poland, Canada and the Netherlands. He is a founder and artistic director of the "Oleg and Friends" concert series in Winnipeg.

Pokhanovski is assoc. prof. of violin with the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, having previously held the same position at LSSU. His work can be heard on three released CDs, entitled "Solo Violin," "The Mirror Image," and "La Valse."

Proceeds from this performance will benefit future classical music events at LSSU.