Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Musical Performance: "Classical Journey: From Bach to Piazzolla"

Sat, April 2, 2011 | St. Louis King of France Catholic Church 7601 Burnet Rd., Austin, Tx 78757

7:30 PM

Musical Performance:

Organist from Russia: Svetlana Berezhnaya

Violinist: Mark Cheikhet

Admission: Adults-20$, Seniors and students-15$, Children (12-17)-10$, under 12- free

Tickets and information - 512-680-0422

Svetlana Berezhnaya

Ms. Berezhnaya is a graduate of the Gnesin Institute of Moscow and has her Masters Degree in classical organ from the Kazan Conservatory. She was an intern at the Brabant Conservatory of Holland. Her awards include placing second at the Northern Palmira Festival in 1992, 1st  place at the International Organ Competition in Russia in 1996, and in 2000 she gained recognition as an Honored Artist of Russia. She is one of the 5 top organists of Russia and Europe.

Svetlana regularly performs with numerous and prestigious orchestras and choirs in Russia, including t he State Philharmonic of St. Petersburg and the Chamber Choir of Moscow. She has worked with famous conductors, vocalists, and instrumentalists in Europe and the United States including Leo Kramer, Bruce Poley, Mark Sachet, and Graf Murzha. Currently she is the General Director of the Caucas Philharmonic. Ms. Berezhnaya presents master classes on the psychology of performing as well as maintains an active performance schedule throughout Russia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Sweden, the United States, and Canada. In addition to performing and teaching, Svetlana has recorded eight CDs.

Mark Cheikhet

Following in the footsteps of his father and mother, both professional violinists, Mark began his musical career at the age of 5 in a school for gifted children in Moscow, Russia. He came to Texas to study with famous Russian violinist and Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, Mr. Emanuel Borok, and then

with Ellis Shoenfeld at the University of Southern California. In 1995 Mr. Cheikhet traveled to the Moscow Conservatory where he graduated in 2000 as the orchestra conductor. Currently he is enrolled in a Doctoral program at the University of Texas in Austin with one of America's most prestigious violin teachers Professor Gratovich.

Mark was the founder and first violinist in the “International String Quartet” in Hollywood, as well as a prize winner in numerous competitions, in Kansas City, Los Angeles and San Antonio, including the

2006 Grand Prix winner in the Tuesday Musical Club competition. The San Antonio Current stated “<his warm and beautiful sound transforms the listener to another world....... Mark's clarity of musical thought and virtuosity are truly remarkable<” Mr. Cheikhet has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico and the USA. He performs regularly with several Russian symphonies and orchestras.

In addition to his classical career he has performed many jazz concerts with his own compositions. Mark is one of the founders and active soloists of the music organization Musical Bridges around the World, based in San Antonio.

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