Kurganov-Finehouse Duo in Concert

February 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
IL 60605
Kurganov-Finehouse Duo in Concert @ PianoForte Studios

Join the Central Synagogue of Chicago as they present a performance by internationally-acclaimed musicians Daniel Kurganov (violin) and Constantine Finehouse (piano). The program will feature everything from the intimacy of Chopin and Rachmaninoff to the deeply impassioned and life-affirming sounds of Cesar Franck in his famed Sonata for Violin and Piano. Throughout the evening, the duo will also speak about the “Golden Age” tradition of violin playing and The Violins of Hope Project, where violins recovered from the ghettos and concentration camps of WWII have been restored and can thrive once again, telling their story to the world through vibrant sounds.

Ernest Bloch
Nigun from “Baal Shem – Pictures of Hassidic Life”

~Short discussion of Ivry Gitlis and the legacy of the Golden Age of 20th century violin playing~

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Valse Sentimentale Op.51 No.6

Frédéric Chopin
Selection for Piano Solo (TBD)

~Short presentation on The Violins of Hope project~

John Williams
Schindler’s List Theme

Brief Intermission

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Не пой красавица (“Sing not, my beauty”)

César Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Daniel Kurganov, Violinist
Hailed by the Boston Musical Intelligencer his “empowered sound, penetrating colors and expert phrase shapes”, American Violinist Daniel Kurganov has emerged as a unique voice synthesizing musical values of different eras. In 2018, Daniel released his debut album (under the SpiceClassics Label) with pianist Constantine Finehouse. Having toured throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, last season included performances with the New Hampshire Philharmonic (as soloist), two concert tours of Japan, and a residency at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 2011, Daniel was invited by Maestros Shlomo Mintz and Rudolf Koelman to take part in The Violins of Hope project in Switzerland, Sion, where he had the honor of performing on a violin rescued from the Auschwitz Concentration camp. Daniel is as well a passionate teacher, holding a private studio in addition to various outreach engagements. He also curates a YouTube channel with 6 million viewers, writes for the Boston Musical Intelligencer on the topic of musical performance, and leads workshops and masterclasses internationally. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Daniel completed his Masters at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and also studied at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago. His most vital teachers have been Rudolf Koelman (protégé of Jascha Heifetz) and Ilya Kaler.

Constantine Finehouse, Pianist
Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his “interpretations of depth and maturity,” Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the US and abroad, including in Salzburg, Trieste, London, St. Petersburg and Odessa. His album with cellist Sebastian Baverstäm features music by Brahms and Boston composer Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo release, “Backwards Glance,” interweaves works by Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. “The Bolcom Project”, made in collaboration with with his American Double partner, violinist Philip Ficsor, included an Albany Records 2-CD album and a national tour with concerts in Boston, New York, Denver, Santa Barbara, Spokane and at Yale University. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” 2018 will see the premiere of Bolcom’s Horn Trio with Ficsor and Steven Gross, a work commissined by the group. Finehouse’s recording of Bolcom’s piano solo works for Naxos Records was released earlier this year. During the recent seasons Finehouse has performed at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Miaskovsky Hall (Moscow Conservatory), Merkin Recital Hall, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Jordan Hall (Boston), as well as at Harvard, Yale, and Emory universities, and St. Vincent’s and Elmira colleges, among others. With degrees from Juilliard and Yale, Finehouse teaches at New England Conservatory, and serves as Visiting Artist/Faculy at Westmont College, CA.