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Nazar Dzhuryn and Irina Feoktistova

April 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Nazar Dzhuryn and Irina Feoktistova @ Pianoforte Studios


B. Martinu  Variations on the Theme of Rossini
F. Chopin  Sonata op. 65 1st mov
A. Ginastera  Pampeana No 2
S. Rachmaninov Sonata op. 19 3mov
I. Stravinsky  Suite Italienne Tarantella, Minuet and Finale


Nazar Dzhuryn is a native of Lviv, Ukraine. He began his cello studies at the age of six and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Lviv Music School under Mr. Evgeny Shpitzer. His Master of Music degree under Professor Igor Gavrysh is from the Moscow State Conservatory. Upon graduation, he spent 2 years at the Moscow State Conservatory as an Assistant Professor of Cello.
Nazar Dzhuryn was the principal cellist of the Moscow Conservatory Symphony and the Moscow State Symphony “Young Russia”. He performed in numerous solo recitals throughout Russia, Ukraine, South America, Africa and the United States and was a soloist with the Moscow Conservatory Symphony, the Moscow State Symphony, and the Lviv Philharmonia Symphony. His Festival participation has been with the Rostropovich Festival in Evian, France, the Boulder Festival, Colorado and the Woodstock Mozart Festival, Illinois. An active chamber musician and orchestral player, Mr. Dzhuryn has appeared in concert with many classical music legends: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Georg Solti, Boris Pergamenchikov, Hellmunt Rilling, Mark Peskanov, Rachel Barton Pine, Cyrus Forough and James Galway.
When he arrived in the United States, Mr. Dzhuryn concluded his studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University under full scholarship. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Chicago Cello Society.  Currently he is a member of the music faculty at Elgin Community College and the Naperville School for the Performing Arts. He also serves as principal cellist of the Woodstock Mozart Festival and as assistant principal cellist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.


Irina Feoktistova graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia. A classically trained pianist, she has performed in the major halls of St. Petersburg, Russia, and toured Europe and the United States as a soloist, duo pianist, and accompanist. In 1995, as a part of a piano duo, she participated in the Park Lane Group auditions and was chosen from 260 participants to perform at the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall, one of the best in London. The piano duo Jana Polianovskaja / Irina Feoktistova won third prize at The First International Competition of Contemporary Music Interpretation in Weimar, Germany (1996). 

In 1997 she gave series of concerts as a piano soloist with The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, conductor Mr. Robert Groslot. Also that year she participated in The Ninth International New Music Festival titled Sound Ways as a piano duo and recorded her first CD. Ms. Feoktistova relocated to the United States in 1998, and since then she has performed extensively in Chicagoland area and worked as a free-lance musician at the Roosevelt, Loyola, Northwestern, and DePaul universities. She has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions as an accompanist and music director. She is also active in various projects performing Russian and American contemporary music. Her USA tours include series of concerts with Russian singer and composer Elena Antonenko. 

Since 2004, Ms. Feoktistova has had the privilege to be an accompanist for the world’s foremost performer of Baroque trumpet, Crispian Steele-Perkins on his yearly USA tours. In 2004 she won The Kawai CD Recording Competition in piano solo category. Ms. Feoktistova is affiliated withCUBE , MAVerick and Vox3 ensembles in Chicago and with The Union of Composers in St. Petersburg, where in May of 2005 she performed a program of American contemporary music at the 41st International Festival St. Petersburg Musical Spring and recorded her CD titledMusical Bridge, Chicago – St. Petersburg. In 2005 and 2007 she participated in John Cage’sMusicircus events organized by Chicago Composers Forum and The Museum of Contemporary Art. For the 2007 Musicircus event Irina initiated the Scriabin color-music program, that she performed piano solo accompanied by digitally created color animation projected on the stage background. 

In 2005-2006 Ms. Feoktistova worked as a coach and interpreter for Vladimir Galouzine, the principal Russian tenor, performing in Manon Lescaut and Turandot at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She worked as a back stage pianist for Der Rosenkavalier (2006) and played organ part with the Lyric Opera Orchestra for Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten (2007, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor). Irina has been the principal keyboardist with Millennium Chamber Players, a Chicago based ensemble, since it was founded in 2006. Her recordings include piano solo Classical and Contemporary music. Her 20th century repertoire includes works such as Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs with Russian singer Elena Antonenko (2003); Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunare; Anton Webern works; Peter M. Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King with Millennium Chamber Players . Her recent recordings include works by Alexander Scriabin, Nikolay Medtner and Frederick Chopin. In 2007 Irina was featured in the ‘The Fazioli Salon Series ‘, which was broadcasted live on 98.7 WFMT Chicago classical radio station. 

On June 12th, 2008 Irina made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist and an accompanist with Russian singers Vladimir Galuzine, Methodie Bujor and Natalia Timchenko for The Russia Day concert (N.Y., USA). 


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