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Embassy Series’ June 8 Concert Dedicated To World-Renowned Violinist

 

From Laura London: Virtuoso Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has dedicated his upcoming June 8 Embassy Series’ performance at the Luxembourg Embassy in honor of his master teacher, legendary Polish-American violinist Roman Totenberg, who died on May 8.

            Kutik’s performance at the Luxembourg Embassy, (also sponsored by the Embassy of Poland) was scheduled before Totenberg passed away;  however,  Kutik announced on his blog that he wanted to dedicate his concert to Totenberg to commemorate Totenberg’s strong influence on the internationally acclaimed violinist. Kutik was able to play for Totenberg on the Monday before he passed away.  He began studying under Mr. Totenberg when he was 14.

            “His guiding principles were twofold; know the phrase - every note and its purpose, every rhythm and its direction – because the musical phrase is king, and always play that phrase with your distinct voice,” Kutik said on his blog. “This reverential approach made every lesson with Mr. Totenberg not only an exercise in becoming a better violinist, but a better person.” 

Kutik’s performances have received high praise throughout the world, ranging from his New York City orchestral debut with the Riverside Symphony to highly successful appearances with the Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble. He has appeared in recitals in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, Tokyo, Munich and Montreal.   In his German debut with the WDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Yevgeny "enraptured the crowd" (as reported in Der Westen) with his performance.

            Totenberg was a child prodigy who grew up in Poland and who went on to become one of the top virtuoso violinists in the world.  He was a master teacher of many highly internationally acclaimed students, including Yevgeny Kutik.

            Kutik’s performance at the Luxembourg Embassy will feature the music of Szymanowski, Penderecki, Chopin and Bloch.  Kutik will be accompanied on the piano by Timothy Bozarth.

            “We are truly honored to host this performance by a renowned young virtuoso violinist that will be performed in honor of his master teacher, Roman Totenberg,” said Jean-Paul Senninger, Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the United States. 

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