Monday, August 24, 2009

There's a New Fest in Town

Two years after his exile from the Soviet Union, Russian author/historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his family moved to Cavendish, VT. It was 1976 and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, the middle son of the family, was four years old.

Since then Ignat has emerged as a remarkable musician with credits including an Avery Fisher Career Grant; a position on the piano faculty at the Curtis Institute; prominent conducting residencies in Russia and Philadelphia; and guest engagements with numerous other major North American orchestras.

When Mr. Solzhenitsyn appears as a guest at the inaugural concert of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival this Wednesday night he'll take on another role: as the featured pianist in works by Dvořák, Schubert, and compatriot Dmitri Shostakovich.

Today at 1 he'll join Walter Parker and violinist/LCCMF Artistic Director Soovin Kim in the studio for conversation about his new Brahms recording, his career, and the new chamber music festival that brings together some of the finest artists in the area for a whole week of live music and musical learning.

That's the way to bring summertime to a fine fine!

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