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SALON SERIES: Mikhail Kuchuk
December 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Mikhail Kuchuk will perform solo works for the violin including J.S. Bach’s Partita in D minor for Solo Violin BWV 1004, Prokofiev’s Sonata for Solo Violin in D Major, Opus 115, and Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”.
Replacing cabaret-style seating on stage alongside the performers in Wharton’s black box theater, the intimate concert series can be viewed this season via livestream free of charge. Audience members are invited to watch from the comfort of home in what is sure to be an enjoyable evening of live solo violin music and discussion.
Join us for the FREE livestream at WhartonArts.tv and share your own wine, cheese, and dessert pairings for the viewing on social media.
Violinist Mikhail Kuchuk graduated from the Academy of Music in Odessa, Ukraine and completed his Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degrees in Freiburg, Germany. His teachers included Alexander Stanko, Wolfgang Marschner, and Felix Gottlieb. He has received numerous awards, including the Ukrainian National Violin Competition in 1990, Carl Flesch Violin Competition (Hungary) in 1993, and the Baden Wurtemberg Violin Competition (Germany) in 1996. Other awards include receiving the David Oistrakh Scholarship in Odessa, Ukraine and the Rosenberg Foundation’s Scholarship in Freiburg, Germany. Kuchuk was Concertmaster of the Odessa Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra where he toured as a soloist in Germany, Italy, and France. He also held a full-time position at the Odessa Opera House.
Since arriving in the United States in 1997, Kuchuk has appeared as solo violinist on Broadway in Forever Tango and as soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, St Peter’s by the Sea Symphony Orchestra, and the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra. From 1999-2009, Kuchuk was the leader of the Forte String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. During this period they participated in festivals throughout the United States including Maine, Washington DC, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Kuchuk has been a member of the Art-Strings Ensembles since 2009. Art-Strings Ensembles regularly performs at venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, David Geffen at Lincoln Center (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kuchuk is also a member of the Tito Castro Tango Quartet, performing in New York, including at the Blue Note, as well as in Hawaii, Korea, and Japan.
Kuchuk is the Concertmaster of St. Peters by the Sea Symphony Orchestra and Principal Second at the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, he teaches violin at Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and is a faculty member at the Prep Division at Rutgers University.