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Chamber Music: Dennis Krasnokutsky, Viola and Konstantin Krasnitsky, Piano
March 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present Dennis Krasnokutsky and Konstantin Krasnitsky in a special Wednesday evening concert of beautiful chamber music for viola and piano.
The concert program features:
The Starry Sky A.O. 97 DAVOR BOBIĆ
a children’s album for the piano
I. The Starry Sky
II. The Folk Legend
III. The Counting Rhyme
IV. The Ballerina Clock
V. The Walk by the Drava
VI. The Doll is Ill
VII. The Waltz in D
VIII. The Time of Gifts
IX. The Baby is Asleep
X. The Giant and the Clown (in a Circus)
XI. To Grandpa, Grandpa, Grandpa…
XII. The White Deer
XIII. The Christmas Song
XIV. The Fairy’s Dream
XV. Winter is Coming, Snow is Falling
XVI. The Little Prince
XVII. The Folk Gathering
XVIII. The Children’s Play
XIX. The Celestial Expanse (Jesus)
XX. The Spring Song of the Nightingale
XXI. When the Father Tells the Story
XXII. The School Playground
XXIII. The Army March
XXIV. The Spider’s Web
XXV. The Little Pianist
XXVI. The Big Waltz
XXVII. The March – Humoresque
XXVIII. The Evening at the Threshing Floor
Piano Sonata No.2, Op.36, 2nd version (1931)
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Allegro agitato (B♭ minor)
Non allegro—Lento (E minor–E major)
L’istesso tempo—Allegro molto (B♭ major)
Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
arranged by Dennis Krasnokutsky for Viola and Piano
Principal violist of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Krasnokutsky is an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. Lauded for performances as “…building in passion and intensity,’ (The New Times), “…exceptional experience for the audience,” (Srđan Teparić, Radio Belgrade), “…virtuosic performance with nuanced tone and exceptional musicality,” (Mirko Jeremic, Belgrade) he appeared in major concert halls nationally and around the globe including Avery Fischer Hall, Maryisnki Theatre, Kravis Center, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Kolarac Hall, Teatro El Círculo, and more. His concerts and interviews were featured on radio and television in the United States, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Serbia, Hungary and more.
Dr. Krasnokutsky has a number of dedications with the most recent being a viola concerto written for him and premiered with the Astana Opera Theatre Orchestra in Kazakhstan. A founding member of the Samuel Barber String Quartet, Krasnokutsky’s list of professional orchestral appearances include Baton Rouge Symphony, Miami Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to mention a few. He has collaborated with an array of artists including Hilary Hahn, Bella Hristova, Sara Chang, Jonathan Biss, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bernadette Peters and more.
As a member of the award-winning Rowan String Quartet, he has toured the East Coast giving a number of chamber music recitals. Since 2006, he has been a principal violist with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with whom he has toured North and South America and the Europe. His collaborative work on recording projects with PVCO and other ensembles can be found on such renowned labels as Naxos, Connoisseur Society, Arabesque, New World Records, and New Ariel. The 2017-18 season is one of the busiest for Dennis Krasnokutsky with a series of chamber music concerts with pianist Maja Rajkovic and solo recitals in the United States, Asia and Europe, featuring several premieres of newly composed works for the viola. Invited to join the faculty of the Montecito International Music Festival in California, he will be a featured presented and adjudicator at several colleges and universities in Europe and Asia.
Dr. Krasnokutsky holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University where he was a student of Michael Tree (Guarneri String Quartet) and Paul Neubauer (Principal Viola, NYP).
Konstantin Krasnitsky is the absolute winner, laureate of the 1. Prize of the Competition Jury and of the Special prize awarded by the audience at the 1st International Pianist Competition EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) „Svetislav Stančić“ in Zagreb in 1999. At the 3rd International Pianist Competition „S. V. Rachmaninov“ in Moscow in 2002 he won the fourth Prize and the title of the laureate. He is the winner of the Special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in 2002.
He was born in Minsk into the family of professional musicians, he received his first piano lessons from his mother Valentina Krasnitskaya, who was the pianist. At the age of five he enrolled in the Secondary music school for specially talented and gifted children in the class of the professor Yevgeny Puksta. After successful completion thereof he continued his education at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in the class of the renowned professor Vladimir Nekhaenko. Young Krasnitsky was greatly influenced by the acquaintance of the famous Russian pianist and professor of the Moscow, Trossingen and Warsaw Music Academies, Viktor Karpovič Meržanov with whom he continued his studies for seven years. Konstantin Krasnitsky received his Master’s degree from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, where from 1999 he continued to work as a pedagogue.
Soon he attained the position of piano professor of honour at the Anyang Normal University in China, assistant professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Music and associate professor of the Academy of Arts, at the J.J.Strossmayer University in Osijek. The piano study at the Academy of Arts in Osijek has been founded thanks to his arrival to Osijek and a number of his students have been awarded at international music competitions and festivals.
Krasnitsky has been equally involved in pedagogical work and active concerting. He has been performing as a soloist, in an ensamble and orchestras in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the United States of America, China, Tajikistan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Srbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with leading orchestras in Belarus such as the President’s Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Symphony Orchestra of the national academy Great Theatre and Balet of the Republic of Belarus, State academy simphony orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, State chamber orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Symphony orchestra of the city of Gomel, Symphony orchestra of the city of Molodechno, Symphony orchestra of the Belarus State Music Academy „the Young Belarus“ as well as with international orchestras such as the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Symphony orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Varaždin Chamber Orchestra. He worked together with a number of renowned musicians such as Pavle Dešpalj, Vladimir Ziva, Berislav Šipuš, Yevgeny Xaviereff, Genadij Provatorov etc. He performed at the Berlin Konzerthaus and also at the Great ,”Rachmaninov” and Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, Volkstheateru in Vienna, Concert Hall „Vatroslav Lisinski“ and Croatian Music Institute in Zagreb, at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk, Steinway Chamber Hall in Copenhagen etc.
He also performed at numerous festivals of piano music in Belarusian cities e.g. Minsk, Brest, Mogilev and Grodno, at the festival „the Minsk Spring of 1999“, „the Minsk Spring of 2003“, „ Art to Children and Youth“, at the concerts of the 1st prize winners with the Belarus State Philharmonic and leading festivals in Croatia e.g. „Piano-Fortisssimo“ in Zagreb, the Varaždin Baroque Evenings, the Senj Concert Evenings, the Days of Milko Kelemen, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, May Music Memorial “Josip Štolcer Slavenski”, The Osijek Museum Musical Wednesday, “Romberg Musical Evenings” and other.
He has played the premier of the compositions by Croatian composers Davor Bobić, Josip Štolcer Slavenski and Sanja Drakulić and when he performed Tango by Kelemen at the festival „the Days of Milko Kelemen“ the composer himself was so delighted and thrilled with the performance that in the middle of the concert he asked Krasnitsky to play it once again!
Krasnitsky has also done radio recordings. He has been a guest in TV shows in Belarus, Russia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He is a member of the Croatian Society of Music Artists.
“As the gentle giant he even looks a bit like the young Rachmaninov, Krasnitsky had the most sheerly beautiful sound – sumptuous and mellow – which he achieved with wonderful economy” ( 25th April 2002 “ In Searching of New Stars” The Independent, London)
“In the performance of the young Belarus pianist I have heard a number of pieces by S.V. Rachmaninov including his Second sonata and that was the most impressive performance of all performances that I have ever heard.” ( 5th June 2004, from a letter, Dmitry Bashkirov, Minneapolis, USA)
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