Remembering Anthony Lester
Thursday 1st June 2023, 7pm, at the Razumovsky Academy, 56 College Road, Kensal Green NW10 5ET
Concert and Reception to benefit The Razumovsky Trust’s Scholarships.
6.45pm Welcome Drinks
7.30pm Charity Concert
8.45pm Food and Wine Reception
Franz Schubert, String Quintet in C Major
Clar-Jumi Kang, Sergei Bresler, Maxim Rysanov, Kyril Zlotnikov, Oleg Kogan
Tickets: Suggested donation £75
Please email [email protected] requesting the Trust’s bank details and Gift Aid Form.
Priority booking for Patrons and Friends of the Razumovsky Trust, and their guests.
This evening’s performers:
Ana Chumachenco born in Italy of Ukrainian origin, Ana Chumachenco started playing violin at the age of four under the supervision of her father – a disciple of Leopold Auer – and later with Ljerko Spiller in Buenos Aires. After enjoying considerable success in her early years in South America, she returned to Europe at the age of 17 to continue her studies. Just one year later she was awarded the gold medal at the Carl Flesch competition in London and, a few years later, the silver medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Her musical mentors in those years included Joseph Szigeti, Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin. Besides her appearances in recitals and as a soloist with leading orchestras, Ana Chumachenco devotes much of her time to chamber music. For more than 20 years she has played in the Munich String Trio with violist Oscar Lysy and cellist Walter Notas. Ana Chumachenco spent many years as Violin Professor at the Munich University of Music; many of her students went on to outstanding international careers. She is regularly invited to take part as a juror in major violin competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium and the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki.
Sergei Bresler was born in 1978 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He started playing the violin at the age of five, and Professor Adolf Leszczynski became his teacher. At the age of 12 he performed his first solo concert and in the same year he performed with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra violin Concerto N 2 by Henryk Wieniawski. In 1991, he immigrated to Israel, where from 1996 he continued his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music with Matthew Lieberman and Chaim Taub. He also participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Miriam Fried, György Kurtag and Tabea Zimmerman.
Sergei Bresler is a founder violinist of the world-famous Jerusalem Quartet, regularly performing at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Berlin Konzerthaus.
Sergei Bresler plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin of 1770, provided to America-Israel Cultural Foundation by Isaac Stern.
Grammy nominated Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worldʼs most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is principally known as a frequent guest of the crème of the international music scene, such as BBC Last Night of the Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier.
Among concerto soloist he performed with many leading orchestras, including the Russian National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, European Union Youth Orchestra, Czech Filharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and many other orchestras.
Maxim’s recordings have gained numerous award nominations including Gramophone Editor’s Choice, ECHO, ICMA. He is a recipient of he Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award. He is also a top prize-winner at the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions. He performs on a 1780 Giuseppe Guadagnini Viola known as ‘II Soldato’
Born in Minsk, Belarus to a family of professional musicians, Kyril Zlotnikov began his studies at the Belarusian State Music Academy with Vladimir Perlin. He continued his studies at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance under Uzi Wiesel, Hillel Zori and Michael Khomitzer.
Kyril is a founding member of the Jerusalem Quartet, which has gained a vast international acclaim and is currently an exclusive Harmonia Mundi recording artist. He has appeared as a soloist with many internationally renowned orchestras, including, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and Jerusalem Camerata, under the baton of acclaimed conductors, such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Lawrence Foster, Asher Fish, and Simone Young. He is a regular guest at major chamber music festivals – the Proms, Verbier, Vancouver, Gstaad, Salzburg, Rheingau, Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein, Jerusalem and Schwetzingen festivals, to name but a few. Zlotnikov is a keen recitalist and chamber musician, who has shared the stage with the foremost artists of today, including Daniel Barenboim, András Schiff, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Pierre Boulez, Elena Bashkirova, Mitsuko Uchida, Natalia Gutman, Tabea Zimmerman, Nikolaj Znaider, Lang Lang, Itamar Golan, Martin Fröst. Besides the numerous recordings with the Jerusalem Quartet, he has recorded two CDs with the complete Mozart piano trios with Maestro Daniel Barenboim on the piano, and violinist Nikolaj Znaider, for EMI. Kyril Zlotnikov has served as a jury member for several international competitions, including the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Since 2020, he is an ambassador for Jargar Strings.
Kyril Zlotnikov plays a 1610 Amati Brothers cello which is loaned to him for lifetime by a private collection.
Oleg Kogan was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and studied cello with the legendary Ukrainian teachers Tamara Virnaya (Kharkiv), Valentin Feigin and Maria Tchaikovskaya (Moscow). He won the All-Soviet Cello Competition in 1989 and has performed widely in Ukraine, the Baltic states, Kazakhstan and other Soviet republics. Since 1991 Oleg has regularly performed internationally as soloist in recitals and with many orchestras, recorded for Doron DRC in Switzerland, Op.111 in France and Linn records in the UK, and broadcast on Radio France, Swiss Romande, Israel Radio, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. At the age of 25, Oleg was the youngest professor of cello at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and since 1996 he has been a cello professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Many of his students have developed distinguished careers and have won major awards and prizes worldwide. In 1998 Oleg founded the Razumovsky Ensemble performing more that 100 programmes at London’s Wigmore Hall, and in 2005, together with his wife Polina, he launched the Razumovsky Academy, offering exceptionally gifted young musicians opportunities to learn and to perform in public at the highest artistic level. In 2017 Oleg realised his vision building a dedicated musical venue in London, a unique professional performance facility available to both established musicians and gifted young performers. Since 24th February 2022 Oleg organised numerous public events collecting funds in support of music and musicians in Ukraine.
The Razumovsky Trust (Registered Charity No.1111848) was established in 2005 to provide musical excellence and develop exceptional musical talent. The Trust has supported numerous Razumovsky Ensemble and Academy concerts and masterclasses in the UK and abroad helping over 300 outstanding young musicians including Sandra Lied Haga, David Cohen, Guro Kleven Hagen, Dmitri Smirnov, Ha Young Jung, Anna Liisa Bezrodny, Liubov Ulybysheva, Silver Ainomae, Timothy Ridout, Dora Kokas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and many others, enabling young performers to study with violinists Ida Haendel, Ana Chumachenko, Vadim Repin, Sergej Krylov, Robert Rozek, Kolja Blacher, Sarah Chang, Henning Kraggerud, cellists Oleg Kogan and Alexander Chaushian, as well as violists Maxim Rysanov and Lars Anders Tomter.
Right from its inception, Oleg wanted to find a building for the Razumovsky Academy. He finally identified an empty high street unit in Kensal Green: a scruffy failed local shop. Over a period of three years, Oleg transformed this most basic of buildings into a distinctive, atmospheric and flexible space for music. The Razumovsky building is now wired for recording and filming and other facilities, especially presence of the three wonderful Steinway grand pianos. In addition to regular music teaching, in this space concerts, masterclasses, recordings and filming take place.