January 22, 2014
On Wednesday, February 19, the Hampden-Sydney Music Series hosts Ignat Solzhenitsyn in concert. Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Solzhenitsyn's lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Solzhenitsyn has just stepped down after six seasons as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, to become its Conductor Laureate. He is much in demand as a guest conductor, having recently led the symphonies of Baltimore, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle, Toronto, the Czech National Symphony, among many others, as well as many of the major orchestras in Russia.
In recent seasons, his extensive touring schedule in the United States and Europe has included concerto performances with numerous major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney. In addition to his recital appearances in the United States at New York's 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, St. Paul's Ordway Theatre, Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium, Salt Lake City's Abravanel Hall, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, and many others from coast to coast, Mr. Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Solzhenitsyn serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has been featured on many radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC's Nightline. Born in Moscow, Solzhenitsyn resides in New York City with his wife and three children.
The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 7 PM in Crawley Forum. The Hampden Sydney Music Series will present three other concerts during the Spring semester. This series is part of Hampden-Sydney's continuing commitment to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Southside community.
March 5th at 7:30 PM - The Talich Quartet
April 7th at 7:30 PM Peter Takeas, pianist: music of Beethoven
April 29th at 6:30 PM, Poor Old Shine, American folk band presented by the American Acoustic Music Serie