Rachmaninov-Pieces for Cello & Piano[CD]
~ Mikhail Utkin
Mikhail Utkin (cello). 1952 - was born in Vilnius (Lithuania). 1959 - first music lessons at the Central Music School, Moscow. 1967 - first Prize, International Youth Competition of the Prague Radio. 1970 - student of the Moscow State Conservatory, cello class of Mstislav Rostropovich. 1972 - Second Prize at the International String Quartet Competition, Liege, Belgium. Solo concerts in major cities of Russsia and abroad. 1974 - admitted as soloist of Moscow Concerting Organization. 1975 - graduates from the Moscow State Conservatory (Degree - Diploma with Honors) and admitted in the postgraduate course, cello class of Kalianov. 1978 - solo concerts in Germany (Shostakovich Concerto No. 2) with Gewandhaus-Orchestra under Kurt Masur. 1986 - honorable title "Honored Artist of Russia". Numerous concerts in Russia and abroad, recordings. 1990 - admitted as soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic. 1994 - honorable title "People's Artist of Russia". 1996 - Award of the Moscow Government. Marina Gorokholinsky (piano). Educated at Central Music School of Moscow she has graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in 1984. All this time she has studied with famous pianist and professor Victor Merzhanov. Now she performs as a chamber player and solo pianist. "Marina Gorokholinsky is a bright representative of Russian piano school. Her concert performances are always exceptional in artistic way and never leave the audience emotionally untouched. She possesses a smooth beautiful sound and deep sensitivity, which allows her to show in her performances all the uniqueness of the pieces of the composers of different styles." (Victor Merzhanov).
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