Maya Buchanan, violin

Milana Pavchinskaya, piano

March 30, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Ludwig van Beethoven (1780-1827) – Violin sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring” (1801) (25′)

I. Allegro

II. Adagio molto espressivo

III. Scherzo: Allegro molto

IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Jenő Hubay (1858-1937) – Carmen Fantasie Brillante (1876) (10′)


Recognized for her spirited performances and exceptional bel canto-like lyricism, Indian-American violinist, Maya Anjali Buchanan, is gaining wide appeal. Named Yamaha’s 2020 Young Performing Artist for Classical Music/Violin she has performed on three continents garnering enthusiastic reviews.               

At sixteen, Maya captured First Prize in the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a top medalist of the Washington, Stulberg, Stradivarius, and Johansen International Violin Competitions.

She has appeared as a guest artist at the Peninsula Music Festival, Harpa International Academy Festival and made her Aspen Music Festival debut as the recipient of the coveted Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Award. Describing her Aspen performance, Alan Fletcher, President of Aspen Festival writes, “an immensely appealing artist…with a deep musical understanding,… her [Glazunov Concerto] had great beauty of tone”. The Daily Gazette acclaimed of her recent Albany Symphony debut “…she played this very romantic work [Glazunov concerto] with a deep rich tone, facile technique and a sweetly romantic lyricism” 

Highlights of forthcoming engagements include performances with the Highland Park Strings, Northbrook and Evanston Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Orchestra of India in Mumbai, Brevard Festival Orchestra and recital debuts at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and Salon de Virtuosi recital series in NYC.

An alumna of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, Maya studied with Almita Vamos. She currently attends the famed Curtis Institute of Music in the studio of Ida Kavafian and performs on a c. 1730 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Milana Pavchinskaya is a well-known concert pianist, teacher, and experienced vocal and instrumental accompanist. She was born in Odessa, Ukraine, where she graduated from the famous Special Music School of Stolarsky. She continued her music education in Moscow, Russia, in the Gnessin Institute of Music with her teacher Maria Gambarian, where she got her degree in piano performance, chamber music, and accompaniment. When Milana Pavchinskaya moved to Chicago, she got her masters of music in pedagogy and performance from Northwestern University, where she was the recipient of the Hoverson Piano Award in honor of Pauline Lindsly because of her musical and academic excellence. 

Since then, you can hear Mrs. Pavchinskaya often in various venues. She especially enjoys collaborating with other musicians and participated in many chamber music festivals, such as the Jewel Box Series at Northeastern University, Chamber Music Series at North Park University, Winter Chamber Music Festival at Northwestern University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Music in the Loft, and many others. Milana Pavchinskaya can be heard at local venues, including WFMT, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago Art Institute, as well as an appearance on the Oprah Show with a student, and is a frequent collaborator with members of the CSO. Currently, she is on the faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she teaches piano and coaches advanced string players.


Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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Wednesday April 6, 12:15pm

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