Masha Lakisova and Lyudmila Lakisova

Masha Lakisova, violin

Lyudmila Lakisova, piano

November 11, 2020

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

David Schwan, host


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sonata for Piano and Violin in C major KV 303 (10′)

I. Adagio – Molto Allegro – Adagio – Molto Allegro

II. Tempo di Minuetto

Ernest Chausson – Poem (15′)

Emilie Mayer – Notturno, Op. 48 (6′)

Astro Piazzolla – Nightclub 1960 (6′)

At just nineteen, Chicago violinist Masha Lakisova is fast becoming one of the rising stars of her generation. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide such as Kremerata Baltica, HEMU, Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Lake Forest Symphony.

She has taken top prizes at prestigious competitions such as the Stulberg, Klein, Tibor Junior, and Andrea Postacchini International Competitions, National YoungArts, and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. As a member of string quartets at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Masha won two consecutive Gold Medals at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. She was featured numerous times on NPR’s “From the Top,” where she received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

Masha currently studies with Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory where she is a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. She graduated from Juilliard Pre-College where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin, and she has also previously been a student of Grigory Kalinovsky, Drew Lecher, and Larisa Zhizhin. Masha has taken lessons and masterclasses with such prominent virtuosi as Ana Chumachenko, Anne Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Paul Huang, and Augustin Hadelich. She has collaborated with Vadim Gluzman, Pavel Vernikov, Svetlin Roussev, and Ilya Kaler.

Masha has been involved with many prestigious summer music festivals. In 2015, she attended the Heifetz Music Institute and has been a student at the Perlman Music Program since 2016.

Miss Lakisova is the proud recipient of a magnificent violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Turin, 1845 on loan from The Stradivari Society of Chicago thanks to the generosity of her patron, Edward Manzo.


Lyudmila Lakisova graduated from the School of Music for Gifted Children, affiliated with the Belorussian State Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1988. She earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Chamber Music in 1993 with a Ph.D in Piano Accompaniment in 1995, both from the Belorussian State Conservatory of Music in Minsk.

In 1989, she became a recital pianist and accompanist for the Belorussian State Philharmonic Chamber Choir and performed with the Belorussian State Symphony. Lyudmila has been a featured soloist and ensemble member with many orchestras in the Chicago area, including Wheaton Symphony, West Suburban Symphony, Camerata Chicago, and the Landolfi Piano Trio. She has performed in many well-known venues, such as Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia and Carnegie Hall in New York. Lyudmila has also given performances in the Steinway Society Concert series and Stradivari Society.

In previous years, she toured extensively in England with violinist Drostan Hall and on the continents of Africa and Asia with Trio Chicago & Friends. She has also collaborated with violinists such as Yossif Ivanof, Olga Kaler, and Julian Rachlin.

As an accompanist and collaborative pianist, Lyudmila provides her skills to the students of Chicago’s well known violin and piano teachers. Lyudmila is also a chamber music coach at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood, Illinois and a rehearsal pianist for the Chicago Master Singers.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sonata for Piano and Violin in C major KV 303 (1778) 

Mozart’s Sonata in C major, K. 303, is unusual in that it begins with an adagio whose expansive melody is played by the violin before being handed over to the piano for an even more rhapsodic rendition. We then reach an allegro which begins with a theme that modulates constantly. The allegro section has an agitated feel, not entirely establishing a concise theme before leading to a reprisal of the adagio then a final return to the allegro theme. In contrast to the wandering first movement, the Minuet is simple and free of friction. Rather than a dissenting development section, the second half of the Minuet stays with the main theme, relaxing into it even more before gently, unassumingly concluding.

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)

Poeme (1896) 

Poeme by Chausson, completed in June 1896, was dedicated to and first performed by the Belgian virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, on December 27. With Poème, Chausson both introduced his unique musical style and created a piece of art that screams of the french style, combining sentimentality and lyricism. Poème was originally titled Le Chant de l’amour triumphant (Song of Triumphant Love) which is also the title of a short story by Ivan Turgenev. This could have intended programmatic nature but Chausson later changed the title making sure his piece was free of extra-musical relations.

Emilie Mayer (1812-1883)

Notturno, Op. 48 (1883) 

Born in Mecklenburg, Germany, Emilie Mayer is known to be the most prolific German woman composer of the Romantic era. Despite being the daughter of an apothecary, Emilie received music training at an early age, even beginning to compose short piano pieces while young. Referred to as the “female Beethoven” at the time, Mayer was revered and prolific despite the burden of her father committing suicide on the anniversary of her mother’s death. These traumas could have ruined Emilie, but instead she was giving and generous, even offering to share composition lessons with other female students. Written in 1883, the year of Mayer’s death, Notturno is her last known composition. Dedicated to the infamous violinist Joseph Joachim, this work is charming but unpredictable, with unconventional modulations and elegant melodies.

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Nightclub 1960 (1986) 

Nightclub 1960 is the third movement of Histoire du Tango Pour Flute et Guitare, was originally composed for flute and guitar in 1986 but is commonly adapted for various instruments, today being performed by violin and piano. Piazzolla composed Histoire du Tango decades after his creation of the nuevo (new) tango, a new Argentinian musical style that incorporated the technical and structural elements of classical music and jazz with unique syncopated and improvisational elements. Nightclub 1960, is a blend of the Argentine tango and the Brazilian bossa nova, greeting a unique transformation of the tango.


Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and the Union League Club of Chicago.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 98.7 WFMT

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