Igor Pikayzen, violin

Tatyana Pikayzen, piano

December 8, 2021

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Fantasie for Violin and Piano in C Major, op. 159, D. 934 (1827) (23′)

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) – Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s ‘Faust’, Op. 20 (1865) (14′)

Award-winning Russian-American violinist Igor Pikayzen is confidently establishing himself as one of the most prodigious and in-demand soloists of his generation. Since his concerto debut at the age of 8 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Pikayzen has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe, Asia, North and South America. Highlights of the 2020-21 alone include debuts with Filarmonica de Boca del Rio, Sinfonia Toronto, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, a tour of Taiwan with the Arts Blooming Ensemble, return appearances with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, National Symphony of Georgia, Istanbul Symphony, under such conductors as Jorge Mester, Lior Shambadal, Thomas Rösner, Brett Mitchell, Toshi Shimada, Łukasz Borowicz, Gürer Aykal, Emil Tabakov, as well as recitals at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Newman Arts Center in Denver, the Bachauer Series in Salt Lake City, NY’s Bargemusic and countless others. In the last few seasons, he has given debuts and returned to Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Tchaikovsky Hall and Minor Hall in Moscow, Teatro Llago in Frutillar, Congreso Nacional in Santiago, Eslite Performance Hall in Taipei, President Hall in Ankara, Flagey and Le Bozar in Brussels, Le Bourget in Montreal, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City and Cadogan Hall in London, as well as festivals such as Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Napa Valley and Festival Mozaic in California, Night Serenades Festival in Georgia and countless others. 2022 sees his debut album release of the Glazunov violin concerto for Sony Classical. 

Grandson of the legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Juilliard, as well as a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Pikayzen is the 1st prize winner of the 2015 Edition of the International Violin Competition Luis Sigall in Viña del Mar, Chile as well as the Wronski International Violin Competition in Warsaw, in addition to being a silver medalist at the Szeryng and Kloster-Schöntal international violin competitions. In 2019 he was announced as the new Assistant Professor of Violin at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and he now shares his time between Denver, New York and Westport, CT where he launched an annual summer music festival entitled Edelio.

Famed Russian pianist Tatyana Pikayzen has performed to tremendous critical acclaim in the most prestigious halls across three continents. A top prize winner at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, the Moscow Piano Competition and a Recipient of the Chopin Society in Vienna, she has appeared as soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Ankara President Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Russian National State Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony and countless others, in halls such as the Tchaikovsky, Great and Minor Halls in Moscow, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Isaac Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philarmonie, Rachmaninov Hall, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna and many others, performing for such dignitaries as the last President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as the President of Turkey Suleyman Demirel and UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

Tatyana Pikayzen received her DMA, MM and BM from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was a student of Lev Oborin and Tatyana Nikolaeva. An internationally sought-after pedagogue, she has been on the faculties and given masterclasses in conservatories in Germany, France, Taiwan, Russia and the USA, including the Moscow State Conservatory, Ankara Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. Labeled as “”the Paganini of the keyboard” (Suddeutsche Zeitung) her recordings are treasured by music lovers, and her discography includes a compendium of the works of Ferenc Liszt on the “ArtClassic” label, as well as the complete piano-violin sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms and Bach. Her most recent recording is of the complete Chopin Ballads, recorded at Yale University in 2015, and released by the ArtClassic label in Moscow.


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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 Ann and Gordon Getty 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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