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Pianissimo!: The Chicago Debut Concert

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Pianissimo! is Chicago's Premiere Virtuoso Piano Ensemble, comprised of four pianists: Svetlana Belsky, Elena Doubovitskaya, Irina Feoktistova and Susan Merdinger. "Four Charismatic Piano Virtuosi" - Chicago Classical Review. Traditional and cutting-edge!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Egmont Overture, Op. 84 (Live)
6:39 $0.99
2. Fantasy on Scheherazade (Live)
19:04 $1.99
3. Danse Macabre: Poeme Symphonique, Op. 40 (Live)
6:33 $0.99
4. Capriccio Italienne, Op. 45 (Live)
11:57 $0.99
5. Fantasy On "The Man I Love", (Live)
Pianissimo! & Estrella Piano Duo
6:23 $0.99
6. Variations on a Theme by Paganini (Live)
Pianissimo! & Merdinger and Feoktistova Piano Duo
5:58 $0.99
7. Rip Current (Live)
3:18 $1.99
8. Fireball (Live)
4:17 $1.99
9. Broadway Medley for Classical Pianists: Another Openin' / Another Show / Wouldn't It Be Loverly / Cell Block Tango / All I Ask of You / Seasons of Love / One. (Live)
12:09 $1.99
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"Sensational Piano Playing" Chicago Classical Review
"Ample technique and musical integrity" Chicago Classical Review
"Muscular, dynamic, Invigorating" Chicago Classical Review

Imagine a combination of Real Housewives of Chicago, combined with Marvin Hamlisch’s A Chorus Line, combine with a PBS Special of the world’s greatest symphonic piano music, performed on Multiple Pianos, by FOUR distinguished Virtuoso Female Pianists, interwoven with the True Stories of being a professional FEMALE PIANIST in the 21st Century!

Each a soloist and distinguished musician in their own right, Susan, Irina, Svetlana, and Elena, have combined forces to bring to you a program that is brilliantly virtuosic, powerful, elegant, artistic- an intimate portrait of their individual and collective stories of the their successes, their failures, their hopes and dreams and their vision for the future of Classical Music in the 21st Century.

Featuring newly-commissioned and specially arranged works by some of this country's foremost composers Grammy-nominated composer Ilya Levinson, Elbio Barilari, and Margarita Zelenaia, plus the world’s most famous music by Beethoven, Bernstein, Strauss, Rossini, Verdi, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Piazolla, Gershwin, Cole Porter and The Beatles, and you can begin to imagine the sensational concert-event you will witness and be a part of.

Pianissimo! was first formed in December 2014, and recently appeared in several venues for Make Music Chicago and made their acclaimed Chicago Debut in September 2015. As soloists and duo pianists, the four women have appeared in major concert halls and on TV and radio around the world, recorded numerous CD's, and won numerous awards and honors, as well as accolades and rave reviews from major publications for their outstanding performances and programming. The Pianissimo! ensemble's mission as a four piano ensemble is to present entertaining and education programs of Classical music on two and four pianos. Offering both traditional symphonic and piano repertoire, contemporary music for multiple pianos/pianists, as well as cross-over repertoire from Jazz and Broadway genres, the ensemble aims to appeal to audiences of all ages who enjoy good music accompanied by charming, witty and informative commentary on the music.

Svetlana Belsky- Critically acclaimed as "a passionate pianist and scholar", Dr. Svetlana Belsky is an in-demand recitalist and chamber pianist, noted for her remarkable rapport with audiences and stylistic versatility. She has appeared in the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and throughout the United States. Her performance credits include Carnegie Recital Hall, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Dame Myra Hess Series, Music in the Loft, countless university concert series, live recitals on Chicago's WFMT and New York's WQXR, and guest appearances with the University of Chicago Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Tutti Orchestra. Her latest recording of the solo version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (on the Centaur label) has been heard on numerous radio stations around the world.

Elena Doubovitskaya- A native of Russia, Dr. Elena Doubovitskaya has established herself as a solo and collaborative musician after moving to the United States in 1998. In 2002, she performed her debut recital in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as part of the Artists International series, followed by solo and chamber music recitals in USA, Germany, Czech Republic , Austria and Italy. Her accomplishments include prizes and awards from Artists International Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition and the IBLA Grand Prize Competition (Italy). She received fellowships and scholarships at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Northwestern University, the Manhattan School of Music, Hot Springs Music and Sewannee Music Festivals. Dr. Doubovitskaya currently serves as a Piano Department Chair at the Merit School of Music.

Irina Feoktistova- A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia, Ms. Feoktistova has performed in the major halls of St. Petersburg, Russia, and toured Europe and the United States as a soloist, duo pianist, and accompanist. Since immigrating to the USA in 1998, Feoktistova has also worked as an Assistant Conductor and Russian Diction Coach at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and on the faculties and staff of Northwestern and North Park Universities. She collaborates frequently with Italian opera singer, Andrea Silvestrelli, and the cellist Nazar Dzhuryn. She released her first critically acclaimed solo CD, “Poems and Fairy Tales”, featuring works by Medtner and Scriabin, on MSR Classics in 2007, and she is a prize winner of the IBLA Grand Prize Competition and the Kawaii Recording Competition for Solo Piano.

Susan Merdinger- Performances and recordings by Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger, have been critically acclaimed by prestigious publication including Glasgow Herald, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Ivy-league (Yale University) and conservatory trained in the USA and Europe, Merdinger enjoys an international career with performances in Carnegie Hall, Scottish National Orchestra Center, Preston Bradley Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Harris Theater, and radio appearances on WFMT, WQXR, BRT-3. A Visiting Artist of the CSO Chamber Music Series, she also made her Chicago orchestral debut with the Chicago Philharmonic at Harris Theater in 2013. She is a First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition (Solo and Duo), the Artists International Young Musicians Competition, the Dewar’s Young Artist Award in Music, and a Gold Medalist in the Global Music Awards.

"Sensational Piano Playing" Chicago Classical Review
"Ample technique and musical integrity" Chicago Classical Review
"Muscular, dynamic, Invigorating" Chicago Classical Review



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