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Friday, August 8, 2008

Igor Lovchinski, pianist

Russian-born pianist Igor Lovchinski comes to St. John's this Wednesday August 13 to present a free concert of music by Chopin and Gershwin as part of our weekly Summer Noontime concert series. The concert will begin at noon and end by 12:45. Audience members are invited to bring a bag lunch to eat during the concert; St. John's will provide cookies and drinks.

Families are encouraged to bring their children to these concerts. You'll want to sit close to the front so you can see all the action!

Igor Lovchinsky has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Auditorium, the Bushnell Center, the Eastman Theater and the Ohio Theater. Internationally, he has presented recitals at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, the American Embassy in Beijing, and the Rosza Centre in Calgary. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras.

As concerto soloist, Mr. Lovchinsky has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH), the “Live Music Project” Ensemble (Quick Centre in Fairfield, CT) and the Florida International University Symphony Orchestra. In addition, his performance of Chopin’s First Concerto with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra was broadcast on WQXR radio in New York and was featured as the soundtrack of the independent film "Romance Larghetto" by director Pablo Goldbarg.

Born in Kazan, Russia in 1984, Igor Lovchinsky began playing the piano at the age of two. In 1989, he entered the Kazan Special Music School for Gifted Children and after coming to the United States in 1994, garnered first prizes at the Eastman International Piano Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Mr. Lovchinsky holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and is now in the graduate program at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His teachers have included Nina Polonsky, Steven Glaser, Jerome Lowenthal and Patricia Zander.

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