Valley Symphony Association will continue its 43rd season with an orchestra concert on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.
This special concert will feature Kirill Gliadkovsky on Edvard Grieg's Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra Op. 16, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, also by Edvard Grieg, Finlandia Op. 26 No. 7 by Jean Sibelius and Norwegian Artist's Carnival Op.14 by Johan Severin Svendsen.
Gliadkovsky performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the VSO in February of 2011. According to director Mike Kern, "He is such a great artist that we just had to have him back. The Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor is one of the best known and loved piano concertos and combining that with other Scandinavian music was an easy choice for a concert to please both the orchestra and our audience."
Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors and $5 for students 17 and under. For additional convenience, discounted advance ticket purchases may now be made online at www.valleysymphony.net.
Kirill Gliadkovsky was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). Gliadkovsky also earned both his master's and doctor of musical arts degrees at the University of Southern California and has taken numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.
Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6, Gliadkovsky has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St. Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall. He has also performed in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States.
Gliadkovsky's popularity is also fast growing being a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts. He has recorded six CDs for Alexei Records and for CMK Classics labels.
Gliadkovsky is an orchestra and choral conductor. He performs on harpsichord, as well. He is part of a duo and trio piano team with his wife and concert pianist Anna Gliadkovskaya and their 13-year-old daughter, Anastasia. Gliadkovsky has been on piano faculties at USC, Pepperdine University and Santa Monica College. He has also served as the music director and organist at Westwood Hills Christian Church in Los Angeles. Additionally, Gliadkovsky has given numerous master classes in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Flagstaff, Washington, D.C. and many other cities.
Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching. Prior to coming to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., as the director of keyboard studies, he was on the faculty at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, as the head of piano area.
He has performed in Montrose several times before, both solo and in ensembles and enjoys performing here very much because of the musical and appreciative audiences.
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