Virtuosity comes to the Paramount
By Jim Lowe
Rutland’s Paramount Theatre will present award-winning violinist Aleksey Semenenko in a virtuoso recital at 8 p.m. Saturday.
With pianist Inna Firsova, Semenenko will perform traditional sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy and Ysaÿe, as well as virtuoso works by Paganini, Tchaikovsky and Chausson. Following the weather-related cancellation of the Burlington Ensemble on Jan. 2, this will be the first concert in the sixth season of “Passages at The Paramount.”
Semenenko was awarded the Paramount Theatre Award at the Young Concert Artists final auditions in New York City in November 2012. His performances were praised for their “verve, wit, delicatesse, and beautiful phrasing” by The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
First Prize Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Semenenko joins the elite YCA roster and is presented this season in debuts in New York’s Merkin Hall, in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Semenenko and Firsova will play equal parts in Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 in a minor, Opus 23, and Debussy’s Sonata in g minor, with the violinist alone in Eugene Ysaÿe’s Sonata No. 3 (“Ballade”) for solo violin.
Accompanied by Firsova, Semenenko will perform virtuoso violin works: Niccolo Paganini’s fiery “Il Palpiti,” Opus 13; Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Valse-Scherzo, Opus 34; and Ernest Chausson’s soaring “Poème.”
Born in Odessa, Semenenko began his violin studies at the age of 6, and only a year later performed Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in a minor with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently studies with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany.
Semenenko has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Moscow Virtuosi, Kiev National Orchestra, Junge Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Sinfonietta Hungarica, among others. At the 2011 Musik: Landschaft Westfalen Festival, he performed Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the National Philharmonic of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, and was subsequently invited by the Spivakov Foundation to perform at the Kremlin in Moscow and at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
Semenenko plays a 1760-70 Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin, loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben fund of Hamburg, Germany.