Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Russian Valentines Treasure. Hamilton Pianist Alexei Gulenco To Perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

Tschaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and Juliet, and Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in D Minor Also To Be Performed

Symphony on the Bay (James R. McKay, conductor) is busy preparing for its upcoming concert entitled, "A Russian Valentine's Treasure" on Sunday, February 16th at 3 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. This concert features well-known Hamilton pianist, Alexei Gulenco and promises to be a wonderful way to top off the Valentine's weekend.

Alexei Gulenco

A veritable titan of the keyboard, Alexei Gulenco has won prizes at numerous piano competitions, including the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow, the International Jose Iturbi Competition in Spain, the International Franz Liszt Competition in Italy, the Louisiana International Competition, and many others.

He has been a featured soloist with such orchestras as the Shanghai Symphony, the Moldavian State Philharmonic, the Latvian National Symphony, the Moscow Symphony, the Orchestra of Music Conservatory “A. Boito,” the Orchestra of Valencia, the Rapides Symphony, Guelph Symphony, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.

As a recitalist, Mr. Gulenco has appeared in Russia, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Belarus, Latvia, Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Republic of Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Canada, and the United States. His performances have been broadcast on television and radio stations in Moldova, Russia, Hungary, Spain, the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Alexei Gulenco began his piano studies at the Rachmaninov Music Lyceum in Chisinau, Moldova. He is a graduate of Moldavian Academy of Music, the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Valery Kastelsky, and the Royal Conservatory The Hague, with Naum Grubert as his mentor. In 2008, Mr. Gulenco obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland at College Park under the guidance of Larissa Dedova.

Since 2008, Alexei resides in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to performing, he is on faculty at McMaster University and Mohawk College.

Patrons will enjoy the music of the Romantics in the beautiful Burlington Performing Arts Centre at 440 Locust Street in Burlington. The program is as follows:

Tchaikovsky.......Overture to Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninoff......Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
Borodin...............Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Tickets are $18-32 and are available at the Performing Arts Box Office: 905-681-6000 or at www.symphonyonthebay.ca

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