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The Kyiv Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, under renowned cellist and conductor Dmitry Yablonsky, will tour Israel from February 2 to 16. The orchestra will present several programs, for both classical music lovers and a young audience. Part of the concerts will be presented by Israeli actress Nitza Shaul, who has been introducing the world of classical music to Israeli children for years. Among the soloists are Yablonsky; his mother, prominent pianist Oxana Yablonsky; and Israeli violinist Janna Gandelman.
Yablonsky, the artistic director of the orchestra, says he is happy to present his orchestra to the Israeli audience “because two years ago I made aliya. Kyiv Virtuosi is a successful chamber orchestra, which performs both in the capital of Ukraine [Kiev] with its subscription program and tours extensively with a classical repertoire. We also record on the Naxos label.”
In regard to the Israeli concert program, Yablonsky says he will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major; Schubert’s Arpeggione, arranged for cello and chamber orchestra; and Boccherini’s Cello Sonata in A Major. Janna Gandelman will perform Piazzola’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
“In part of the concerts, my mother will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major. I also invited my good friend Nitza Shaul to join us in several concerts as a presenter. And that’s not all. Our Candlelight program features some 20 little gems,” he adds.
Yablonsky, a citizen of the world, a man of perpetual action, says that after sitting in one place for two days, he feels that he is doing nothing and suffers a lot. He was born in Moscow into a musical family. In 1977, after years of waiting for an exit permit, at age 19 he and his mother immigrated to the US. He studied at the most prestigious music schools – Juilliard and Curtis – and at Yale University, “which was most interesting, since they taught not only music there,” he says.
In the late 1980s he moved to Europe, living and working in Spain, Norway and France. “For 20 years I lived in a tiny Catalan village,” he says.
Two years ago he became an Israeli citizen and started teaching chamber music at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv.
“Teaching cello and conducting will probably come in the future. Meanwhile, I work with four wonderful young ensembles, and we enjoy it all a lot!” he says.
For the detailed concert programs and reservations: http://www.pashbar.co.il/show.php?id=5005; *8023; (03) 574-5005. More about the orchestra http://kyivvirtuosi.com