The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both events are free and open to the public.
In this concert the Berkshire Symphony presents Pastorale d’ete by Arthur Honneger and Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with guest artist Yevgeny Kutik. Also on the program is Walter Piston’s Serenata, and George Gershwin’s American in Paris.
About Yevgeny Kutik
With a “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of both standard works and newly composed repertoire.
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Kutik began violin studies with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and immigrated to the US with his family at the age of five. An advocate for the Jewish Federations of North America, the organization that assisted his family in coming to the US, he regularly speaks and performs across the country to promote the assistance of refugees from around the world. Kutik’s discography includes Words Fail (Marquis Classics 2016), Music from the Suitcase (Marquis Classics 2014), and Sounds of Defiance (Marquis Classics 2012).
Yevgeny Kutik made his major orchestral debut in 2003 with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops as the First Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize. Committed to fostering creative relationships with living composers, Kutik has performed premieres of works by Timo Andres, Michael Gandolfi, Ron Ford, Sheila Silver, and George Tsontakis, and has also been involved in the performances of new and rarely played works by Kati Agócs, Joseph Schwantner, Nico Muhly, and Donald Martino.
Kutik holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory and currently resides in Boston. Kutik’s violin was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella.