The Violin Sonatas of Johannes Brahms
Now available on Titanic (Ti-260) are all three of the Brahms violin-piano
sonatas (Sonata No. 1, in G Major, Opus 78; Sonata No. 2 in A Major,
Opus 100; and Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 108), performed by one
of today's most vibrant young violinists, Anastasia Khitruk, and
acclaimed American pianist David Korevaar.
You may now purchase this title through our U.S. distributor, Albany Music
Distributors, Inc., by telephone at 1-800-752-1951 or 518-436-8814 or by fax
at 518-436-0643 (major credit cards accepted).
About the Performers
ANASTASIA KHITRUK comes from a musical and artistic family. After
emigrating to the United States, Ms. Khitruk continued the violin
studies she had begun at Moscow's Central Music School. Her talent
was immediately recognized when she made her orchestral debut at
the age of eight. Since then, she has appeared in concert and recital
worldwide, including performances at the Teatro Carlo Fenice in
Italy, the Music Tent in Aspen, the Great Hall of the NDK in Sofia,
the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, the Telstra Adelaide Festival
as well as numerous performances in Boston, Los Angeles, New York,
London, Paris, and Moscow -- where Katerina Birukova of Vremya wrote:
"She sparkles with brilliant violin playing." Ms. Khitruk has appeared
on television and radio in England, Russia, Germany, the United
States, and Australia. Her concert series in Bulgaria, during the
prestigious Sofia Music Weeks, was televised and greeted with enthusiasm.
In his review of her performance of the Shostakovich Concerto No.
1 at the Adelaide festival for Real Time, Chris Reid declared, "Anastasia
Khitruk is masterful!"
She recently performed in a series commemorating the 250th anniversary
of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, one critic observing, "violinist
Anastasia Khitruk caught lightning in a bottle with sure-fingered
fire and energy." Anastasia Khitruk has been a prizewinner at numerous
competitions in America and abroad, including the Paganini International
Violin Competition, where critic Massimo Pastorelli of Il Lavoro
wrote, "Anastasia Khitruk literally dazzled the jury and was awarded
a special prize for her exceptional musical gifts and originality."
An enthusiastic champion of modern music, Ms. Khitruk is often
chosen to premiere works of young composers. In addition to pursuing
her concert career, she is devoted to developing young audiences
in her role as president of the Manhattan Music Society, a New York-based
foundation.Ý (For more information on Anastasia Khitruk, see http://www.zing.com/magazine/04.05.2000/memberstory/
DAVID KOREVAAR's "sonically impressive and thoroughly commanding"
playing (Boston Globe) has enriched audiences in Alice Tully Hall
in Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the New School
in New York City as well as across the country, from Harvard and
Yale, the Kennedy Center, and the Library of Congress to Chicago,
Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas and San Diego. Recently, he joined the
faculty of the University of Colorado as Assistant Professor of
Piano. Born in Wisconsin, he began his piano studies in 1968, at
age 6, with Sherman Storr in San Diego.
At age 13 he became a student of the great American virtuoso Earl
Wild. By age 20 he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from
the Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Earl Wild
and studied composition with David Diamond. He received his Doctor
of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School after studying with Abbey
Simon. The University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano
Competition and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation awarded him top
prizes. The Robert Casadesus Competition awarded him a special prize
for his performances of French music. Mr. Korevaar's concerts frequently
air on "Performance Today" over National Public Radio.
His solo recordings include music of Lowell Liebermann on Music
Heritage Society; piano transcriptions of orchestral music of Franz
Liszt on Helicon; and Johann Sebastian Bach's complete Well-Tempered
Clavier on Musicians' Showcase. He will appear for the first time
on Titanic in the upcoming release of the Brahms violin-piano sonatas.
Photo of ANASTASIA KHITRUK
Photo of DAVID KOREVAAR