THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Hillcrest Center for the Arts continues its series of classical concerts with a streaming concert on demand from 2pm, February 21, 2021 until Sunday, March 28, 2021. This concert will feature pianist Svetlana Smolina in a series that highlights internationally renowned classical artists and well-known local chamber groups and musicians, bringing classical music directly into your home.
Svetlana Smolina has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. A recipient of “New Names” scholarship program, her notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Orchestra National de France. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, and Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory. Also a recording artist, she’s recorded live from Walt Disney Hall for BCM+D records and many broadcasts for NPR, BBC, PBS, RAI, Cultura TV and other networks. From September 2020 Svetlana is appointed to be a Program Director at the Piano Academy at the European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, a Division of Irish American University. Svetlana studied at Indiana University, at Balakirev Music College, at Oberlin Conservatory, at Brussels Royal Conservatory, and at University of Michigan where she received her DMA.
The program includes S. Rachmaninoff – Prelude in D Major Op.23 No. 4 and A. Scriabin – B minor Fantasy. This concert was pre-recorded for this eventJoining Svetlana for a violin and piano sonata by Brahms is Gulia Gurevich. Gulia is a violinist and a violist of the Prima Trio, a mixed ensemble and winner of a Grand Prix at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. An avid orchestra musician, Gulia Gurevich has performed with the Boston, Indianapolis, Charleston, San Diego symphonies, among others. Gulia received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and is currently pursuing her MM/DMA degree at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
This concert is the part of a series that features classical music at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, when it is safe to perform live. The goal of the series is to provide world-class chamber groups and soloists to local audiences in an intimate setting. Series Artistic Director, Ms. Gulia Gurevich is a violinist and a violist, residing in Southern California with her husband and two young daughters. Gulia is also the owner and director of a music school, and runs a festival in France and a classical music series in the Los Angeles area. “We are all excited to bring back this series in an online format with world class, award winning musicians,” says Gurevich. “The staff at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts has perfected the process.”
This concert may be viewed on a computer or sent to a Smart TV. Family Streaming Tickets are $20.00 and Single Person Streaming Tickets are available for only $15.00. After payment, audience members will receive a YouTube Live link via email. Tickets may be purchased online only at www.hillcrestarts.com. For information please call (805) 381-1246.
WHAT: The series continues online with Pianist Svetlana Smolina, who has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide, most notably with Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St. Petersburg, Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber.
WHEN: Streaming on demand from 2pm, February 21, 2021 until Sunday, March 28, 2021.
WHERE: YouTube – live online
HOW: online only www.hillcrestarts.com
After payment, audience members will receive a YouTube Live link via email.
Family Streaming Tickets are $20
Single person streaming tickets are $15.
FULL BIO – SVETLANA SMOLINA
SVETLANA SMOLINA performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. A recipient of “New Names” scholarship program, her notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, White Nights, Maggio Musicale, Mikkeli, Ruhr, Easter, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev, International Gilmore, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Michelangeli, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee,in Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, Gulbenkian Foundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Recent recordings include Stravinsky’s Igor Stravinsky Les noces (Valery Gergiev, conductor on Decca/Phillips and on Mariinsky Label which received ICMA award for Best Choral Work in 2011), a recording of solo Chopin Album for the Chopin iTunes Project, Benjamin Britten Young Apollo live recording from Walt Disney Hall for BCM+D records and many broadcasts for NPR, BBC, PBS, RAI, Cultura TV and other networks.
In the summer of 2011 Svetlana joined iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles, making her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall with iPalpiti Orchestra (Eduard Schmieder, conductor).
Since 2011 Svetlana is directing piano program at Philadelphia International Music Festival.
In 2014 Svetlana won “Live on Stage” live showcases and was chosen as their only Classical Pianist Artist for 2015-16 season. This upcoming tour brings her to more than 20 states. Svetlana recently was featured and gave an interview for Keyboard Magazine Other collaborations include a series of concerts with Robert Davi and Dave Konig at Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater presented by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
In 2014-15 Vadim Repin gave a series of concerts /presentation with Svetlana at the residences of Ambassador of Russia in Washington DC and in London UK for Maestro Repin ‘s Trans -Siberian Art Festival. Their recital in March 2015 in Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada received an astonishing critical acclaim. In July 2015 they performed a recital as part of “2015 – Russian Year in Monaco” in the Salle Garnier, Monte-Carlo Opera for Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
In 2015-16 season Svetlana opened the season with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Juvenil in Lima, Peru, and was chosen as the soloist on the New Year tour to China with Dublin Philharmonic/ Maestro Derek Gleeson performing Rachmaninoff Concerto throughout in 7 cities including Suzhou Grand Theater, Harbin New Opera House and Harbin Concert Hall, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, Tianjin Grand Theater and in Changsha opening its new Concert Hall.
Highlights of 2016-2017 include performances and recordings at the inauguration year/ opening of Tippet Rise Festival in Montana together with Christopher O’ Riley with released CD on Pentatone Oxingale Records in July 2017, duo recitals with Vadim Repin at Cartagena Music Festival in Teatro Colon, Bogota for “2017 Columbia- France Year”, in Bangalore, Mumbai India for XXV Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy; Carnegie Hall recital with Lee-Chin Siow, Sentosa World Theater in Singapore concert for International Women Day/Chinese Chamber of Commerce, tour with South Florida Symphony / Maestra Sebrina Alfonso in Florida and a recital in Buenos Aires, Argentina at CCK Symphony Hall for “The Best Pianists of the 21st Century “series”.
Highlights of Spring 2018 include opening night concert at Navrasa Duende Global Carnival with Dublin Philharmonic on Nehru Stadium/ New Delhi, duo recital in Basel Switzerland with Charlie Siem, performances with Missouri Symphony and Eastern Connecticut Symphony, masterclasses/ workshops and concert tour in China for Winplus International and at Varna International Summer Academy in Bulgaria.
Invitations for 2019 include a concert at VI Trans-Siberian Arts Festival with Vadim Repin and Alexander Kniazev, masterclass at Trans- Siberian Art Festival in Novosibirsk for its educational program “ Simply Meet the Star”, debut at Lake Tahoe Festival with Maestro Joel Revzen with Rachmaninoff 3 rd concerto, orchestra and solo debut at the Festival in Ushuaia, Argentina with invitation to become their annual Artist in Residence Pianist, orchestra concerts in 5 cities in Florida with South Florida Symphony, recitals in Sarasota for Chopin project, solo recital and recordings in Bangalore, India with Dr. Subramaniam for Sree Rama Seva Mandali Festival and an orchestra recording with Maestro Derek Gleeson and Pavel Sporcl at Bulgarian National Radio in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2020 Svetlana will return to Ushuaia International Festival in Argentina, perform with National Symphony of Argentina in Buenos Aires, will go on tour to Brazil and will make her debut in Taipei at National Theater Concert Hall. In February 2020 Svetlana was invited to teach masterclasses at Idyllwild Arts for Junior Chamber Music and in March she made her debut with Symphonicity Orchestra in Virginia.
From September 2020 Svetlana is appointed to be a Program Director at the Piano Academy at the European Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, a Division of Irish American University.
Svetlana studied at Indiana University with Professor Alexander Toradze (BM), at Balakirev Music College with Natalia Fish (BM), at Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil (BM), at Brussels Royal Conservatory with Eugeny Mogilevsky (Artist Diploma), and at University of Michigan with Arthur Greene where she received her DMA.
“[Gulia Gurevich’s] artistry is breathtaking, dramatic, plaintive and occasionally raucous!” —Classical Sonoma review of a performance in Mill Valley, CA last season.
Gulia is a violinist and a violist of the Prima Trio, a mixed ensemble which had won a Grand Prix at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Gulia has since enjoyed ten seasons with the trio and have performed all across the US as well as abroad.
Avid orchestra musician, Gulia Gurevich has performed with the Boston, Indianapolis, Charleston, San Diego symphonies, among others. In the past, Gulia was invited to be on the chamber music jury panel of the International Young Pianist Competition in Villahermosa, Mexico and is on a jury of the upcoming Braga International Violin competition in Portugal. She also taught masterclasses at the Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory and the PLU.
After graduating with honors she enrolled at Indiana University, where she received her Diploma, Gulia received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and is currently pursuing her MM/DMA degree at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Ms. Gurevich is a cofounder of the Nelli Shkolnikova Academy in France and runs a chamber music festival and a concert series and owns a music school in the Los Angeles area.
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