Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York
World Premiere of "Yulia", song cycle for soprano and quartet by American composer Emmanuel Dubois, is performed by Yulia Petrachuk. Ms. Petrachuk, a delightful young Russian soprano with a rare bel canto voice, is a storytelling actress with a unique stage presence. Her program will also include Dubois' "Detour of Love" song cycle for soprano and piano, Tavener's spellbinding "Achmatova Songs" for soprano and cello, as well as song selections by Rachmaninoff. Renowned Italian virtuoso pianist Carlo Pari will accompany and perform selected classical piano solo works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
EMMANUEL M. DUBOIS - “Yulia”, song cycle for soprano and quartet
EMMANUEL M. DUBOIS - “Detour of Love“, song cycle for soprano and piano
JOHN TAVENER - “Akhmatova Songs”, song cycle for soprano and cello
CHOPIN - Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, op. 22
RACHMANINOFF - Prelude, Op. 23 № 4; Prelude, Op. 32 № 12
RACHMANINOFF - Etude Tableaux, op. 33, №8
LISZT - La Campanella, №3 from Six Grandes Etudes De Paganini
RACHMANINOFF - selection of songs for soprano and piano
YULIA PETRACHUK – SOPRANO
Born in Russia, Ms. Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland. Recently she performed Fiordiligi’s role (Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte) with Opera Camerata in Washington DC. In 2014, she performed Iolanta (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta) and Nedda (Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci) with Vocal Production NYC. Also in 2014, she sang Mimi (La Boheme), Adina (Elixir of Love) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Dicapo Opera Theater, and Fiordiligi’s role with Bethesda Summer Opera Festival. In January 2014 Yulia had her debut in The Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Her performed roles include: First Lady in (Mozart's The Magic Flute) with Ash Lawn Opera Festival; Princess Nicolette with State Theatre Bern, Switzerland (Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges); Elisa (Mozart's The Shepherd King) and Pergolesi's Flaminio (Il Flaminio) with State Theatre Biel, Switzerland; Kupava
(Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden) at Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lithuania; Mimi with Opera Ischia, Italy and with Moscow Great Hall, Russia; Semphira (Rachmaninoff's Aleko) and Euridice (Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice) in Moscow.
In 2013 Yulia received a Grant by The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridge, NYC. In 2015, she was a Finalist of the New Jersey State Opera Vocal Competition and Vocal Arts DC Discovery Series Competition. Recently she became a winner of the Montpelier Arts Center’s Classical Recital Series Competition in Washington DC. It was earlier in 2015 that Ms. Petrachuk began her collaboration with the American composer Emmanuel Dubois, who wrote the song cycle named “Yulia” dedicated to her.
Her future engagements include concerts and operatic performances in Fort Myers FL, New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Tula (Russia), and France
EMMANUEL M. DUBOIS – COMPOSER
American composer born in Brussels (1947) started writing music in his forties. He studied at Western Michigan University and, thereafter, received three awards for the Suite for Large Brass and Timpani (1996), and the first and second piano sonatas (1998, 1999). He has written prolifically for piano, brass, small and large ensembles, voice and orchestra. His music has been performed at more than thirty concerts in France and in the USA. Before composition, Dubois was a chemist (degree from University of Brussels) and an international banker (MBA from University of North Carolina).
MAXFIELD WOLLAM-FISHER – CELLIST
Holds cello performance degrees from Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin where he studied. Maxfield has worked with renowned artists music festivals and events around the globe to expand the role of cello and art in daily culture, challenging his students, audiences, and colleagues to find new ways to connect in the modern world. From his love for chamber music and recognition of music and art as an integral vocabulary for expanding global dialogue, understanding, and peace, Maxfield pursues performance, creation, recording, and collaboration in classical, contemporary, tango, popular, and interdisciplinary
artistic projects. This has led to performances with members of the Emerson Quartet, Choreographer Sally Gross, and renowned tango artists Hector del Curto and Pablo Aslan. Maxfield's teachers have included Peter Howard, Sharon Robinson, Uri Vardi, Jorja Fleezanis, Atar Arad, and Tanya Carey.
CARLO PARI – PIANIST
Carlo carried out his musical studies at the G.Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, conferring a Diploma in Piano and Composition with full marks and with honors. After specializing subsequently at numerous and authoritative Academies of Music and Masters of Piano interpretations, he devoted himself to an intense concert activity which took him, as a solo pianist and accompanist to play in the most prestigious European end not European concert halls and festivals, as well as, Carnegie Hall (New York), Teatro Bonci (Italy), Teatro Rossini (Italy), Beijing Concert Art, Centre of performing art, Tianjin Concert Hall, Handan Concert Hall (China), Rachmaninoff Concert Hall, Great Hall (Russia) etc.
As an eclectic musician, he has focused on various disciplines and music types collaborating with world-famous artists such as: Tullio de Piscopo, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Michele Placido,
Federico Mondelci, and orchestra such as Symphonic Orchestra G.Verdi of Milan, Rossini Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, S.Petersburg Philharmonic, Mav Symphony Orchestra etc.
He runs master classes and specialization courses at the most important Universities and Conservatories of the world: Bejing, Tianjin, Stockholm, New York City, Glasgow, Cleveland, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Guam – and among the most important institutions: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Manhattan School of Music, Tianjin University of music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Changsa University of music, Yuè Yang Shi University of music, Cleveland Insitute of Music, Estonian Academy of music & Kultuuri-ja-Humanitaarhariduse Institut, Guam University Figueroa Opera Academy, Moscow Conservatory of Music and at the Corelli Music Institute. He is principal piano teacher at the Conservatory of music of Venice and a Steinway Artist.
NOVA STRING QUARTET
- KATHERINE KYU HYEON LIM – Violin I
- DAVID CHANG – Violin II
- ROBERT DONOWICK - Viola
- NOAH KOH – Cello
Currently all studying at The Juilliard School, the Nova Quartet met in January 2015, all sharing a great deal of passion towards chamber music. They were selected as one of four groups to participate in Juilliard’s honors chamber music program from September 2015 to May 2016. Since September, they have been working together almost every day and performed in various concerts, constantly aiming for a higher level of string quartet playing. They are currently working towards their main recital project as an honors group, coming up in a few months. The quartet is being coached by Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Joseph Lin.