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Ivan Karizna (Cello), Boris Kuznetsov Piano (Germany)

Date: 05.03.2019 beginning at 19:00
Category: Chamber music

A renowned Belarusian virtuoso cellist Ivan Karizna returns to Minsk with a new program. A graduate of the Republican Gymnasium-College of the Belarusian State Academy of Music and the Conservatory in Paris have performed solo concerts in different countries with the best orchestras and musicians. Now Ivan Karizna will perform an original program in the ensemble with a pianist Boris Kuznetsov (Germany) at his homeland, in Belarus.

In the success story of a young cellist are more than 10 awards of the international competitions among which is the most important International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels where Ivan won not only the People's Choice Award, but became the laureate.

Among the eminent colleagues with whom Ivan Karizna collaborated and performed, such renowned musicians as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer. Thanks to the personal assistance of Vladimir Spivakov, who compared the talent of a young Belarusian with the genius of Mstislav Rostropovich, Ivan Karizna received the unique cello of the ancient French master Auguste Bernardel (Paris, 1867).

Ivan Karizna performs all over the world: at the European countries, Israel, Mexico, the USA and Japan. The schedule of the musician is painted for several years ahead. Despite the fact that each concert is important and has its own vibe, Ivan Karizna has a special attitude to the performance in Minsk. The Belarusian public will enjoy a warm performance of an outstanding representative of modern performing arts.

“Each of the three sonatas selected for the concert is a masterpiece of the repertoire for stringe instruments. These are the works maintaining their own fascinating history. The Sonata «Arpeggione» was originally written for the instrument now forgotten. An arpeggione has six strings and frets on the fingerboard, but it resembles a cello by the way of sound-producing and by size. Over time a cello was the very one to replace an arpeggione to perform a Schubert's sonata. The Kreutzer Sonata is one of the most famous chamber works by Beethoven, – says Ivan Karizna. It is interesting, that at the moment of the premiere composer barely had time to complete his composition and the notes hadn't yet been rewritten, so Beethoven partially played the piano part according to his drafts and the violinist had to look over the pianist’s shoulder at the notes. The composer Johannes Brahms felt a spesial love to the cello and was a cellist-amateur. To a large extent he expressed these feelings in his sonata, demonstrating all the virtues of the cello as a "singing" instrument.

L. van Beethoven - Sonata No. 9 in A major "Kreutzer", op. 47

(arrangement for cello and piano)

F. Schubert - Sonata in A Minor “Arpeggione” for Cello and Piano, D.821

I. Brahms - Sonata in E Minor for Cello and Piano, op.38


Иван Каризна (виолончель), Борис Кузнецов (фортепиано)