Wilton Library is pleased to welcome internationally-acclaimed and award-winning musicians, violinist Igor Pikayzen and pianist Tatyana Pikayzen, to the Brubeck Room stage on Saturday, March 24, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both recognized as virtuosos, they are direct descendants of legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen – Igor is his grandson and Tatyana is Viktor’s daughter and Igor is her son. Igor and Tatyana Pikayzen will be performing pieces by Mozart, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Waxman.
Since his concerto debut with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at age 8, Igor Pikayzen has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe, Asia, North and South America. He has been praised on four continents by critics and audiences alike with The Moscow Times noting his “astounding technical ability” and “majestically lush tone” while stating that he “surely is at the forefront of a major musical career.” In the last two years, he has given debuts and returned to Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall as well as many other major international venues. Igor received his bachelor’s degree from Juilliard and a master’s degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music. He is currently completing his doctorate at CUNY and he is on the violin faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory. Igor splits his time between New York City and Westport, CT where he launched an annual summer music festival called Edelio.
Famed Russian pianist Tatyana Pikayzen has performed to tremendous critical acclaim across three continents. A top prize winner at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and has played for such dignitaries as the last President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. An internationally sought-after teacher, she has been on the faculty and has given master classes in conservatories around the world. She also has performed in a long-standing duo with her father, Viktor Pikayzen. Labeled by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the “Paganini of the keyboard,” her recordings are treasured by music lovers and her discography includes the complete piano-violin sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach. Her most recent recording is of the complete Chopin Ballads, recorded at Yale University in 2015.
This exhilarating performance is free to the public thanks to the generous support of Ann Chernow, artist; Price Financial Group, Lori Price, President; and, Dr. Mark and Linda Rubinstein. The media sponsor is Good Morning Wilton.
An informal reception follows the concert. Registration is strongly recommended. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20 to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20 if space is available.
Wilton Library is located in the heart of Wilton Center at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. For information, directions and registration, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.