Masterworks November 7 & 9, 2013

Thursday - 7:30pm | War Memorial Auditorium
Saturday - 8:00pm | Dana Auditorium

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Julia Zilberquit, pianoJulia Zilberquit
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor


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Brahms Variations on a theme of Haydn op.56a  

Slonimsky The Jewish Rhapsody Julia Zilberquit, piano


Schumann Symphony No.2 C-dur op.61

"Ms. Zilberquit provides a glittering account of the piano part."
  - New York Times



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About the guest artist:

Julia ZilberquitRussian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit has earned critical acclaim as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. The highlight of the current season includes Ms. Zilberquit's return to Carnegie Hall in February 2012. She will perform a rare Cesar Franck's symphonic poem "Les Djinns" for piano and orchestra with Leon Botstein and American Symphony Orchestra.

In 2004 Ms. Zilberquit found and premiered a virtually unknown early piano concerto by Beethoven in Moscow with Yuri Bashmet and the “Young Russia” orchestra, and performed it again in Montreal with Yuli Turovsky and “I Musici de Montréal” in 2006.  She has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, New European Strings, Deutsche Symphony, Moscow Soloists, Cairo Symphony, Moscow Virtuosi, Russian State Orchestra, Bolshoi Orchestra, Musica Viva, St. Petersburg Camerata, St. Petersburg’s Capella, the Russian Philharmonia, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Varsovia.

Ms. Zilberquit has given recitals at the world's major halls including New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  Her engagements at major international music festivals include appearances in Seattle, Colmar (France), Klangbogen (Vienna), Valery Gergiev's “White Nights” (St. Petersburg), Richter's “December Nights” (Moscow), “The Palaces of St. Petersburg,” and the Penderecki Festival (Poland). She has also performed under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the Beethoven Festival in Vienna.

Ms. Zilberquit’s first solo recording, The Mystery of Bagatelles, was released on Naxos in 2007 and was praised as a “superb performance” by The Washington Post, and described as an “adventurous program, sparkl[ing] with unusual clarity and pointalistic luminescence” in London’s Piano Magazine.  Ms. Zilberquit has also recorded Jewish Music from Russia, featuring works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Slonimsky (Harmonia Mundi), and Shostakovich's Concertino with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov (BMG). She has been a featured artist on WQXR (New York), RadioFrance and DeutschlandRadio.

In 2008, Ms. Zilberquit premiered Slonimsky’s Jewish Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, which was commissioned by and dedicated to her, with Leon Botstein and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel in Jerusalem.  Ms. Zilberquit performed recently at the opening concert of the 2008 Bard Music Festival, “Prokofiev and His World,” as well as at the 92nd Street Y in New York.
A native of Moscow, Julia Zilberquit was born into a family of musicians. She graduated from Moscow Gnessin School of Music and later received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School (class of Bella Davidovich). She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter. For more information, please visit

Learn more about the evening’s music at Preludes. The Prelude on Thursday, November 7 begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Mezzanine level of the War Memorial Auditorium. The Prelude on Saturday, November 9 begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Moon Room at Dana Auditorium.

Meet the Artist
Join us after the Thursday evening concert for a brief question and answer session held at the front of the stage with our guest artist and Dima.

Radio Broadcast
WFDD will broadcast this concert on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

“Play always as if in the presence of a master.” ― Schumann


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