Tonight’s performance in Queen Elizabeth Hall celebrates the life of Professor Alexander (Sasha) Ivashkin, acclaimed cellist and scholar, who passed away in January 2014.
Performers from across the globe join together with Goldsmiths students past and present in this concert of sacred and secular Russian music, plus works for cello & tape by Gabriel Prokofiev and Alfred Schnittke.
Alexander Ivashkin joined Goldsmiths in 1999 as a Chair in Performance Studies, establishing Goldsmiths as one of the world leaders in Russian Music and inspiring a generation of new performers, composers and theorists. Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Sasha was an internationally renowned soloist cellist who was mentored by Mstislav Rostropovich. He played with the world’s leading orchestras including the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Bolshoi Orchestra, among many others, in the finest concert halls across the globe. In 2013, he presented the first performance of Gabriel Prokofiev’s concerto for cello and orchestra along with a new version of his grandfather’s Cello Concertino in the Great Hall of St Petersburg Philharmonia.
Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, commented:
“Professor Sasha Ivashkin was a distinguished scholar, a compelling performer and a much loved colleague. He was hugely respected by his students and cherished by the whole Goldsmiths community. His immense musical legacy and his passionate spirit will continue to inspire our Music Department.”
Alfred Schnittke: 'Klingende Buchstaben' for solo cello and 'Epilogue' from "Peer Gynt" for cello, piano & tape
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony no 1 in D major Op 25 (‘Classical’) and Piano Sonata no 7 in B flat Op 83
D Shostakovich: Suite Op 6 for two pianos (selection)
Johannes Brahms: Four Piano Pieces Op 119
Gabriel Prokofiev: 'Outta Pulsor' for cello ensemble
Choral works by Berezovsky, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov
Irina Schnittke, Dmitri Alexeev, Boris Berman, Danny Driver & Andrew Zolinsky (pianos)
Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Goldsmiths Sinfonia, conducted by Roger Redgate
Goldsmiths Chamber Choir, conducted by Mark Shanahan
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