On Monday, February 5th, 2007, violinist David Chernyavsky and pianist Michael Adcock will offer a recital in
Garrett Hall at 8 pm of music by Russian-Jewish classical composers of the early 20th century as well as other
works from the violin literature. This is the second of two concerts presented during a residency by members of
the international Joel Rubin Ensemble. The first part of the concert will consist of Beethoven's Sonata No. 4
in A minor Opus 23, Tchaikovsky's Meditation in D minor Op. 42 No. 1, Tchaikovsky's Waltz Scherzo in C major Op.
34, and Brahms' Sonatensatz in C minor. The second half will be dedicated to works by Russian-Jewish composers,
including Alexander Krein, Lazare Saminsky, Jascha Spivakovsky, Joseph Achron, Leo Zeitlin, and Alexander
David Chernyavsky, violin, has been Assistant Concertmaster of Washington National Opera for the past year. From
2003 to 2005 he was the second violinist of the St. Petersburg Quartet. Chernyavsky holds a Masters degree from
the Juilliard School in New York City and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he was a student
of Nelli Shkolnikova. While at Indiana, he received the Kutner Quartet Scholarship in 2000 and was the winner of
the Indiana University School of Music Violin Concerto Competition in 1998. He has also attended the St.
Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Alexander Yuriev and Vladimir Ovcharek, first violinist of the
Taneev quartet. Chernyavsky has been a prizewinner at the European Competition in Musical Performance (Lions Club
International, Deauville, France, 1996) and at the Second Open Competition of Young Violinists (St. Petersburg,
1992), and was the recipient of a scholarship from the Matsuura Foundation (Awards for Excellence in the
Performing Arts, St. Petersburg, 1996). Chernyavsky began to perform Eastern European Jewish instrumental klezmer
music in 1993 while a teenager in St. Petersburg and has released the solo recording "The Klezmer" Violin (St.
Petersburg, 2001) and, with pianist Elena Sukhodreva and the Kle-Zemer Ensemble, "Jewish Folk and Art Music" (St.
Petersburg, 1995). He has concertized throughout Eastern and Western Europe and the United States, and was
concertmaster of the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra during the 2001 and 2002 summer seasons.
Michael Adcock, piano, was winner of the 1998 Lili Boulanger Memorial Award. He has cultivated a versatile career
as both a soloist and frequent chamber music collaborator. Prizewinner in the 1996 Washington International
Competition and winner in both the Chicago and New York Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions, Adcock made his
Carnegie Recital Hall debut in December of 1998. A former student of Joseph Schwartz, Julian Martin, Leon Fleisher
and Ellen Mack, his career has taken him to France, Italy and Australia, as well as a performance with the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Notable musicians with whom Adcock has collaborated with include Denyce Graves, Ani
Kavafian, James Buswell and the St. Petersburg String Quartet. A native of Virginia, Michael Adcock attended
secondary school at The North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received the Irwin Freundlich Memorial Piano
Award. Mr. Adcock took his Bachelor's degree from the Oberlin College-Conservatory where he graduated Pi Kappa
Lambda. At Oberlin, he was twice awarded the Kaufman Prize in chamber music and received the Hurlbutt Award as
most outstanding graduating senior in the Conservatory. Mr. Adcock received a Master's degree and Artists Diploma
from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where he was a prizewinner in the Yale Gordon and Harrison Winter
Concerto Competitions. A former Artist-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,
Adcock recently completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Peabody Conservatory, where he was also an adjunct
member of the theory and chamber music faculties. During the summer months, he Adcock is on the piano faculties of
the Musicorda Festival in Massachusetts and the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida. Currently, Adcock resides in
Washington, DC, where he maintains an active performance and teaching schedule, in addition to being on the
faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music.
This event is made possible with UVA Art Enhancement funds
It is additionally co-sponsored by:
McIntire Music Department
Jewish Studies Program
Center for the Russian and East European Studies