We are delighted to welcome Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik to the Jensen Artists roster for both management and PR!
The New York Times praises Yevgeny for his "dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique," and his world-wide performances have earned him a reputation for poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works, as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire. The Strad wrote, "His performance of the Schnittke Sonata No. 1 was as compelling as his spoken introduction to it ..." adding, "The audience sat hushed throughout his encore – a traditional Yiddish folk song – listening intently to his heartfelt playing."
Yevgeny's most recent album, Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures, was released by Marquis Classics in 2014, and features music he found in his family’s suitcase after immigrating to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1990. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Classical chart and garnered significant critical acclaim, with features on NPR's All Things Considered and in The New York Times.
Yevgeny is also deeply committed to fostering creative relationships with living composers, and has been involved in commissioning and premiering several new works. In January 2016, he and composer/pianist Timo Andres performed the world premiere of Words Fail, a "song without words" for violin and piano he commissioned from Andres, at The Phillips Collection. Yevgeny performed world premieres of Ron Ford’s concerto Versus with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at Ozawa Hall, and Sheila Silver’s Six Beads on a String, which he commissioned. The New York Times reviewed Yevgeny's New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ Violin Concerto No. 2 at the 92nd Street Y, writing, "In its solo passages the violin often projects an old-fashioned rhapsodic style, which was magnified by Yevgeny Kutik’s rich, sweet tone."
Orchestral highlights of Yevgeny Kutik’s current season include his South African debut with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as debuts with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony, and performances with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA) and Springfield Symphony (MO). Highlights of his recitals this season include the world premiere of Arioso, a new work written for him by Michael Gandolfi, at National Sawdust in New York and a performance at Milton Academy's Gratwick Concert with Edwin Barker, double bass, and members of the Boston Symphony.
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