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3Highlights of the 2008/9 season included two concerts withthe Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the HollywoodBowl, a performance of Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 withthe Houston Symphony Orchestra under Hans Graf and hisJapanese debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphonyplaying Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole. European appearancesincluded his debut with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestraand a tour of the Netherlands with the Royal LiverpoolPhilharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vassily Petrenko playingthe Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.Recently, Ugorski made his debut with the LondonPhilharmonic Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Tampere Philharmonic,Malmö Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, RTÉ Dublinand with the Vienna Kammerphilharmonie at the ViennaKonzerthaus. He also returned to the Rotterdam Philharmonictaking over concerts at the last minute from an indisposedLeonidas Kavakos playing the Stravinsky concerto withRobin Ticciati.As a recitalist, Ugorski first collaborated with pianist KonstantinLifschitz at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germanyto great acclaim, and in September 2009 the pair playedfour concerts at the Enescu Festival in Romania. In January2010, the duo released a recital DVD for VAI of works byBach, Brahms, Strauss, Szymanowski, Ravel and Tchaikovsky.Future engagements together include debuts at the WigmoreHall in London, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Tivoli Festival inCopenhagen and the Lucerne Festival.Eugene Ugorski began studying the violin at the age of sixwith Professor Vesna Gruppman. He continues to study withVesna as well as with Igor Gruppman, one of the world’s mostrespected concertmasters.Konstantin Lifschitz completed his studies at the GnessinSchool of Music in 1994 with a performance of Bach’sGoldberg Variations. The concert was recorded by theJapanese record label Denon, and upon the release of thealbum, the critic Edward Rothstein of The New York Timeswrote that it was ‘the most powerful pianistic interpretationsince Gould’. In 1995, Lifschitz received an Echo Klassik Awardas ‘European Young Artist of the Year’ on the strength of thisrecording. In 1996, the Goldberg Variations recording wasnominated for a Grammy Award.Among the many eminent orchestras with which he hasappeared are the New York Philharmonic (under MstislavRostropovich), the Chicago Symphony, the San FranciscoSymphony, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (underSir Neville Mariner), the Moscow Philharmonic (under YuriSimonov), the New Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the DanishNational Radio Symphony Orchestra (under ChristopherHogwood), the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and theBeethoven Orchestra of Bonn (under Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau).In 2003, he became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Musicin London, which followed his being made an Associate twoyears earlier by the Committee of Royal Musical Institutions.Konstantin Lifschitz is dedicated to performing chamber musicwith his colleagues and peers. His collaborators include theviolinists Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer and Leila Josefowiczand the cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Misha Maisky and LynnHarrell. In addition to his vast repertoire of hundreds of pieces,he has more than 20 solo albums to his credit.Konstantin LifschitzKnown the world over for his exquisitemusical sensibility, nuanced playingand poetic, profound and stirringinterpretations, Konstantin Lifschitz hasbeen performing for audiences since theage of nine in the great concert halls andcentres for culture in the United States,Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand,Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, Korea,Hong Kong, China, Japan and hisnative Russia.A continually expanding range of pieces – including some 800works from the solo, concerto and chamber music repertoire,as well as a substantial and growing collection of works whichhe has transcribed for the keyboard – express not only thevastness of Maestro Lifschitz’s musical language but his deepdevotion to the extensive body of existing literature by thegreat composers.Born in Russia in 1976, Kosntantin Lifschitz was five yearsold when he was accepted into the preparatory class at theGnessin School of Music in Moscow, where he was taught byTatyana Zelikman, one of Russia’s most famous piano teachers.In 1989, at the age of 13, he presented a landmark recital in theOctober Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow. The capacitycrowd’s overwhelming enthusiasm, along with local criticalacclaim, established him as a major artist, ready to take hisplace alongside the elite of legendary Russian pianists. Thefollowing year, a grant from the Russian Culture foundationenabled him to fulfil a series of concert engagements in Paris,Munich, Milan and other European music centres.

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