Distinguished violinist Victor Danchenko, a faculty artist at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, will teach a master course, The Art of Performing Concertos with Orchestras, in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 25-July 5, 2010. The St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of principal guest conductor Vladimir Lande, will work with Danchenko and the participants on a daily basis. The unique course is expected to attract about 30 of the world’s top violin students and young professionals.
“As far as I know, this kind of enterprise has never been done before,” said Danchenko, who studied with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. “Soloists need to know what to listen for, when they should lead the orchestra and conductor and when they should submit to their will, how to achieve the right level of sound, how to blend with the orchestra, and many other things.”
Each participant will have two 45-minute sessions in which he or she works with Danchenko and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, also receiving a CD of these sessions. Two participants will be chosen to perform with the orchestra in a final gala concert.
The tuition of $2,900 includes accommodations with breakfast at a hotel within walking distance of Razumovsky Palace, where the classes will take place. An application form is available at www.peabody.jhu.edu/danchenkomc. The deadline to apply, submitting the form, a CD of the first movement of a concerto performance, and a non-refundable fee of $50, is March 15, 2010. Inquiries may be directed to Vladimir Lande at email@example.com.
Victor Danchenko emigrated from the Soviet Union, where his performances and recordings were critically acclaimed, in 1977. He has continued to perform as a soloist while teaching students who have gone on to win major awards and prominent positions with orchestras and chamber ensembles. In addition to teaching at Peabody and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, he frequently gives master classes in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He returned to his alma mater, the Moscow Conservatory, to give master classes in 2000 and 2001. In December 2008, Danchenko performed and recorded Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with fellow Oistrakh pupil Nina Beilina and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his position as principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Lande is a guest conductor of the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and other ensembles in Washington and Maryland, and principal guest conductor of the Bachanalia Festival Orchestra in New York. He regularly conducts the Donetsk Ballet Company in Europe and the United States. In 2004, he conducted the opening concert at St. Petersburg’s White Nights Festival. Lande led the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in its summer 2009 season and has toured and recorded with the orchestra. He is also an oboist and a member of the Poulenc Trio.
For more information about Victor Danchenko and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu.
About the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music by philanthropist George Peabody. Today, Peabody boasts a preeminent faculty, a nurturing, collaborative learning environment, and the academic resources of one of the nation’s leading universities, Johns Hopkins. Through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level, from small children to seasoned professionals, from dedicated amateurs to winners of international competitions. Each year, Peabody stages nearly 100 major concerts and performances, ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz, many of them free — a testament to the vision of George Peabody.
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