Sibling Rivalry: August 25th
Sibling Rivalry: August 25th
Serafim Smigelskiy makes a much-anticipated return to Sounds of the City, joined by his sister, pianist Anna Smigelskaya. The duo will take us on an exciting journey through the history of the cello beginning with the Bach cello Suites, which transformed audience’s perspective on the instrument practically overnight, followed by Beethoven’s masterful Cello Sonata, which pits the piano and cello against each other in a duel to the death! You’ll have to be there to see who wins. Special guest Paul Lincoln (on accordion) joins the duo for additional pieces from around the world. The concert will take place at a beautiful terrace with fantastic views at the home of Marc and Madlen Simon, 150 Bay Street, PH4 (10th Floor), Jersey City, NJ 07302.
6:30: Refreshments served
7:30: Concert begins
Serafim Smigelskiy has established himself as one of today's most promising young cellists. He appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard School Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, Jupiter Chamber Players, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, ECCE, ArsViva Strings Orchestra, Axiom contemporary music ensemble, Dal Niente and Quartet Accorda. Serafim is currently touring as a member of the critically acclaimed Tesla Quartet www.teslaquartet.com
Inspired by contemporary art, Serafim performs a wide repertoire of modern music and collaborates with ensembles of new music. Working directly with such composers as Georg Friedrich Haas, Chaya Czernowin, Mathias Pintscher, Magnus Lindberg and Steve Reich led to performances of their music at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center, Harvard University's Radcliff Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, and others. Serafim also has a keen interest in historic performance practice and has been extensively studying baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai at the Juilliard Historical Performance Department. As a baroque cellist, he has performed alongside William Christie, Robert Mealy and Nicholas McGegan with Juilliard 415 and Sebastians ensembles. Serafim has studied and collaborated with numerious prominent musicians, such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Laurence Lesser, Colin Carr, Martin Storey, Richard Aaron, Eric Rosenblith, Ben Sayevich, Stanislav Ioudenitch,William Grant Naboré,Vassily Sinaisky, Julius Berger,Alban Gerhardt, Giya Kancheli,Alexey Liubimov, Daniel Muller Shott, Nicholas Kitchen, Peter Stump and many others.
Born in 1985, in St. Petersburg, Russia, he began studying cello at the age of 6 with Galina Korolyóva. At 15, he entered the Rimsky-Korsakov College where he was a student of Konstantin Kucherov. During this period he received several awards from international competitions and foundations, including the First Prize of the Russian State's Russian Music Competition, Third Prize in the International Mravinsky Cello Competition, and Second Prize in the Mussorgsky String Competition. In 2004 he entered the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where he studied with Alexey Massarsky. During that period he studied with Alexander Richter of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic String Quartet and Josif Levinson of the Taneyev String Quartet. Serafim was also a cellist with the eminent Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, chamber orchestra Divertissement and the St. Petersburg Soloists artist management organisation. Before moving to New York City in 2010, he received the Graduate Certificate at Park University International Center for Music where he was a student of Martin Storey. Serafim has earned Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School studying with Richard Aaron (cello) and Sylvia Rosenberg (chamber music)
Anna Smigelskaya, a highly sought after collaborative pianist, has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States and Russia. She began her piano studies as a child at the Music School of St. Petersburg, and was eventually accepted to the prestigious St. Petersburg Rimsky–Korsakov Music College, where she studied with Sveltlana Karzina. In 2010, she relocated to the United States to pursue a performance degree on full scholarship at Sam Houston State University under Dr. Sergio Ruiz and Dr. Ilonka Rus. Ms. Smigelskaya graduated magna cum laude from SHSU and recently completed her Master's of Music studies at University of Houston under Prof. Nancy Weems. Since arriving to the U.S., Anna has participated in festivals including Pianofest in The Hamptons and Collaborative Piano Institute, competed in piano competitions (1st place in the 2014 TMTA Piano Competition), performed in venues such as Juilliard School of Music and Carnegie Hall and her collaborations include performances with the Tesla Quartet and Aperio (Music of the Americas). Currently, in addition to her performance career, Ms. Smigelskaya serves as pianist and organist at Spring Woods United Methodist Church and works as staff pianist at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Ms. Smigelskaya has recently been accepted to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music to proceed with her graduate studies under Professor Warren Jones in the fall of 2018.