Yuri Zhislin and Natalia Lomeiko
Natalia Lomeiko

"The highlight of the evening was the performance
Lomeiko and Zhislin gave us one of the best versions
I have ever heard. They played this beautiful music
effortlessly and naturally, not making anything up,
following the great composer's ideas: light,
happiness, nobility and wisdom...
Their ensemble is phenomenal"

"KULTURA, Moscow, Russia

LOMEIKO & ZHISLIN DUO
Yuri Zhislin and Natalia Lomeiko

The Lomeiko - Zhislin Duo is an artistic union created as a result of their strong desire to be together on stage, as well as in life.

As a Duo, they have performed with the Moscow State Chamber, the Pacific Symphony, the Altay Philharmonic, the Queensland Symphony, the Christchurch Symphony, the Kurashiki String Academy, the London Soloists, the Emerald Enemble, the English Soloists Ensemble, the New European Strings, the Yerevan Philharmonic orchestras and with their own chamber orchestra - the Russian Virtuosi of Europe.

Natalia Lomeiko and Yuri Zhislin have performed together in their native Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk and Vladivostok), England (London, Bristol, Lincoln), as well as Armenia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Their Duo recital programmes have been enthusiastically received at the Wigmore Hall, Ako Festival in Japan, Burton and Bradstock Festival and Lincolnshire Festival in England, and concert venues across Europe.

Natalia and Yuri's joint CD for Naxos will be released in 2011 and feature complete violin and viola works by A. Bruni and J. Halvorsen.

Recording in Okayama, Japan

"The highlight of the evening was the performance by the Lomeiko-Zhislin Duo. The Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante is often played these days, and the listeners are offered a wide variety of different interpretations. Lomeiko and Zhislin, however, gave us one of the best versions I have ever heard. They played this beautiful music effortlessly and naturally, not making anything up, following the great composer's ideas: light, happiness, nobility and wisdom..

Their ensemble is phenomenal. It feels like both of them can predict exactly what the other one is about to do. Lomeiko and Zhislin are like twins: they sense the mood, the phrase and the colours of the work in exactly the same way. The viola does not keep any secrets from the violin. It gently decorates musical ideas that the violin creates with its own unique patterns. Sometimes, the same melody is simply shared by the two instruments. The tempos, passages, technical elements - everything was performed effortlessly. But the most significant thing was the sound: tender, transparent and dreamy from the violin, and dark and rich, as honey, from the viola.
"KULTURA, Moscow, Russia

No es fácil redescubrir las obras de Johann Sebastian Bach. En este caso los visitantes entregaron una visión renovada del "Concierto para dos violines cuerdas y contínuo", obra influenciada fuertemente por la música italiana. Participaron la hermosa violinista Natalia Lomeiko como primer violín y Yuri Zhislin en el segundo.

Destacaremos los diálogos y fraseos entre solistas y el "tutti" en el primer movimiento, de gran musicalidad. El segundo fue una muy grata sorpresa al ser tomada la "siciliana" casi a la danza, pero alada. Destacaremos la enorme musicalidad y bello sonido de la igualmente hermosa Natalia Lomeiko, que complementada estupendamente por Zhislin ofrecieron una entrañable versión, en ella incluso lograron sutiles cambios de "color" en el sonido de sus instrumentos, lo que sin duda que realzó más aún uno de los más hermosos movimientos creados por Bach.

Una extrema y elegante precisión virtuosa destacó en el tercero, en los solos y en el resto de las cuerdas, con arcos en correspondencia entre solos y tutti, en una brillante demostración de musicalidad.
Santiago de Chile,

Yuri Zhislin
'SCHUMANN AND MORE' FESTIVAL Sept 2010
Schumann and More Festival
Poster

Princess Alexandra Hall
Royal Over Seas League House,
Park Place St James's Street
London SW1A1LR

3rd September
Concert 7:30
Princess Alexandra Hall
Schumann Fantasiestucke Piano Trio op.88 (Ivan Martin, Natalia Lomeiko, David Cohen) Bruch A selection of pieces for violin, clarinet and piano (Natalia Lomeiko, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Ivan Martin)

interval

Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat (Ivan Martin, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Yuri Zhislin, David Cohen)

4th September
pre concert rehearsals at the Hall
possible masterclass

Concert, 7:30
Schumann Adagio and Allegro op.70 (David Cohen, Olga Sitkovetsky )
Fantasiestucke (Nicolas Baldeyrou, Olga Sitkovetsky )
Fantasie arr.Kreisler (Yuri Zhislin, Olga Sitkovetsky)

interval

Bach Goldberg Variations arr. for String Trio by D.Sitkovetsky
Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri Zhislin, David Cohen


5th September
possible masterclass


Concert, 3:00
Brahms Clarinet Quintet (Nicolas Baldeyrou, Natalia Lomeiko, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Yuri Zhislin, David Cohen)
interval

Schumann Piano Quintet
(Ivan Martin, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Natalia Lomeiko, Yuri Zhislin, David Cohen)

CHRISTCHURCH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL NZ

Christchurch International Festival
Natalia Lomeiko and Friends
in association with
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
and the Russian Cultural Centre Trust

23rd February
8:00 pm in aid of Christchurch
Earthquake relief Fund
Schubert Streichtrio Sonatensatz (1816)
Mendelssohn Piano Quartet in b minor
Schumann Piano Quartet

26th February
Town Hall Concert 7:30 pm
with CSO and Marco Zuccarini
Brahms Double Concerto for violin,
cello and orchestra

27th February
Christchurch Cathedral Concert 2:00 pm
Bruch 3 Pieces from Stucke for Clarinet,
viola and piano op.83
Brahms Horn Trio op.40
Schostakovich Piano Trio no.2

3rd March
Pettman Junior Academy of Music,
School of Music UC
4pm Masterclass held by the artists

4th March
Maurice Till Concert Hall,
Christchurch School of Music
3-6pm Masterclass held by the Artists
7:30 pm Concert
Martinu Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Brahms Clarinet trio
Schulhoff Duo for Violin and Cello
Beethoven Gassenhauer Trio

6th March
Christchurch Cathedral Concert 2:00 pm
with CSO and Marco Zuccarini
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Ysaye Amitie for 2 violins
Mozart Piano Concerto in G n.17 K453


"Natalia Lomeiko and Friends" is supported by The David and Genevieve Becroft Foundation, The Press, ROSL NZ, Classic PR and Antonio Strings.

Violin: Natalia Lomeiko
A Russian born, London based New Zealander, is a household name to Christchurch audiences having won the Young Musician of the Year, Gisborne, Christchurch Concerto Competition , Michael Hill and the Gold Medal in the “Premio Paganini” International Violin Competitions . Lord Menuhin hailed her as “one of the most brilliant of our younger violinists”. Natalia has been accompanied by major orchestras around the world including the St.Petersburg Radio-Symphony, Tokyo Royal Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchastra among many others. She has performed chamber music alongside such renowned musicians as Gidon Kremer, Tabea Zimmermann, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Schlomo Mintz, Boris Pergamenschikov, Isabelle Faust and Yuri Bashmet. She has just been appointed a Professor at the Royal College of Music, London. Natalia has recorded for DYNAMIC, Trust Records, Fone and NAXOS

Viola: Yuri Zhislin
Described by the Strad magazine as "a virtuoso with a lyrical talent and truly Romantic temperament" Yuri Zhislin, a Russian born Londoner is a winner of BBC Radio 3 and Dvarionas International Violin Competitions. Yuri is one of the youngest Professors at the Royal College of Music. He has established his own Chamber Orchestra called the "Russian Virtuosi of Europe" which had its’ launch at the Wigmore Hall in 2004 and toured France, UK and South America to a great critical acclaim. A very dedicated chamber musician, Yuri is in high demand both as a violinist and a violist in Concerts and Festivals around the world performing with such renowned musicians as Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ashley Wass, Natalie Clein, Charles Owen, Michael Collins and many others. Yuri has recorded for Somm and Naxos labels.

Cello: Claudio Bohorquez
A German cellist, 1st Prize winner of Pablo Casals and Geneva International Cello Competition is a widely recognised chamber musician and soloist. Claudio Bohórquez has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Münchner Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras among many others. He is a Professor at the Hans Eisler Hochschule in Berlin.

Piano: Katja Skanavi
A Russian born Greek pianist is well known for her chamber partnership with such musicians as Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kremer. She is a winner of many prizes including Marguerite Long and Jacque Thibaud, Van Cliburn and Maria Callas International Piano Competitions. Her discs of works by Schumann, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, recorded live in Marseille, were highly regarded by the critics, and a Chopin recital (on the Pro Piano label) was named ‘Classical Recording of the Month’ by Gramophone magazine. Her most recent Lyrinx recording is dedicated to works by Chopin composed between 1843 and 1845.

Clarinet: Nicolas Baldeyrou
is recognised as one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. A winner of ARD Munich Competiton and Young Concert Artists in New York., in 2004 he was chosen to be an ECHO-Rising Star artist and toured around the world performing in most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Vienna Concerthaus and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He has been invited to perform as a soloist by such orchestras as the Bayerische RundFunk, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonia, the St-Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orchestre National d’Ile de France among many others. Nicolas is very much involved in contemporary music, both as a soloist and as a chamber artist with various ensembles (2 e 2 m, Court-Circuit, Alternance, Ars Nova, Itinéraire, TM +).

To book tickets:
23rd 8pm and 27th February 2pm at the Christchurch Cathedral tickets: $35 and $25 concessions www.christchurchcathedral.co.nz/Events/Concerts or from the Cathedral Gift shop, Cathedral Sq, Christchurch phone: 03 3660046

26th February 7:30pm Town Hall and 6th March 2pm Christchurch Cathedral www.cso.co.nz purchase tickets through Ticketek www.ticketek.co.nz

3rd March Masterclass at the Pettman Junior Academy of Music 35 Creyke Road, Christchurch +64 3 364 2987 ext 7440 wolfgang.kraemer@canterbury.ac.nz

4th March Concert and Masterclass at the Maurice Till Concert Hall Music Centre Christchurch 140 Barbados Street

Concert tickets: $40 www.antoniostrings.com info@antoniostrings.com phone: 03 3778813

for all general inquiries: info@natalialomeiko.com