Stressed out by midterms and the reality that winter is just
around the corner? Need a chance to sit back, relax and be carried
off into a different world? This Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the
Rackham Auditorium is your chance. Float away into romantic violin
and piano melodies by esteemed Siberian-born violinist Vadim Repin
and his close friend and piano accompanist, Alexander Korsantia.
Making their Ann Arbor debut as well as playing together for the
first time in a full recital, this performance will be bursting
with new and exciting energy. Vadim’s passionate strokes and
Korsantia’s impeccable skills will be the perfect remedy to clear
anyone’s mind and soul.

Repin began playing the violin in 1976, “at exactly five years
and one day, one side by chance and one side by natural forces,” he
reminisced. Always asking his mother to buy him musical toys, she
went to the local music school where the violin was the only
available instrument to rent. Bringing it home, she found Vadim
immediately hooked. After one week, the little boy loved his new
toy, and by the age of 17 he had already performed in New York,
Munich, Berlin and London. In 1988, winning the Reine Elizabeth,
the most prestigious and demanding violin competition in the world,
Repin gained Belgian citizenship and his international career took
off.

Since then he has performed with major symphonies all over the
world, including the Boston Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris and
the San Francisco Symphony. Reflecting on his career’s rapid and
incredible growth, Repin said, “I have always loved playing music,
I was constantly performing from the time I was little and I never
thought how my career would go, I just hope to keep playing, keep
getting better and see what happens.”

Repin and Korsantia’s repertoire this Sunday consists of four
classical pieces: Mozart, “Sonata in e minor;” Prokofiev, “Sonata
No. 2 in D Major;” Ysaye, “Sonata No. 3 in d minor” and R.
Strauss,’ “Sonata in E-flat Major.” The Prokofiev “Sonata,”
celebrating St. Petersburg, is known as the dance for the flute,
and with Repin’s magical fingers one can easily “imagine brilliant
shining colors, especially with the spice added to the music by the
violin,” Repin revealed. Viewing the Strauss piece as the main
statement of the program, he said, “It is one of the most
challenging pieces for anyone to play and equally difficult for the
piano and the violin. It is wonderful for my debut for my first
time in Michigan … it’s very colorful and emotional.”

Instead of worrying about the future, this endearing young
artist with a great outlook on life just likes to focus on
improving and loving every minute of performing in venues all over
the world. Driven by the chance to be on stage, Repin gets great
joy out of watching his diverse audiences’ reactions to his music,
and this Sunday he is sure to look out into the crowd and see
smiles of awe and ecstasy across everyone’s faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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