Six musical “Wunderkind” earn coveted spot performing with Russian superstar ballerinas. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Great Russian Nutcracker,five hand-selected “Musical Wunderkind” in cities across the country accompany Moscow Ballet ballerina in St Saen’s Dying Swan. The six, each in their respective cities, perform “Dying Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, prior to the curtain rising on the Great Russian Nutcracker.Moscow Ballet created the cross discipline program, “Musical Wunderkind,” as a salute to talented young Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition winners. Unique to Moscow Ballet, the program is an unprecedented cooperation between the internationally renowned ballet company and up and coming student musicians. Los Angeles Philharmonic winner Edvard Pogossian’s reaction to performing with Moscow Ballet is, “Of course I would love to do it…I am very much looking forward to…this incredible opportunity!” The experience develops young musician’s interpretation skills in a way practice cannot. From Washington D.C. to Los Angeles: see Dallas’ Xavier Wilson, Cleveland’s Fedor Amosov, Chicago’s Ben Solomonow, Minneapolis’ Rachelle Smith, Los Angeles Edvard Pogossian, and in Betheda and Fairfax’ Fedor Ouspensky.
Dallas – Xavier Wilson and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the November 16 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium… Child prodigy cellist, Xavier Wilson will open the performance playing Saint Saens’ “Dying Swan,” accompanied by Moscow Ballet ballerina Olga Kifyak dancing the time-honored choreography. Xavier Wilson has placed in several cello competitions including the Friedlander Concerto Competition for which he received 3rd place the first year and 2nd the following. Moscow Ballet celebrates Xavier Wilson and his many achievements! Read more about Xavier.
Cleveland – Fedor Amosov and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 1 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Cleveland’s Music Hall… Fedor Amosov, an exceptionally talented young Russian cellist, was born in 1988 into a musical family in Moscow. Fedor was awarded First Prize in Concertino Prague 38th International Competition and has studied with renown cellists including Stephen Geber, Suren Bagratuni, and Natalia Gutman. Moscow Ballet celebrates Fedor and his many achievements! Read more about Fedor A.
Chicago/Rosemont – Ben Solomonow and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 2 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Akoo Theatre… Ben Solomonow is a student of Hans Jensen and is currently playing on a cello made by William Whedbee in 1998. In 2010 Ben won the top prize of the senior division in the Walgreen National Concerto Competition, and played the Piatigorsky “Variations on a Paganini Theme” with the MYA Symphony Orchestra. Moscow Ballet celebrates Ben and his many achievements! Read more about Ben.
Minneapolis – Rachelle Smith and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 7 performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Orpheum… Rachelle has received several honors including the National Fine Arts Festival in 2009 and being a finalist in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Concerto Competition (GTCYS) in 2010 and 2011. Moscow Ballet celebrates Rachelle’s many achievements! Read more about Rachel.
Los Angeles – Edvard Pogossian and Moscow Ballet soloist present a special collaboration at the December 14 7:30pm performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at the Wiltern…In 2011 Cellist Edvard won the L.A. Philharmonic Young Artists Competition and performed with Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by Music Director Thomas Wilkins who comments, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Edvard, since he was a little bright eyed boy…he has grown to become a tremendously gifted musician.” Moscow Ballet celebrates Eddie and his many achievements! Read about Eddie.
Bethesda, Fairfax and N.P.C. – Fedor Ouspensky and Moscow Ballet soloist present special collaborations at National Press Club, Washington D.C. Dec 14; Dec 16 7:30pm performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker at Strathmore Music Hall in Bethesda and Dec 19 performance at GMU Concert Hall in Fairfax…Violoinist Fedor Ouspensky has already won First Place in 11 competitions and has appeared as a soloist performing with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra and Capitol City Symphony. Moscow Ballet celebrates Fedor and his many achievements! Read more about Fedor.
Click here to see legendary ballerina Maya Plisetskaya in Saint Saens’ “The Dying Swan”
Over 20 Years 50,000+ Children Receive Arts Enrichment – Moscow Ballet’s 20th anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates the 50,000+ student dancers (an average of 50 students in 50 cities over 20 years time) who have performed along-side the Russian cast of 40 on annual North American tours. The commitment to deliver children’s programming, in tandem with acclaimed ballet performances, began twenty years earlier when Moscow Ballet producers, then working with Connecticut Dance Theatre, invited Dance Theater of Harlem directors to work with their Hartford students. Among those dedicated students was Charmaine Hunter who went on to become star of Arthur Mitchell’s Fire Bird. Other children’s programming includes 1984 “Cynthia Gregory Celebration Tour” with the “Just Say No” campaign as it’s official message and chaired by First Lady Nancy Reagan; Russian-Cultural Ballet program produced in museums and art institutions; “Cinderella Around the World” dance and literacy program; and “First International Glasnost Festival Tours” included symposiums, screenings, poetry readings, and more for students and public at Dartmouth, Yale, and other colleges. Today Moscow Ballet offers all children New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life addressing diet, exercise and creative expression through interactive experiences with Moscow Ballet dancers, Musical Wunderkind, Summer Intensives and more. http://www.nutcracker.com/education/overview