Free and open to the public. The Thickman Family Foundation and the Wyoming Arts Council present hosts a tour featuring artists from the Piatigorsky Foundation. This fall they feature the founder of the foundation and Piatigorsky?s grandson, cellist Evan Drachman.
Cellist Evan Drachman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create a rich and varied career. Mr. Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad. As Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of this country?s most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music to diverse audiences. The Foundation?s mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Mr. Drachman?s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
Mr. Drachman received his BMA from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. His teachers have included Luis Garcia-Renart, Orlando Cole, Laurence Lesser, William Pleeth and Stephen Kates. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman traveled to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony under Maestro Rostropovich.
Doris Stevenson, pianist, has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her acute sensitivity and profound musicality have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past. Early in her career, she was invited to play with Heifetz and Piatigorsky together. She was pianist for the cello master classes of Gregor Piatigorsky, who described her as ?an artist of the highest order.? She is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and has performed in many other chamber music festivals.
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