Date: 12:00pm EDT October 3, 2014
Nikita Borisevich, Violin and Margarita Loukachkina, Piano
Violinist Nikita Borisevich swept onto the Russian stage as one of today’s most promising young virtuosos. He was born into a musical family and was five years old when he began studying the violin. His first teacher was his father, who was trained by students of the renowned Russian teachers Stolyarsky and Gutnikov. His fate was decided at age twelve, when he made his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra, playing a Haydn Violin Concerto. At fifteen, he won a Russian National Competition for Violinists and Cellists called “The Magical Bow” in Perm, Russia, as well as the Perm Youth Music Festival, as a result of which he performed Bruch and Vieuxtemps Violin concertos with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra. Later, Nikita enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory on full scholarship to study with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman.
During his years at the Moscow Conservatory, Nikita toured and performed in the Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Last season, Nikita performed with the Ural Republic Symphony Orchestra playing works by Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. Nikita also broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russische Musikakdemie Dortmund (2005), as well as the Heifetz Music Academy (2010, 2012). He performed in such concert halls as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain), and W.M.P. Concert Hall “Strad for Lunch” music series (New York City). This season, Nikita performed “Tzigane” by Ravel with the Volgograd Academic Orchestra. Also, he won second prize in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition (Baltimore, February 2012).
An avid chamber musician, Nikita has performed chamber quintets by Frank, Dvorak and Shostakovich in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2010, he won a diploma and special prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius (Lithuania). He participated in Chamber Music Festival in Togliatti (Russia, 2009, 2011). Also in 2011, Nikita won the Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition (trio division) in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year, he made debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society (chamber music series). This March, Nikita won second prize and the audience award in the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition in Easton, Maryland.
Nikita is now pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Victor Danchenko. He would like to thank the Estate of Dorothy Scott Bendann Leitch for establishing the Lindred Scott Bendann Endowed Scholarship in Violin at Peabody.
Margarita Loukachkina, Piano
At the young age of fifteen Margarita (Maggie) Loukachkina gave her debut at the Mishler Theatre (PA) performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. The Altoona Mirror wrote about that performance : “She did a fantastic job, she brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the music. It’s really refreshing”. Nicholas Palmer, ASO music director and conductor also commented on this performance saying that “the piece is perfect for Maggie, who has a great feel for the piece.”
After claiming first prizes at several competitions in the US (the 2004 Nittany Valley Young Soloist Competition, State College, PA and the 2005 Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Williamsport, PA) Margarita performed the Grieg concerto with the Nittany Valley Syphony as well as the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Notes hailed her performance with the Williamsport Syphony as a “brilliant execution” and the Montoursville Daily Times wrote: “Maggie Loukachkina played so effortlessly. She gave a flawless performance.”
A native of Russia, Margarita began her studies of piano at age five with Tatyana Schklovskaya and shortly after was accepted into the prestigious Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children in Moscow, Russia. While at Gnessin Margarita traveled to competitions and performed in various recital series across Russia and Europe. Just at the age of nine she was awarded second prize at the 1998 “KONZERTEUM” International Piano Competition in Athens, Greece. Some of her additional prizes include: 2nd prize at the 2004 Rubenstein International Piano Competition, Paris, France; Grand Prize at the 2006 Wednesday Music Club Competition, Harrisburg, PA; 3rd Prize at the 2008 Louisiana International Piano Competition (Junior Level), Alexandria,LA; as well as 1st prize at the 2009 Baltimore Music Club Competition, Baltimore, MD.
At only sixteen Margarita was accepted into the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland to study with a world renown Russian pianist Alexander Shtarkman. Since then she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree there. Margarita is on faculty at Garrison Forest School and the Peabody Preparatory and holds an assistantship in music theory with Ildar Khanannov.