The Westport Arts Center’s 2017-18 Concert Series, bringing the best of international talent to Fairfield County, presents acclaimed international violinist Igor Pikayzen on Friday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.
Pikayzen is an award-winning Russian-American violinist, and Westport, CT resident, who has confidently established himself as one of the most prodigious talents of his generation. He has been praised on four continents by critics and audiences alike for his astounding technical ability and a majestically lush tone.
Since his concerto debut at the age of 8, Pikayzen has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Of Pikayzen, Westport Magazine stated, “[Pikayzen’s] intimate familiarity with his instrument is a musical gift for those privileged enough to attend his concerts.”
A 2005 graduate of Staples High School, Pikayzen holds a special fondness for Westport, teaching Masters Classes for the Staples High School orchestra whenever possible. In 2010, he was honored with the Westport Arts Advisory Committee’s Horizon Award, presented to Westport young people under the age of 32 who have demonstrated measurable excellence in either visual, film, theater, music or literary arts.
For this special performance, Pikayzen will perform a program of Bach, Bartók, Ysaye, Paganini and Corigliano.
Alexander Platt, the curator for the Westport Arts Center Concert Series, serves as a guide for concert attendees, and will share his perspective and insights at the performance. A native Westporter, Platt has previously served as the Music Director of eminent orchestras around the country, and now makes Westport his primary residence and focus.
Of Pikayzen, Platt stated, “Igor is truly not to be missed – he will delight and entertain with this unique program. I look forward to sharing this performance with the community.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to view Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs, on view at the Arts Center through November 10. The exhibition features over seventy color and black & white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.
To learn more about the Pikayzen concert or the 2017-18 Concert Series, please visit www.westportartscenter.org or call 203/222-7070.
The Westport Arts Center encourages advance registration. Tickets for the Igor Pikayzen concert are $40 for WAC members and $50 for non-members if purchased in advance. All tickets purchased at door are $60/ticket.
Free Companion Tickets are also available for Seniors ages 65+; each ticket purchase of $50 includes a free companion ticket (a two-for-one!).
Westport Arts Center 2017-18 Concert Series tickets can be purchased at www.westportartscenter.org or by calling 203/222-7070.
The Westport Arts Center thanks WSHU for their generous support.
More About Igor Pikayzen
Grandson of the legendary Soviet violinist Viktor Pikayzen, Igor was born in Moscow, Russia. After coming to the United States, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Juilliard, as well as a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.
Since his concerto debut at the age of 8 with Mozart’s Violin Concerto #2 and the Ankara Philharmonic, Pikayzen has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe, Asia, North, and South America, including the Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Radio Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Milano Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Filharmonica di Bacau, Bialystok Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, Czestochowa Philharmonic, Taipei Chamber Orchestra, Tbilisi Opera Orchestra and Yokohama Sinfonietta.
He has given debuts and returned to Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, City, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Teatro Llago, Congreso Nacional, Flagey in Brussels, Le Bourget in Montreal, Teatro Sant-Cugat in Barcelona, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, and Cadogan Hall in London.1
About the Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.
The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org. The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.