Monday, August 31, 2015

From Russia with Love at saddleback College: Cello-Piano Duo Recital with Kyung Eun Choi and Kirill Gliadkovsky

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Rancho Santa Margarita,  CA – On Thursday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College's Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series presents a cello-piano duo recital featuring mostly Russian composers. 

Performances by Saddleback’s Director of Keyboard Studies Kirill Gliadkovsky (piano) and Dr. Kyung Eun Choi (cello) include George Crumb Sonata for Solo Cello, Galina Ustvolskaya grand Duet for Piano and Cello, and Sergei Rachmanioff Cello Sonata, Op. 19. 

Tickets are $15 general; $12 seniors (presale only); $10 students (presale only); children free with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID. The ticket office is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or order your tickets online at any time at

Dr. Kirill Gliadkovsky, concert artist, is the newest faculty member in the Department of Music and  Director of Keyboard Studies in the Department of Music.  He teaches and supervises all things keyboard – piano, organ, harpsichord, piano pedagogy, piano literature, ensemble and group piano classes.  

He was born in Moscow and has studied music since the age of 5. He attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where his teachers included renowned musicians Lev Vlasenko, Mikhail Pletniev (piano) and Leonid Royzman (organ). He also earned both his Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California with Professors Daniel Pollack (piano), Cherry Rhodes (organ), and William Schaefer (conducting). 

He also coached with Ann Schein, Herbert Stessin, Stephen Kovacevich and Lev Naumov. Dr. Gliadkovsky took numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Europe and the United States.  Since making his first public appearance at the age of 6, he has toured extensively on three continents performing piano and organ recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in various cities in Russia, including Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi, Maliy and Rachmaninoff Halls, St. Petersburg Philharmonic's Glinka Hall, as well as in Italy, U.K., Poland, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States.  

Dr. Gliadkovsky combines his busy concert schedule with teaching. Prior to coming to teach at Saddleback College, he has been on the faculty at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT, as the head of piano area. His wife, Anna Gliadkovskaya, has been on the piano faculty at SUU, as well.

Dr. Choi has enjoyed great success in prestigious national and international competitions including the Julio Cardona (Portugal), the Aldo Parisot (Brazil), the RNCM concerto Competition (UK), and she received the Gold Medal at Japan’s Kirishima International Music Competition. She received Unpa award given to honorable Korean young artists by legendary conductor the Won-Sik Lim foundation in 2009. 

She has been invited to teach and perform in many renowned cello festivals such as Adelaide International Cello Festival, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Manchester International Cello Festival, and Kronberg Cello Festival. As a soloist, Choi has performed with many Major orchestras such as Macau Philharmonic, Prime Phil orchestra, Chester Philharmonic. She also performed in many major concert halls in Europe and Asia including Seoul Art Center, Suntory Hall, Miyazaki Prefectural Arts Center, Wigmore Hall, Elder Hall, and Bridgewater Hall with leading conductors including Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pinchas Zukerman, Mastro Micha Damev, Won-Sik Lim and fellow rising star, Ewa Strusinska and Matthew Wood. 

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Choi has appeared in many venues across the U.S., Europe and Japan collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Jian Wang and the Julliard String Quartet. She toured France at the invitation of the Rencontres Franco-Americaines Music Accociation, and was invited by Pinchas Zukerman to participate in Japan’s Miyazaki Music Festival. Dr. Choi is a faculty at El Camino College and Montecito International Music Festival.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California: a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses. The nationally-recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar, and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history, and appreciation of western art music, rock, jazz and world.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please  For Fine Arts events, visit

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