DUO FIGER KHANINA
Sunday February 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Guy Figer, Violin
Anna Khanina, Piano
Praised for their "devotion and original programming" by the Israeli press, for their "passion and eloquence" by the Pennsylvania press, and for being a "collaboration of equals" by the NY press, Duo Figer-Khanina is a young and dynamic ensemble, formed with the goal of exploring the rarely played repertoire composed for this ensemble. The duo presents unique and innovative programs, comprised of the traditional duo repertoire, rarely performed pieces and new music. The ensemble has recorded recitals to radio stations in Israel and the U.S. and was featured on WQXR New York. Founded in 2006, the duo performs regularly in Europe, Israel and North America. Some of their recent engagements include a recital at the Trinity Church "Concerts at One" series, a recital at the Bach Festival of "Con Vivo Jersey City", a collaboration with the "Adama" dance company and a recital of Israeli music at the "Zlilim Ba'Midbar" Festival in the Negev Desert.
Currently based in New York City, Israeli violinist Guy Figer is twice first prize winner in the Paul Ben Haim competition, in violin and chamber music. Among his other awards are the Thomastik Infeld Prize of the Prague / Vienna / Budapest summer academy and scholarships from the America Israel Foundation. He was also a finalist in the "Vittorio Gui" chamber music competition in Florence, Italy. Figer has appeared as a soloist with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, the IDF chamber orchestra, the "Soloists in the Loop" orchestra, the Manchester Music Festival ensemble and the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts Orchestra, and has been broadcast on Israeli radio, Vienna Radio, and on WFMT Chicago. As a recitalist and chamber musician Guy performed in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England, Holland, U.S.A and his native Israel. He is often invited to perform with chamber groups such as the Millennium Chamber Players and International Chamber Artists. He has also collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Tabea Zimmerman and Maxim Vengerov.
Figer attended master classes with the late Isaac Stern, the late Dorothy Delay, Pinchas Zuckerman, Miriam Fried, Sylvia Rosenberg, Vadim Gluzman and Donald Wallerstein, as well as with members of the Amadeus, Bartok and Hagen Quartets. As a former member of the Israeli Carmel Quartet, he was performing throughout Europe and Israel and was working with members of the famous Alban Berg Quartet at the Musik Hochschule in Cologne, Germany.
Mr. Figer has a rich orchestral experience which includes principal positions in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Maestro Daniel Barenboim, the Tel-Aviv Soloists, the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, The NY Asian Symphony Orchestra and the ISymphonietti01 in Switzerland, as well as Concertmaster positions with the IDF Chamber Orchestra, Guest Concertmaster with the Young Israel Philharmonic and the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony. Figer have recently moved to New York city and already played with some of the city's finest groups such as the Arcos chamber orchestra, SONYC - the String Orchestra of New York City and St. Lukes orchestra.
Mr. Figer holds a B.M degree from the Tel-Aviv music academy and a M.M degree from the Chicago College of Performing arts. He started his musical education at the age of seven at the Givataim Conservatory, studying the violin with Vera Weidman, Vally Bluthner and Avi Abramovitch. Among his teachers of later periods are Shmuel Ashkenasi, Hagai Shaham and Irina Svetlova. Highlights from the upcoming seasons include recitals and chamber music concerts in NYC, Chicago, Florida, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Hannover.
Anna Khanina's career spans the continents of Asia, Europe and North America, where she regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Among her many awards are the prizes at the Val Tidone International Piano Competition, the Second International Piano Competition in Panama, the Seventh International Competition Ciutat de Carlet, the Grieg Competition in Oslo, the Nueva Acropolis Competition in Madrid and the Clasica Nova Competition in Hannover. Guest appearances include engagements at the Brunswick Classix Festival in Braunschweig, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Norfolk Festival as well as concert tours in Novgorod, Bratsk, Moscow, Braunschweig, Helmstedt, Wolfenbuttel, Karlsruhe, Hannover, Magdeburg and throughout the United States.
Ms.Khanina studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia, before continuing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Stony Brook University. Her teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Solomon Mikowsky, Bernd Goetzke, Valentina Zwerewa and Lidia Grigorjeva