EStrella Piano Duo

Svetlana Belsky and Elena Doubovitskaya, piano

Events


2014

November 2 at 2.00pm
Rolling Meadows Library
3110 Martin Ln, Rolling Meadows, IL
Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Gavrilin, Anderson

June 26 - 28
EStrella Piano Duo in collaboration with Clinard Dance Theater
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
University of Chicago
915 East 60th Street, Chiacgo, IL
Stravinsky - Rite of Spring

June 11 at 12.15pm
Wednesday Concert Series at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
812 North Jackson Street, Milwaukee, WI
Dvorak, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky

May 19 at 7.15pm (private event)
Meadow Lakes, 300 Etra Road, East Winsdor, NJ
Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Gavrilin, Anderson

May 18 at 3.00pm
German Society of Pennsylvania,
Der Versammlungssaal
611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia PA
Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Gavrilin, Anderson

April 15 at 7.30 pm
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Nicholas Music Center
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Borodin, Rimsky- Korsakov, Ravel, Debussy, Anderson

April 14 at 12.30 pm
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Nicholas Music Center
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Masterclass

March 22 at 11.50am
Concert series "Live from Gottlieb"
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music
38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL
Ravel, Anderson, Borodin

February 17 at 11.00am
Musicians Club of Women
Fifth Floor Crystal Room
65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago IL
Rachmaninoff, Rimsky - Korsakov

2013

December 8 at 2.00pm
Gail Borden Public Library Concerts
270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, IL
Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Borodin,Tchaikovsky, Gavrilin, Anderson

November 10 at 2.00pm
Northbrook Library Concert Series
1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL
Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Gavrilin, Stravinsky, Ravel, Anderson

November 1 at 12 noon
Friday Noon Concert Series
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago IL
Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Anderson, Tchaikovsky, Gavrilin

July 8 at 1.45pm
Concert series "Live from Gottlieb"
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music
38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL
Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff

April 21 at 5.30pm
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
University of Chicago
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL
Mozart, Busoni, Grieg, Liebermann, Anderson

April 7 at 7.30pm
Peck Recital Hall at Peck School of the Arts
University of Milwaukee
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
Mozart, Busoni, Grieg, Liebermann, Anderson

April 6 at 12.00pm
Concert Series "Live from Gottlieb"
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music
38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL
Mozart, Busoni, Anderson

April 1 at 6.30 pm
School of Music, Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL
Mozart, Busoni, Grieg, Liebermann, Anderson

March 17 at 2.00pm
Northbrook Library Concert Series
1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL
Mozart, Busoni, Grieg, Liebermann, Anderson

2012

November 7 at 12.15pm
EStrella Piano Duo Concert and Masterclass
Nancy Kendall Theater, Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI
Dvorak, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff

July 12 at 10.00am
Gottlieb Hall, Joy Faith Knapp Music Center
Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL
Mozart-Busoni, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky

March 25 at 2.00pm
Northbrook Library Concert Series
1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL
Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff

March 17 at 12.45pm
Live from the Gottlieb Concert Series
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music,
38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL
A. Costello and S. Rachmaninoff
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About us...

The EStrella Piano Duo burst onto the musical scene in 2011 with a series of concerts celebrating the great Russian masterpieces for piano duet. Elena Doubovitskaya and Svetlana Belsky share both their Russian heritage and training, and their enthusiasm for playing together.  Their first performance evoked raves of “technical brilliance” and “infectious joy in music making”.  The second drew a standing-room-only crowd.

During their 2012-13 season the duo toured throughout the Midwest performing   works for two pianos and one piano / four-hands by Slavic composers, as well as music of Mozart and “friends” – serious and humorous homages to the master by Grieg, Busoni, Lieberman and Anderson. The 2013-2014 season feature Russian and French programs for the upcoming tour on the East Coast. Russian Masterpieces include arrangements of Russian ballet music by Stravinsky ("Rite of Spring" and "Petrushka") and Tchaikovsky ("Nutcracker"), in addition to well known works such as Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade". The French program explore excerpts from "Nocturnes" by Debussy and "La Valse" by Ravel followed by Greg Anderson's extreamly virtuosic arrangment of the Blue Danube Waltz. The season will culminate with a production of the "Rite of Spring" in collaboration with the Chicago-based Clinard Dance Theater at the University of Chicago Logan Center.

Svetlana Belsky has appeared as a recitalist and chamber pianist in the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Hong Kong, and throughout the United States, as well as soloist with several Illinois orchestras. Dr. Belsky has received awards for performances in international piano competitions and for her advocacy of new American music. Her recordings have been heard on radio stations worldwide, and her annotated translation of Busoni as Pianist has been nominated for an American Musicological Society award. Following her immigration from the Soviet Union, Dr. Belsky studied with Emilio Del Rosario in Chicago. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree (Summa Cum Laude) and her Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying with Ann Schein. Later, she earned her Doctorate in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, working with Nina Svetlanova. As the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago, Dr. Belsky teaches students from four continents, among her many other academic responsibilities.

A native of Russia, Elena Doubovitskaya performed her debut recital in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as part of Artists International Presentations, followed by numerous engagements in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia. Dr. Doubovitskaya's accomplishments include awards from Artists International Presentations, the Seattle International Piano Competition and the Ibla Grand Prize Competition.  She has performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Prague International Piano Master Classes and coached at the East-West Music Festival in Germany from 2002 to 2005 in addition to her regular appearances in Chicago metropolitan area. She has participated in Master Classes with Emanuel Ax, James Levine, Leif Ove Andsnes, Garrick Ohlsson, and Menahem Pressler. Dr. Doubovitskaya received her undergraduate degree from the Ural State "Mussorgsky" Conservatory in Ekaterinburg, Russia, followed by a Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she studied under Solomon Mikowsky.  In 2012 she earned her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, studying under Ursula Oppens and Sylvia Wang. In addition to an active performance career, Dr. Doubovitskaya currently serves  as the Piano Department Chair at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.
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