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Classics Reimagined: Music Salon with Renowned Violin/Piano Duo (Part 2)

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This is Part 2 of a two concert miniseries.
Click here to view Part 1.

Music Friends is thrilled to feature violinist and composer, Oleg Pokhanovski - a special guest from Winnipeg, along with acclaimed pianist and local favourite, Scott Meek, for a dazzling two concert miniseries on Oct 28th and Nov 4th at two small and intimate venues.

Over the course of two Saturday evenings, Oleg will present his own original transcriptions of beloved works from the great composers, all arranged for violin and piano. Scott will rise up to the challenge of being the collaborating pianist in these thrilling arrangements that are often meant to push the limits of both of their instruments.

The second concert of this miniseries features Oleg’s transcriptions of works from Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Paganini, Bizet, Schumann, Walton, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, and Ravel, as well as Oleg’s own original Tango.

In our post-concert reception, you'll have a chance to mingle and chat with the performers and other audience members and make some great new friends.

Wine and refreshments are included.


All works transcribed for violin and piano by Oleg Pokhanovski

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)

  • Étude-Tableau Op. 39, No. 5
  • Prelude Op. 23, No. 6
  • Étude-Tableau Op. 33, No. 7

Alexander Scriabin (1872 - 1915)

  • 2 Poèmes, Op. 32
  • Prelude Op. 11 No. 2
  • Prelude Op. 11 No. 20

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)

  • Menuet

Oleg Pokhanovski (b. 1970)

  • Tango Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840)
  • Caprice No. 17

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

  • Intermezzo, Op. 26

William Walton (1902 - 1983)

  • Old Sir Faulk

Alexander Glazunov (1865 - 1936)

  • Prelude Op. 49, No. 1

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

  • Dumka, Op. 59

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

  • Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit
  • Toccata from Le tombeau de Couperin


Oleg Pokhanovski, violin

Oleg Pokhanovski is a distinguished violin professor at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music.

Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of eight prestigious international violin competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona and CIEM in Geneva among others, and was First Prize Winner of the 1990 Scheveningen International Violin Competition.

Pokhanovski has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Russia, giving over 1000 concerts in total. He has been presented in the Carnegie Recital Hall, the Grand Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw, Knight Hall in Prague, Place des Arts in Montréal and others. His solo appearances with orchestra included the Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, The Hague Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montréal Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras.

Oleg Pokhanovski began his career as a violinist at the age of 6, giving his first performance with the Kuybyshev Symphony in Russia. Invited to move to the United States, he received full scholarships at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music studying with Dorothy DeLay, Pinchas Zukerman and Ani Kavafian, and took part in the “Solisti dal Mondo” program under Taras Gabora. Pokhanovski was also awarded a Doctor of Music degree at the University of Montreal.

Scott Meek, piano

Canadian pianist Scott Meek, top prizewinner of several national and international competitions, has performed as soloist with the Toronto, Edmonton, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, and has performed solo recitals for the University of British Columbia's Noon Hour Recital Series and the Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg. Additionally, he has performed in many series in western Canada, including Capilano University Cap Classics, Qualicum Beach Music on Sunday, West Vancouver Community Arts Council, and Valley CrossWay. In Winnipeg, he performs regularly with violinist Oleg Pokhanovski in his series Oleg and Friends. Internationally, he has performed with the Oberlin Orchestra and the Indiana University ad hoc Orchestra, and has won bronze medals at the Corpus Christi International Competition and at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Scott began piano studies at the age of six, taking lessons with Carole Pollard in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before enrolling at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, to earn his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (East Asian Studies) degrees, studying piano under Alvin Chow. At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Scott received his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees, studying under world-renowned pianist and Distinguished Professor, Menahem Pressler.

Currently, Scott is a sought-after collaborative pianist and teacher in Vancouver, teaching at various schools around Greater Vancouver, and accompanying the studio of violin professor emeritus Taras Gabora. He also regularly performs piano four-hands recitals as the Meeks Duo with his wife, pianist Clare Yuan.

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