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The Emperor Concerto

  • HIghland Park Hgh School 433 Vine Avenue Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States (map)

Highland Park Strings
Free admission

Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5
Galina Sakhnovskaya, Soprano
Concerto No. 5 for Piano
in E-flat Major, Op. 73
( the “Emperor”)
Mikhail Yanovitsky, Piano
Symphony No. 1 in
C Major, Op. 21

Mikhail Yanovitsky returns for his third appearance with the Strings. Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) , he graduated from the Leningrad Music School for Gifted Children and then from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After debuts with the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow and Leningrad Philharmonics, Mikhail relocated to the US and, in 1991, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions, becoming their most frequently reengaged artist.

Yanovitsky has performed in thirty-four American states, including appearances at the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum ( Boston), Carnegie Recital Hall ( New York), Convention Center (Philadelphia) the Chicago Cultural Center and the Kennedy Center ( Washington). He has also performed in fifteen European countries, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea and China. The winner of numerous awards, he has been regularly performing in Russia. Named a Steinway Artist in 2001, Dr. Yanovitsky currently teaches piano at Temple University.

His wife, lyric soprano, Galina Sakhnovskya, born in Moldava, has emerged as an artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received a Master’s Degree in Vocal performance (after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Pennsylvania), Galina is a dedicated voice teacher.

She and her husband are co-founders of the Elite Music Academy located near Philadelphia. The recipient of several awards and scholarships, her repertoire encompasses a wide range and includes lieder, chamber music, oratorio and opera, sung in various languages including Russian, German, French, Italian, Czech, English and Spanish. She will sing the famous Aria from Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, accompanied by eight celli. Mikhail will perform the monumental Emperor Concerto by Beethoven and the Strings will add Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.


“Particularly striking was the sound: big without brutality, rich but always clear in focus”
– New York Times

"Yanovitsky will become one of the great piano talents of our time"
– Duluth News-Tribune

“Galina possesses a most glorious soprano voice…a great singer and performer.”
– John Shirley-Quirk, Baltimore, MD

Later Event: November 10
Second Friday Open Studio