Levine Presents 2020-21

Music of The Lord of the Rings and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Premiered Saturday, November 14, 2020

Thank you for joining us for the 2020-21 Levine Presents Performance Series, Beyond Imagined Boundaries: Merging Cultures and Modernization.

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Anna Ouspenskaya, piano
Fedor Ouspensky, violin
Igor Zubkovsky, cello

Selections from Der Ring des Nibelungen | Richard Wagner
Arranged for piano trio by Igor Zubkovsky

Siegmund’s Love Song – “Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond”, from Die Walküre (cello/piano, after Arthur Seybold)
Entry of the Gods Into Valhalla, from Das Rheingold
Fire Magic, from Die Walküre
Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, from Götterdämmerung
Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walküre

Medley from The Lord of the Rings | Howard Shore
Arranged for piano trio by Fedor Ouspensky

The Shire Theme (violin/cello, after Duo.Hansen)
The Council of Elrond – featuring Enya’s song “Aniron”
Parth Galen
The Departure of Boromir
Into the West

About the Artists

Anna Ouspenskaya, piano

Anna Ouspenskaya, a member of Levine’s piano faculty, is one of the most recognized performing artists of the Washington, D.C. area. In 1991 she made her first trip to the United States, winning Second Prize in the Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, DC. Before moving to United States Ms. Ouspenskaya worked at Dudelange Conservatory in Luxembourg, also giving performances in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Scotland.

A committed teacher, Anna holds a private studio in her home in addition to her studio at Levine. Her students have won numerous awards in local and state piano competitions.

Fedor Ouspensky, violin

Fedor Ouspensky studied at Levine from 2005-11 where he won the Cogen Concerto Competition and was the recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. He then studied at The Juilliard School with Naoko Tanaka. In 2012 and 2013 Fedor was invited by Maestro Lorin Maazel to join the first violins section in the Castleton Festival Orchestra, the youngest ever musician to hold a position in that orchestra. He has performed publicly at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center. Fedor is a devout promoter of classical music: in 2009 he became one of the founding performer-members of Arts Are For All Ages, a non-profit organization in the Washington DC area, which provided classical music concerts to retirement communities. In addition, Fedor teaches violin and coaches students for youth and school orchestra audition.

Igor Zubkovsky, cello

Igor Zubkovsky started playing cello in his native Russia. He won top prizes at international competitions, including the International Cello Competition in Minsk, Belarus (II prize), and the Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland (Grand Prix). As a member of The Brahms Trio in Moscow, he won Second Prize at the Trapani, Italy and First Prize at the Weimar, Germany International Chamber Music Competitions.

With a remarkable record of performances, awards and academic distinctions, Mr. Zubkovsky was awarded a full scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma. Since 2003, he has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and continues to perform extensively as a soloist and chamber musician.