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Hosted & Produced Renown Cellist Ruslan Biryukov
And Renown Maestro/Conductor Frank Fetta
Thursdays 1 PM Pacific
– “An astonishing young cellist Ruslan Biryukov. The audience gave the concert a standing ovation. If the first concert is any consideration, I would get my tickets early!” – Wendy Kikkert, Beverly Hills Outlook
– “To say the performance was incredible would not do it justice.” – Jose Ruiz, Review Plays
“Ruslan is an extraordinary; one of a kind performer. He has everything: technique, virtuosity, personality, communication, attractive and articulate presence, a great human story and background!” “He will be a big WINNER!” – Peter Mark, Artistic Director, Virginia Opera
– “Ruslan is a charismatic performer who brings the audiences to their feet. His artistry is both sensitive and passionate and his technical command of the instrument is stunning.” – Eleonore Schoenfeld, Piatigorsky Chair, Thornton School of Music
Cellist Ruslan Biryukov (Руслан Бирюков), known for his “superb artistry, passion and individuality,” represents a new generation of creative professional musicians whose artistic level is recognized not only by awards, but also by a worldwide audience. Mr. Biryukov has performed throughout the world, including countries in the former USSR, Europe, and United States. He was the only cellist ever invited to perform for 10 consecutive years solo recitals at the Sundays Live Concert Series in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the longest running live radio broadcasted concert series in the United States, as well as the only Russian cellist invited to solo with orchestra during the inaugural season of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Memorable chamber music experience includes performances with world renowned violinist Midori at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles, cellist Kirill Rodin at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, and members of the Ysaye Quartet.
Ruslan Biryukov has been a master teacher in music festivals in Europe and Russia. He has held teaching positions at the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music in Moscow, Russia and the Music Academy in Lovran, Croatia. His creative artistic ideas are based upon the tradition he learned from esteemed artists Kirill Rodin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran, Natalia Gutman, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, and Eleonore Schoenfeld.
Mr. Biryukov received his formal music education at Baku Music Academy in Azerbaijan, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in Russia, and the USC Thornton School of Music. He first earned international recognition by winning major awards in Azerbaijan and by the inclusion of his name in the Gold Book of Russia’s international program “New Names”. Biryukov has gone on to win numerous other awards worldwide, including the 17th Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition.
Founder of the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of Positive Motions Concert Series in Los Angeles, heralded as a charismatic performer who captivates the attention of his audiences, Ruslan Biryukov is a much sought-after young musician who is committed to a lifetime of music making by sharing the art of music with worldwide audiences from all walks of life.
Since 2003 Mr. Biryukov resides in Los Angeles, California. He was awarded permanent residency from the U.S. government as an “Extraordinary Ability Artist”. The title means that he has “sustained national or international acclaim and the achievements have been recognized” in his field, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Additionally, Mr. Biryukov is the only Russian cellist granted American Private Pilot license and enjoys flying airplanes as a hobby.
Maestro Frank Fetta has been the conductor and artistic advisor of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival since 1985. He is also the music director/conductor for the Culver City Symphony and the Torrance Symphony. In addition, he holds the same position with the Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony, which is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles. Fetta is also the principal conductor of the Nevada Opera Theatre.
In June of last year, Fetta conducted the Culver City Symphony in the world premiere of Sinfonia Concertante by Damian Montano, featuring the Calico Winds. Last summer, he conducted another world premiere, Pacific West, by Sir John Dankworth, when Sir John and Dame Cleo Lane appeared with Fetta’s Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony. Maestro Fetta also continues in his position as the conductor for the prestigious Zachary Foundation International Vocal Competition.
As a conductor, Fetta has collaborated with the Riverside Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, Sinfonia Mexicana, Inland Dance Theatre; Fresno Ballet, Symphony and Opera; the Pasadena Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, Opera A la Carte, the Toledo Opera, and the San Diego Symphony. Among the fine artists he has conducted are Julian Lloyd Webber, Judy Collins, Louis Lebherz, Suzanna Guzman, Eugene Fodor, Leila Josefowicz, Diane Schuur, Daniel Rodriguez, Lorna Luft, Vicki Carr, and Eduardo Villa.
Growing up in New Jersey, Fetta’s early passion for music led him to the piano and organ. He still coaches, accompanies, and guides the careers of vocalists and instrumentalists, and serves as organist at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades. Recently he has happily achieved the new title of “grandpa.” Maestro Fetta lives in Los Angeles with his artist/inventor wife, Susan. Their son, Raphael, is an actor living in New York City.