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Notes from the Sea: Marsden Hartley Through Music

April 13 @ 2:30 pm 3:30 pm

Violinist Daniel Kurganov and pianist Constantine Finehouse

Join Boston-based duo Daniel Kurganov and Constantine Finehouse as they present a violin concert aimed at bridging the worlds of art and music, celebrating the life of Marsden Hartley and the dawn of modernism. This program weaves through the serene landscapes of New England, the vibrant streets of Paris, and the majestic expanse of the ocean, mirroring Hartley’s own artistic journey. Featuring the soulful melodies of Amy Beach, the nuanced whimsy of Claude Debussy, the innovative harmonies of Charles Ives, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s evocative sea whispers, Maurice Ravel’s and Ernest Bloch’s heartfelt intensity, and George Gershwin’s vibrancy, this internationally-renowned duo of musicians are sure to bring us on a delightful journey.

Violinist Daniel Kurganov has been described as a musician of “extraordinary fervor, commitment, and technical prowess” (Classics Today, 2021). Recent concert seasons have included recitals at Merkin Hall (NYC) BargeMusic (NYC), The Roerich Museum (NYC), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Musical Association, and the Harvard ArtLab. Daniel was also invited to Sion, Switzerland for the Violins of Hope project and performed on an instrument rescued from the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Formulating new approaches to learning the craft is equally at the heart of Daniel’s activities. He founded the Boston Violin Intensive, a 10-day intense training for violinists, and runs a popular YouTube channel, producing in-depth violin masterclasses for 72,000 subscribers. Additionally, Daniel does workshops and masterclasses around the world, most recently at the Boston Conservatory of Music. His music and writing are featured regularly in The STRAD magazine, and he was voted “Best of The STRAD 2021.”

Daniel was born in Minsk, Belarus, and grew up in Chicago. He completed his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) under Rudolf Koelman, protégé of Jascha Heifetz. He is also an alumnus of the Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse.

Critically-acclaimed pianist Constantine Finehouse has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including the Mozarteum (Salzburg), Miaskovsky Hall (Moscow Conservatory), Merkin Hall (NYC), Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Jordan Hall (Boston), as well as at Harvard, Yale and Emory universities, and St. Vincent’s and Elmira colleges, among others. As a renowned interpreter of works by William Bolcom, his collaboration with American violinist Philip Ficsor, The Bolcom Project, included an Albany Records 2-CD set and a national tour. Fanfare praised the recording as “indispensable to any serious collector with an interest in later 20th-century duo repertoire for violin and piano.” His most recent album with cellist Sebastian Bäverstam features works by Brahms and Shostakovich.

With degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale, Finehouse teaches at New England Conservatory and serves as Visiting Artist/Faculty at Westmont College, CA.

In 2023, the Kurganov-Finehouse duo released a unique recording of the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas (Hänssler Classics), pairing a 1706 Guarneri violin with original 19th-c pianos in partnership with Reuning & Son Violins and the Frederick Piano Collection.

Cost: $20; $18 for members; students 17 and over $10 ; children 16 and younger are free. Admission to the museum included in the ticket cost. Doors open 30 minutes before the event; seats unclaimed five minutes before the program begins will be released.

There is a pre-concert gallery talk at 2 pm led by Phyllis Wyeth Director of Learning and Engagement Gwendolyn Loomis Smith. The talk is free with a concert ticket purchase; space for the talk is extremely limited, and early registration is recommended.

Support provided by Art Bridges.

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