Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) completed its fifth segment of retirement community outreach program, Golden Age, funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Piano duo AleAnya and violinist Mark Cheikhet visited three different retirement communities on December 1, 2015; Waterford on Huebner, Towers on Park Lane and Adante Senior Living.
Duo AleAnya and Mark Cheikhet brought their hour-long program to three retirement communities. They performed a variety of pieces including several Tchaikovsky favorites. Some of the residents were brought to tears of joy as they listened to the beautiful performance in the comfort their very own community. A special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts, and all of the participating retirement communities for making this concert series a success!
Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski (Duo AleAnya) are concert pianists with extensive concert experience as both soloists and chamber musicians who came together to share their love of piano repertory. Their programming is greatly infludenced by their cultural and educational roots. Alena was born, raised and educated in Belorussia (a former part of the Soviet Union) and Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya. Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World.
Violinist and visual artist Mark Cheikhet earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance from the Moscow Conservatory. He has performed extensively in the US, Europe and Russia as a soloist with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles. Mark is bridging the worlds of classical music tradition and avant-garde art with constantly shifting modes that elevate the listener and viewer to new levels of artistic experience. A dynamic and compelling performer with “golden sound” in traditional works he is a fervent champion of 20th and 21st century composers with repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to John Corigliano and Giovanni Sollima. The “boutique concerts” alongside his own art exhibitions take a special place in Mark’s heart as they create a unique means to express his vision of the world.