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Yevgeny Kutik, violin
Yevgeny Kutik, violin

Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss


Sonata No. 1


Waltz from Cinderella
Sonata No. 2 in D Major


Romance in E-flat Major, Op. 44, No. 1 (arr. Wieniawski)


Litania (commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)


Cadenza for the Once Young (commissioned by Washington Performing Arts)


Performance Information

“Dark-hued tone and razor sharp technique” – New York Times

Distinguished Belarusian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik performs Russian miniature works drawn from a single suitcase of sheet music that his family brought to the United States when they emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1990. A onetime pupil of Roman Totenberg, Kutik has distinguished himself as an artist who combines consummate artistry with intellectual rigor and a commitment to representing stories of the displaced. His “evocative” recordings (New York Times) have garnered widespread critical recognition (including a spot on the Boston Globe’s “Best of 2016” list) and popular support—including a #5 ranking on the Billboard classical chart.

Paired with Kutik's Music from the Suitcase selections (music by STRAVINSKY, PROKOFIEV, SHOSTAKOVICH) are D.C. premieres of two pieces by GITY RAZAZ and ANDREIA PINTO CORREIA from Kutik's new Meditations on Family album, both commissioned by Washington Performing Arts. Meditations on Family, out on March 22, features new music by eight diverse composers, each writing in response to one of their own family photos—an exploration of home, family, and belonging.

Linger Longer: Following the concert, join us for a talkback with Kutik and NPR’s Nina Totenberg, who has followed Kutik’s career since his student days under her father’s tutelage.