International Chamber Music Live at Nighttown!
An Evening of 4 Handed Piano Compositions by Czech Composer Jiri Trtik with Special Guest Artist Russian Pianist Nickolay Pushkarev!
Jirí Trtík is a Czech composer and conductor. Jirí has earned his Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the studio of Keith Fitch. He has also studied composition and conducting at the Prague Conservatory. Jirí has received a number of commissions and performances from world-class performers and ensembles, such as members of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Kühn Mixed Choir, the principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra Mark Kosower, and the associate principal bassoonist of The Cleveland Orchestra Barrick Stees.
His works have been performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, United States, and Japan. Jirí has also composed music for several movies, such as “The Hunch”, “Zelená Vdova”, “Jdi dál”.
Jirí Trtík is a recipient of Second prize (First was not given) and Special Prize for The Best Czech Composition at the International Composition Competition Generace 2019 at the Janárek International Music Festival in Ostrava. He also received first-prize at the Cleveland Composers Guild Fifth Annual Collegiate Composition Competition 2018, and won the WCSMS 2018 Promising Young Composers Competition. In 2018, Jirí Trtík was honored to receive the 2018 Donald Erb Prize in Composition.
Nikolay Pushkarev was born in 1997 in Kiev, Ukraine, in the family of musicians. Since 2016, Nikolay has been studying with Prof. Sergei Babayan in the Cleveland Institute of Music, working towards his bachelor degree. Nikolay has a great practice as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. He participated in concert tours in Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra squad as a keyboard player. Solo concerts of Nikolay had successes in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Slovenia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Canada and the United States.
Nikolay was awarded at various piano competitions, including “Horowitz-Debut” (Kiev, Ukraine); “Chopin’s Golden Ring” (Ljubljana, Slovenia), International Chamber Ensemble Competition (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Karamanov International Piano Competition in Crimea and Tbilisi International Piano Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia); made appearance as a soloist at Gidon Kremer’s Kremerata Baltica Festival in Sigulda, Latvia.