Chamber Music Performance: Ian Maksin, Cellist
Performing rare music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Ilya Levinson, his single
“Meditations on Themes by Sting” and Bloch’s Prayer/Jewish Songs for duo celli with guest cellist, Diane Coffman
Described by critics as “Bocelli of the Cello,” cellist and composer Ian Maksin has announced his solo tour of Florida for November 2011. The concerts will take place in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart, Vero Beach and Fort Myers, and will introduce listeners to a diverse collection of pieces in different genres, bridging the gap between classical and popular music.
Besides standard repertoire such as Bach Suite for Unaccompanied cello No. 3 in C Major and Cello Suite by Gaspar Cassado, Maksin will give several Florida premieres: Sonata for Cello Solo No. 1, Op. 72 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a Polish-born, Jewish, Soviet composer, contemporary of Shostakovich; Three Pieces for Cello Solo by an award-winning Chicago composer Ilya Levinson; and finally, Maksin’s own new single, “Meditations on Themes by Sting,” a rhapsody for cello solo based on popular Sting songs such as “Fields of Gold” and “Fragile.”
Known for his intense, passionate performances, Ian Maksin is quickly gaining international acclaim as both a cellist and a composer. He recently returned from his sold-out European tour, where he captivated audiences with his unique style and his incredible range. Maksin’s performance career encompasses many musical genres: he has collaborated with artists such as Sting, Andrea Bocelli, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Beach Boys, as well as Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil. In addition to appearing as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the world and at many classical music festivals such as Ravinia, Spoleto, and the White Nights Festival in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, Maksin has also performed at Lollapalooza and on MTV.
Maksin’s mission as a performer is to deliver music to as many listeners around the globe as possible, and reach out specifically to people who have limited or no exposure to classical music, and cello in particular. “I don’t believe there is another instrument that sounds more like the human voice than the cello,” says Maksin. “I fell in love with it when I was five years old, and I have introduced the cello to thousands since then, and my goal is to make sure no one is left behind.”
For more information visit: www.ianmaksin.com
The performance is free, open to the public and held in the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. The chamber music series is sponsored by the Gallery docents.
The Gallery would like to express its sincere appreciation to Diane Coffman for developing the series.