Russian virtuosos serenade New Era

June 10, 2019 | Information Office

A day after NEU talents showcased their aptitude for Russian music, two prodigies from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Ivan Koshcheev and Kyrill Komarov, repaid the favor by staging a ten-piece concert at the New Era University Hall. Part and continuation of the Russia Day 2019 celebrations, the concert was organized under the guidance of the Russian Embassy, in cooperation with Eagle Broadcasting Corporation and NEU and was graced with the attendance of the Russian Ambassador, H.E. Igor Khovaev and his family, members of the NEU community, students and faculty from the INC-School, representatives from the Christian Family Organizations, and various Russian and Filipino guests.

Dr. Nilo L. Rosas, President of the University opened the program by delivering a short speech thanking the Russian diplomat for hosting the concert in NEU. Further. Dr. Rosas expounded on the importance of music as a bridge between peoples and cultures. He also reaffirmed NEU’s drive for excellence and global competence and he hoped for more engagements with institutions, not only from Russia but from all over the world.

Komarov and Koshcheev: double treat Showcasing their award-winning talents, the two sons of the Moscow State Conservatory took to the stage to perform classical pieces by renowned European composers, especially the Russian masters. Mr. Koshcheev, a baritone, sang pieces by Russian composers Mikhail Glinka and Georgy Sviridov, among others, while Mr. Komarov, a pianist, performed solo compositions of Franz Schubert, Frederic Chopin, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Thunderous applause from the audience greeted each performance as the Russians demonstrated their top form.

Complete playlist

  1. Two piano pieces by Franz Schubert, solo piano by Ivan Koshcheev.
  2. Aria Riccardo from the opera I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini, sung by Kyrill Komarov, with piano accompaniment.
  3. Impromptu by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, solo piano by Ivan Koshcheev.
  4. Romance by Mikhail Glinka and
  5. Romance by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, sung by Kyrill Komarov, with piano accompaniment.
  6. Etude by Sergei Rachmaninoff, solo piano by Ivan Koshcheev.
  7. Romance by Georgy Sviridov, sung by Kyrill Komarov, with piano accompaniment.
  8. Etude by Frederic Chopin, solo piano by Ivan Koshcheev.
  9. Two songs by Arno Babajanian and
  10. Canzone Napolitano, sung by Kyrill Komarov, with piano accompaniment.

The concert was a marvelous success as the audience was wholly captivated with every song and solo piano performance. To conclude the event, Ambassador Khovaev thanked the NEU community and the University officials for agreeing to host the event. He called for closer ties between Filipinos and Russians and emphasized the important role to be played by higher learning institutions such as NEU in forging a strong bond between the two peoples. Ambassador Khovaev also expressed his gratitude to the Iglesia Ni Cristo Administration and the NEU Community for being warm in their reception to the classical performance. All in all, it was a wonderful cap to the Russian Day celebrations which were held the day before.