Russian Piano Virtuosa Featured in Oct. 14 Sundays at Three Program


by News Bureau on Monday, Oct. 01, 2012


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 1, 2012 — Brandon Christensen, artistic director of Chamber Music Sundays at Three, is hosting a special concert with critically acclaimed Russian piano virtuosa Valentina Igoshina Oct. 14 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $25.

This concert is made possible through the generosity of the Daniel C. and Marilyn J. Glore Charitable Foundation in conjunction with the Arnold Food Pantry.

This concert formally launches the next phase of excellence at the River Campus as it embarks on a new initiative to replace many aging musical instruments. Funds raised Oct. 14 will be dedicated to securing one new classroom piano.

“Your support will benefit our students today and for many years to come,” Christensen said.

Featured pianist Igoshina was born in the City of Bryansk, Bryansk Oblast, in what is now the Russian Federation in 1978. She began taking piano lessons from her mother at a very early age, and her mother realized she had an immense budding talent for the piano.

When Igoshina was 11, she was observed by the noted Russian pianist and piano teacher, Larissa Dedova, who encouraged the Igoshina family to allow Igoshina to travel to Moscow and enroll in special music programs in the capital city. Dedova taught Igoshina at the Moscow Central School of Music. Igoshina continued her music education at the Moscow Conservatory with Sergei Dorensky, a gentleman well-known in European music circles.

When she was just 14, Igoshina travelled to Poland to participate in the Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition and took first prize. She continued to mature as a pianist, and at age 18, she entered the renowned worldwide Rachmaninov Piano Competition held in Moscow (1997) and won first prize and a special award.

Following this, she began to appear in concerts and recitals worldwide. She appeared in recital in Switzerland, the Republic of Macedonia, France, Italy, Great Britain and Portugal. In 2002, Igoshina entered and won first prize in the Concorso Internazionale Pianistico “Premio Guilano Pecar” piano competition in Italy. She was a laureate (finalist) in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2003, and took second prize in both the Atlanta Competition in 2002 and the Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition in Spain in 2006.

Igoshina has appeared as a soloist on many of the grand concert stages of the world. She performed with the Melbourne Symphony and with Stenz at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. On several occasions, she has appeared with the Halle Orchestra, Manchester. She has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as the guest conductor, and with the BBC Scottish Symphony in Aberdeen. On two occasions she has appeared with the Orquesta Filarmonic de Santiago in Chile.

Other appearances have been with the Barcelona Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Sao Paulo in Brazil, the Orchestra Sinfonica de Tenerife, Spain, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra , in Moscow with Alexander Vedernikov of the Bolshoi Theatre conducting, and the Cracow (Krakow) Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared with the Macao Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, in Dusseldorf with the Deutsche Kammerakademie, the St. Louis Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Japan, and Wuhan, China.

In recital, Igoshina has performed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Great Britain and Spain. Video clips of Igoshina playing the piano have received more than eight million views on “YouTube.” A video clip in which Igoshina is playing Chopin’s “Fantasie Impromptu” has received about four million views alone. She has made several recordings which have been produced and distributed by her recording label, Warner Classics and Jazz.

Additionally, she is working with music producers to record some works of Dohnanyi. She recently appeared in York, Pa., with the York Symphony and currently is in a Missouri recital tour. Over the past two months, she has performed again in Tokyo with the Japan Philharmonic; in Gdansk with the Polish Baltic Symphony; and in recitals at Epinal, France, and at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. While not performing at recitals or in concerts, Igoshina spends most of her time at her home near Giverny, France, in Haute-Normandie, but makes frequent trips to Russia where her parents still reside. Married, she has a two-year old daughter, Alice Victoria Madeleine.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at