Yevgeny Kutik, violin soloist

The Russian-American artist Yevgeny Kutik is hailed for his dazzling command of the violin and its repertoire, as well as a communicative immediacy that harkens back to the legendary Romantic masters.

Mr. Kutik’s current season is highlighted by engagements as guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Lima, Mankato, Springfield (MA) and Traverse City, as well as California’s North State Symphony.

Recent performances include guest soloist appearances with The Riverside Symphony in New York City, the Atlantic, Bozeman, East Texas, Greensboro, Juneau and Wyoming symphony orchestras, Germany’s Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and WDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble. With the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Mr. Kutik gave the 2006 world-premiere performance of Ron Ford’s Versus, receiving praise from both The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He has also returned to The Boston Pops, under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Mr. Kutik has appeared in recital in Chicago, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Montréal, Munich, Prague and Tokyo, while festival audiences have heard him at Verbier (Switzerland) and Ludwigsburg and Oberstdorf (Germany) Of special, personal significance, he participated in performances at the Krakow Opera House and Auschwitz-Birkenau for the 2012 annual International March of the Living observances.

Mr. Kutik made his debut with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops in 2003 as the 1st Prize recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He was also awarded a 2006 Salon de Virtuosi Grant as well as the 2006 Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize.

Early in 2012, Marquis Classics released Mr. Kutik’s highly acclaimed debut CD - "Sounds of Defiance," featuring the music of Shostakovich, Schnittke, Pärt and Achron, selected nine months later for inclusion as one of the best violin albums of the year in “The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.” During the same year, he was the featured soloist with the newly formed All-Star Orchestra, recording Joseph Schwantner’s Soliloquy for Violin and Orchestra - The Poet’s Hour for a national broadcast on PBS. Comprised of distinguished American orchestral musicians from across the country, and under the baton of Gerard Schwarz, the All-Star Orchestra taped eight programs in August 2012, all of which will be broadcast on PBS and then issued on DVDs by Naxos.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Mr. Kutik immigrated to the United States at the age of five. Shortly thereafter, he began violin lessons with his mother, Alla Zernitskaya, and continued with the late Zinaida Gilels. His other principal teachers have included Shirley Givens, Roman Totenberg and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Kutik holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory.

Of special note, Yevgeny Kutik continues his close association with the United Jewish
Federations of North America Speakers Bureau, annually performing throughout the United States to raise awareness and promote the assistance of refugees from around the world, a cause to which he is particularly dedicated.

Mr. Kutik’s violin was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella, one of the finest 20th Century instrument makers.  He makes his home in Boston.