If one is asked who are the two most prominent Ukrainians in the public eye today, chances are the names of Andriy Shevchenko (former Dinamo Kyiv, AC Milan and Chelsea striker) and Valentina Lisitsa (platinum blonde pianist extraordinaire) might appear, especially if you follow football and the piano. When asked who are the two most prominent Ukrainian musicians in Singapore, they would have to be oboist Vladyslav Shevchenko and pianist Kseniia Vokhmianina, both of whom are presently students at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. (NAFA).
Their joint recital at Steinway Gallery Singapore on Saturday evening (27 April 2013) was a treat because of their maturity of musicianship and virtuosity. Let us not forget that Horowitz, Richter, Gilels and Krainev were all from the Ukraine, so it obviously has to do with the water and upbringing (let's forget about Chernobyl for the moment). Shevchenko (student of Pan Yun) is the star oboist of the NAFA Orchestra while Vokhmianina (student of Boris Kraljevic) was the 3rd Prize winner of the National Piano Competition in 2011 (not bad considering former 3rd prize winners have included Shaun Choo, Albert Lin and Keegan Ng).
|A closer view of Kseniia's hands.|
|After Debussy's Menuet from Suite Bergamasque, the duo played a delightful encore - the dreamy Capriccio by Ukrainian composer Ludmilla Shukailo.|
|Our Ukrainian virtuosi receiving their well-earned applause.|