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Passport to Russia series presents the ESO’s Nazar Dzhuryn and Irina Feoktistova Nov 13, 2pm at Gail Borden Library

Nov 07, 2016 11:10AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Nazar Dzhuryn, ESO assistant principal cellist, and pianist Irina Feoktistova will present a free program of Russian music for cello and piano at the Gail Borden Public Library, Sunday, November 13 at 2 pm. The program, part of the Library’s and the ESO’s Passport to Russia series, includes movements from Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich sonatas, Pezzo Capriccioso by Tchaikovsky, and Tarantella, Minuet and Finale from Stravinsky’s Italienne Suite. Register for the free concert at For more information about the ESO, visit ElginSymphony.Org.

Learn how to say “Hello” in Russian, experience a Russian tea party, enjoy the music of Russian composers, and more at Passport to Russia, fun and informative programs exploring Russian culture presented by the Gail Borden Public Library, The Elgin History Museum and others, all designed to enhance your enjoyment at Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) concerts during their 2016-17 season. The ESO is presenting a Russian composer on each of their Classic Series concerts, which include works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and more. Program participants must note their attendance at a class/event on a “Passport” available online at, and at Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts. Anyone who attends six (6) programs, which may include two (2) ESO concerts, will be invited to a reception, backstage tour and open rehearsal at the Hemmens Cultural Center on Friday, May 5, 2017. One grand prize winner and guest will have a special lunch with ESO Music Director Andrew Grams. For more information, visit ElginSymphony.Org or

Nazar Dzhuryn, is a native of Lviv, Ukraine. He began his cello studies at the age of six and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Lviv Music School under Mr. Evgeny Shpitzer. His Master of Music degree under Professor Igor Gavrysh is from the Moscow State Conservatory. Upon graduation, he spent two (2) years at the Moscow State Conservatory as an Assistant Professor of Cello.

Nazar Dzhuryn was the principal cellist of the Moscow Conservatory Symphony and the Moscow State Symphony “Young Russia”. He performed in numerous solo recitals throughout Russia, Ukraine, South America, Africa and the United States and was a soloist with the Moscow Conservatory Symphony, the Moscow State Symphony, and the Lviv Philharmonia Symphony. His Festival participation has been with the Rostropovich Festival in Evian, France, the Boulder Festival, Colorado and the Woodstock Mozart Festival, Illinois. An active chamber musician and orchestral player, Mr. Dzhuryn has appeared in concert with many classical music legends: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Georg Solti, Boris Pergamenchikov, Hellmunt Rilling, Mark Peskanov, Rachel Barton Pine, Cyrus Forough and James Galway.

When he arrived in the United States, Mr. Dzhuryn concluded his studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University under full scholarship. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Chicago Cello Society.  Currently he is a member of the music faculty at Elgin Community College and the Naperville School for the Performing Arts. He also serves as principal cellist of the Woodstock Mozart Festival.

Irina Feoktistova graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Russia. A classically trained pianist, she has performed in the major halls of St. Petersburg, Russia, and toured Europe and the United States as a soloist, duo pianist, and accompanist. In 1995, as a part of a piano duo, she participated in the Park Lane Group auditions and was chosen from 260 participants to perform at the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall, one of the best in London. The piano duo Jana Polianovskaja/Irina Feoktistova won third prize at The First International Competition of Contemporary Music Interpretation in Weimar, Germany (1996). In 1997 she gave series of concerts as a piano soloist with The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, conductor Mr. Robert Groslot. Also that year she participated in The Ninth International New Music Festival titled Sound Ways as a piano duo and recorded her first CD. Ms. Feoktistova relocated to the United States in 1998, and since then she has performed extensively in Chicagoland area and worked as a free-lance musician at the Roosevelt, Loyola, Northwestern, and DePaul universities. She has been involved in numerous musical theatre productions as an accompanist and music director. She is also active in various projects performing Russian and American contemporary music. Her USA tours include series of concerts with Russian singer and composer Elena Antonenko. On June 12th, 2008 Irina made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist and an accompanist with Russian singers Vladimir Galuzine, Methodie Bujor and Natalia Timchenko for The Russia Day concert (N.Y., USA).

Now in its 66th season, the ESO offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016. The ESO works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available.  Area student musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique.  Pre-concert chats are given by Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before most performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at the Elgin Public House.  In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO concert weekends on Wednesdays at 1 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for purchase so that you can choose your concerts at a later date based on your own schedule. And if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a $5 fee. The ESO is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs.  For more information, see ElginSymphony.Org.