Russian Foreigner-Ignat Solzhenitsyn

He is one of the most gifted and top-ranked pianists and conductors of his time. He is the honorary conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Professor of Curtis Institute of Music, winner of the prestigious award Avery Fisher. His name is Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

 Ignat Solzhenitsyn was born in the family of educated person and talented Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Parents give their sons a great home education. They taught the Russian language, mathematics, physics, astronomy, Russian history. Ignat is the only one of the brothers interested in music making. From early childhood he was keen on music. When Ignat turned six years old, his family was forced to emigrate from Russia and the next 18 years they lived in remote rural areas of Vermont (USA).

 Mstislav Rostropovich was the family friend, who arranged for piano lessons with the eminent pianist Rudolf Serkin, who played in the orchestra of Arturo Toscanini.

Ignat was greatly by Dmitri Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, which he had heard in 11 years. At that time, he conceived a dream to be a conductor.

 At age 14, Ignat decides to go to London to study with the legendary pedagogue Maria Curcio. It was she, who advised him to pay more attention to conducting. Relocation has not been easy; he suffered a difficult separation from his family. In London, he went to all kinds of concerts. Another upheaval was Brahms's First Symphony in the performance of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Karajan.

After returning from England, Ignat entered into one of the most prestigious conservatories - Philadelphia Curtis Institute of Music. He studied in two departments  as conductor and pianist.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn did not return to Russia. He lives in New York with his wife and three children. He gives concerts around the world, but always tries to find a way to come on tour in Russia.

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