Skovorodnikov / piano
performance of the “Wanderer” Fantasia by Schubert hypnotized
us…Mr. Skovorodnikov’s powerful inspiration and sovereign
technique allowed him to create perfection and beauty of the
real sound image” “ Musica e Scuola”, Italy
"... Eugene captured attention of the audience with his
perfect mastery and polished sense of style, full of life
and romanticism... he played with the power and colours of
symphony orchestra, with fluent and flawless virtuosity",
"Nevsky Times", Russia
" ...Skovorodnikov returned to Rome after a three year
absence, but his long awaiting fan audience was treated to
an absolutely outstanding performance; this level of artistic
quality has been rarely heard in the past few musical seasons
in Rome..." "Musica e Scuola", Italy
Audiences throughout Europe, Canada, U.S., Asia and former
Soviet Union recognize Eugene Skovorodnikov for his stylistic
interpretation and his technical brilliance. He is a prize
winner of "N.Lisenko" National Piano Competition
(Ukraine) and "Citta di Vibo Valentia" Piano International
Eugene Skovorodnikov took his post-graduate course at the
St. Petersburg conservatory (Russia) where he remained teaching
until 1990 when he left the country.In 2006 he was awarded
an Honourary Doctorate in Musical Arts by Kharkov State University
of Arts, Ukraine for his achievements in performance and teaching.
“ Extraordinary performance…represented all the impressive
characteristics of the Grand School…incomparable elegance
and enchanting power…” “ Il Ponte”, Italy, 1998
He was invited to perform in famous concert halls of the world
such as St.Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg, Russia),
Chan Centre for Performing Arts(Vancouver, Canada), Theatre
Bibiena (Mantova, Italy), Grand Theatre (Shenzhen, China),
Xinghai Concert Hall (Guangzhou, China), Centre for the Performing
Arts (Kfar-Saba, Israel), Ghione Theatre (Rome, Italy).
Eugene Skovorodnikov is concertizing extensively as solo pianist,
chamber performer with Italian virtuoso flautist Stefano Maffizzoni;
Russian-French violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky; Lee Duckles,
Principal Cello of Vancouver Symphony, and many others ),
and with symphony orchestras.
He was invited and reinvited to perform with such symphony
orchestras as " Simfonia", "West Coast Symphony"
(Canada), Kharkov Philharmonic, L'vov Philharmonic, Donetsk
Philharmonic (Ukraine), Irkutsk Chamber Orchestra, St.Petersburg
Philharmonic (Russia), and many others.
“ …Eugene Skovorodnikov played brilliantly. Unique virtuosity
and beauty of tone were submitted to the spiritual criteria
of interpretation. Concerto #1 by D.Shostakovich became a
genuine revelation for the audience…” " Russian Youth”,
" ... The duo of virtuoso performers demonstrated unique
blend of the brilliant technique and refined musicianship..."
"Strumenti e Musica", Italy, 2002
Eugene Skovorodnikov was invited as a member of the juries
to many piano international competitions. Such as "Rome
1997", "Rome 2002", "S.Rachmaninov"
in Morcone (Italy), "16th Rina Sala Gallo Piano International
Competition" in Monza (Italy), "1st Benjamino Cesi
Piano International Competition" (Italy)
He is frequently invited to perform and give masterclasses
at the international festivals such as " Summit Music
Festival " in New York, International Music Academy in
St.Petersburg (Russia), Masters de Pontlevoy (France).
Since 1991, Eugene Skovorodnikov has been teaching with the
piano faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
in Vancouver, Canada. Many of his students became winners
of national and international competitions.
Anna Vavilova / piano
Born in Latvia, Anna Vavilova studied in Latvian Musical
College where she won numerous awards for her excellence in
piano playing. She was featured on Russian National TV as
a grand prize winner in a “Crystal Shoe” music competition
in 1996. Since coming to Canada in 1997, Anna graduated from
Kwantlen University College ( prof. Jane Hayes) and University
of British Columbia with M. Mus. in Piano Performance (prof.
Kum Sing Lee, Dr. Sara Davis – Buechner, Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic).
Ms. Vavilova has taken masterclasses from world renowned
musicians: E. Skovorodnikov (Canada),V. Monastyrski (Israel),
A. Brussilovsky (France), and attended piano summer festivals
in US, France and Russia. In 2002 Anna appeared with Vancouver
Island Symphony (Marlin Wolfe, conductor). In 2005 Anna Vavilova
was a finalist at Pacific Spotlight Competition on CBC Radio
Two, and has been awarded Vancouver Foundation Scholarship
(2005) and BC Arts Council Scholarship (2006) to continue
her Graduate Studies.
Being a frequent performer in Vancouver and Lower Mainland
as a soloist and a collaborative artist Ms. Vavilova also
run‘s a monthly column in a magazine “Kaleidoskope“ devoted
to music, as well as host a monthly radio show “Music Encore“
on CITR 101.9 FM. At the same time Anna Vavilova is a founding
director and a vice-president of Music Encore Concert Society,
which co-hosts “Encore Concert Series” and "Richmond
Lecture-Recitals Series" featuring international and
local classical musicians. Anna is also a piano teacher in
demand, since her students are the top prize winners in festivals