Violinist Julia Fischer and pianist Milana Chernyavska to perform together April 8

March 23, 2007

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - On Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m., German violinist Julia Fischer and Ukrainian pianist Milana Chernyavska will perform together in the Concert Hall in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts, located on South Main Street (Route 30). The concert will feature selections for violin and piano from Schubert, Debussy, Bach and Mendelssohn.

Violinist Julia Fischer

Fischer won Germany's ECHO Award in 2005 for her recording of Russian concertos by Khachaturian, Prokofiev and Glazounov. Fischer records exclusively for PentaTone Records, and her 2006 release of Mozart concertos was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine, which also chose Fischer in 2006 as "Best Newcomer of the Year." Gramophone Magazine featured Fischer on the front cover of their July 2006 issue as one of the major emerging artists to watch.

The 2006-2007 season marks Fischer's North America debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and National Symphony in Washington, D.C.  She returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. When not performing, Fischer, who makes her home in Munich, is a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

A reviewer for the Sunday Times of London wrote of Fischer, "It is astonishing violin playing by any standards."

Pianist Milana Chernyavska

Chernyavska was born in Kiev in the Ukraine. She began piano lessons at the age of five, before entering the School for Gifted Children at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At seven, she performed her first concert in the Philharmonic Hall in Kiev and went on to win the first international chamber music competition, Concertino Praga, at twelve. In 1990, Chernyavska graduated with distinction from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. She continued her studies at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich.

Her artistic abilities have been recognized with awards at both national and international levels, including a Gold Medal at the Vladimir and Regina Horowitz Competition in 1994. She has held the title "Outstanding Artist in the Ukraine" since 1994.
Chernyavska has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Munich Chamber and Ukrainian National Symphonic Orchestras.

She has recorded performances for numerous radio broadcasts, including the BBC, Radio France and the National Ukrainian Radio. She has produced solo and chamber music recordings for EMI, Naxos, Claves Records, Avie Records and Ars Musici. With EMI, she produced a recording that was selected as one of the best of 2001 by the BBC Music Magazine.

She has performed in venues around the world, including Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Herkulessaal in Munich, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Moscow Conservatory, the St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall, and Santory Hall in Tokyo. Concert tours have included most European countries, Canada, the United States and Japan, and she has been invited to numerous international festivals.

Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson said, "Last season, when Julia Fisher played at Middlebury, both her violin and her program were new. The cellist with whom she was to play didn't get his visa in time, and so a few days before her scheduled recital here, she calmly devised a duo program she and Milana could play instead. Their performance at Middlebury was sensation and earned a standing ovation after every piece. Her new violin, a Guadagnini, was a marvel to hear in her hands, different from and superior to the Stradivarius she had previously played."

The concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Reserved seating tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors. For tickets, call the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433. Online tickets and information are available at