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Daniel Kurganov

Daniel Kurganov, violin

Russian-American violinist Daniel Kurganov, born in Minsk, Belarus, grew up near Chicago and began his musical studies on the piano. He completed his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, studying under Rudolf Koelman, protégé of the legendary Jascha Heifetz, and additionally received vital private instruction from Ilya Kaler, Desiree Ruhstrat, Alexander Belavsky and Alla Danichkina. Kurganov is also an alumnus of the Keshet Eilon Music Center in Kibbutz Eilon, Israel, where he completed the International Mastercourse.

Sharing knowledge and ideas with students and young people has been at the forefront of Daniel’s activities. In addition to holding a private class of students, Daniel has worked with the Boston Philharmonic outreach program, bringing music performance and education to underserved communities, and has led a workshop on improvisation in the classical idiom with talented musicians in Japan. Daniel is also the creator of ARCO: a suite of innovative digital tools for violinists and violin teachers designed to enhance the way they practice, learn, teach and access resources.

Some highlights of recent seasons include solo appearances with the New Hampshire Philharmonic, performances at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, recital tours throughout Boston and Chicago, and multiple concert tours of Japan with his chamber group “Kurofune Ensemble” and with the Boston Chamber Orchestra. In Sion, Switzerland, Kurganov was invited by Shlomo Mintz and Rudolf Koelman to take part in “The Violins of Hope” project, where he had the honor of performing on a violin rescued from Auschwitz. In Boston, Kurganov performs as a member of the Essex Chamber Players.

2018 saw a new album release with pianist Constantine Finehouse on the Spice Classics label. The disc, featuring masterworks of Brahms, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and others, was met with positive reviews. Fanfare Magazine lauded Kurganov’s “smoldering intensity” and “ingratiatingly idiomatic violinistic personality. Kurganov’s and Finehouse's recital brings together a wide variety of styles, rendered with an effervescence and panache that earn it its recommendation.” ArtsFuse journal wrote “Kurganov gives a tour de force performance, superbly impassioned.”

We welcome Daniel Kurganov's first appearance in our Historical Piano Concerts.

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