Highly concentrated piano writing, that encompasses music of vibrant eloquence, subtle harmonies and rhythms, performed with extraordinary taste and breathtaking professionalism . Deeply romantic tradition of lyrical miniatures, expressed by language of 21-century American-Russian composer from New York. Here is a second piano album of V. Shinov [first-Landscapes of the soul] This CD-is for those listeners,who appreciate music as a metaphor for the most important expressions in our life; who value a philosophy in art... The composer invites the listeners to a journey through the world 'to be seen.. to reach the world 'to be blessed'. Eternal world of Japanese wisdom... More than a 1000-years tradition of haiku writing has found a new media-instrumental miniature for piano 4 -hands...Listen to the 13 haikus-aphorisms [ cycle 'HEART OF WAYFARING'] ...,this tiny pieces have incredible power: more you listen them, more and more you are filled with this transcendent beauty. This is a power and wisdom of ZEN!!! Immerse yourself in the thrilling interpretation of this music [piano duo of Marina Porchkhidze & Vladimir Shinov ] and you will find an imagined world where pine needle has equal importance with clear cascades of waterfall... Besides 'haiku pieces', V. Shinov's new compositions encompasses elegiac motives, where ' NEW YORK, 09. 11.01 is centered as ' memorial piece-chorale' in cycle '8 ELEGIAC PIECES ' [performed by M. Porchkhidze]; listen to humorous and a little ' piccassovian' cycle of 6 bagatelles mini ballet-pantomime ' LITTLE CHAPLINIANE '[performed by M.Porchkhidze & V.Shinov] ...and finally 'FOUR SKETCHES: HOMAGES TO RUSSIAN PAINTERS', dedicated to Russian painters of ' World of art ' circle [performed by M. Porchkhidze ]. In June 2002 V. Shinov's ballet 'Sketches ',based on his piano music has performed with great success in Miami, Florida, and later in New York city by Elisabeth Higgins Dance Theater. In June 2003 all the pieces from this CD were performed by piano duo in New York, at the Theater at St.Clement Episcopal Church, and in Russia, in recitals, dedicated of 300-years anniversaries of Sanct Petersburg and Petrozavodsk. In January 2004 M.Porchkhidze & V. Shinov will celebrate their 22-years as a piano duo by presenting a recital at Carnegie Hall in New York city, in which they will perform a major portion of V. Shinov's compositions. V. Shinov is in great demand as pianist-accompanist at the Juilliard School of music in New York city,where he is working since 1994 [ dance division]. Piano album ' Heart of Wayfaring '[ sheet music ] is also available for purchasing at music stores in New York- at the Juilliard School book store, and also directly from author: phone 112
586-5716. ' Keep listening to this CD over and over. Great job...' Father Oleg priest St.peter and Paul ' The music and it's interpretation by piano duet moves my soul and leaves me with feeling of hope. Deeply symbolic art.' S.Pilnikov Historian, politican, Russia '...It is a music of a great heart. I think he is one of the most gifted composers in Russia today... Eduard Patlayenko (professor of composition,Sanct-Petersburg Conservatory, Petrozavodsk Branch, Russia, composer) '... '...It was fantastic to collaborate with such an artist as Mr.Shinov...' Luidgi Repetto ('La Scala' theater, Milan, Italy) '...You give me every day a beautiful feeling. Your music is magnificent... Thank you for your passion and spirit. God bless you every day of your life...' Hector Zaraspe (private teacher of Rudolf Nuriev and Margo Fonteyn,professor of dance at the Julliard School, NYC) Marina Porchkhidze and Vladimir Shinov family team/musicians have gained recognition as pianists of uncommon versatility and imagination. They are multi-faceted artists, whose activities for about 25 years have included performing, teaching, lecturing, composing, musicological studies and poetry writing. They are alumnies of the Leningrad (St.Petersburg) State Conservatory Petrozavodsk branch (Republic of Karelia, Russia). Vladimir holds M.A. in composition and music education. Marina holds M.A. in piano performance and music education. Among their teachers were such celebrities as Nathan Perelman and Oleg Malov (piano), Josef Cohn (theory), and Eduard Patlayenko (composition). After graduation musicians lived in Karelia, republic in northern Russia near Finland, had magnetic impact on many artists-Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Roerich among many others... Throughout their careers they have performed as soloists, in chamber music and, as piano duo all over the world. In their homeland, Karelia, Vladimir and Marina were the first duet pianists, who have popularized this media. Together they have appeared on several radio and television programs. Marina and Vladimir piano duet has been awarded for their outstanding performances by Russian Composers Union, 'Melody'(most prominent Russian recording firm), and Karelian State Music Forum, among many others. Musicians have been recognized as 'top-quality artists, whose performances are always highly appreciated by audiences and by professionals' 'Music and Life'-magazine During two decades (1980-2002) they have performed in more than 240 recitals and gave dozens of Master Classes. 3 documental films, dedicated to the family team/musicians -'Pianist & Composer', 'To compose an Opera', 'Romance about Two'- have been released in Russia. Porchkhidze-Shinov duo is extremely active in arts education. Teaching has remained for many years very special aspect of their creativity... Upon graduation they were appointed to the piano faculty of the Petrozavodsk College of Arts, a post lasting nearly 10 years, where they produced number of students who have gone on to professional careers. Marina and Vladimir also were the founders of one of the first private music school in Karelia. They taught children piano, music theory and literature, and directed students in writing and performing their own piano music and mini-operas. 2 operas, written by 8-11 years old students of Vladimir and Marina have been performed in Kostamuksha at the International Festival. Last 5 years in Karelia (1988-1993), family team have worked as hosts (president and vice-president) of Karelian Music Society. They have developed programs for young audiences, thus opened new perspectives for Art Education in their homeland. Vladimir Shinov has produced cantatas, symphonic and vocal-symphonic, chamber-instrumental, vocal and theatrical compositions that were performed by leading soloists, ensembles and orchestras around the world. 'The Kantele Birth', cantata for mixed chorus, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the 1st edition of the 'Kalevala' (the great Finnish-Karelian epic) was awarded the First Prize at the Russian composers competition in 1984. His compositions were published in St.Petersburg publishing house (Russia). Since 1993 Ms.Porchkhidze and Mr.Shinov have been living in New York city, where in 1994 they established the piano studio (where more than 40 students study piano, theory and composition). The husband and wife team continues to pursue an active performing career in USA as well, and most recently they have performed at the Julliard School, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Riverside Church Theater and many other concert halls throughout the USA as well as in Russia, Finland, France, and Germany. Presently Vladimir Shinov is working as a pianist-composer for leading dance companies such as The Julliard School, American Ballet Theater... V.Shinov is a member of BMI (Broadcasting Music Inc.), New York. Number of outstanding choreographers from all over the world have been using Vladimir Shinov's music.