Russian virtuosos perform on French horn, piano

The Southern Oregon University music department will present guest artist Gleb Karpushkin on the French horn. Professor of music Alexander Tutunov will accompany Karpushkin, in addition to playing solo works on the piano. The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Karpushkin is one of a few performers presenting French horn as a solo instrument. After graduating from the U.S.S.R. Music School specializing in wind instruments and the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, Karpushkin entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1985, to study with A. Demin and I. Lifanovsky.

In 1988, he won first prize at the All-Soviet Union Brass Competition. He has worked with several of Russia's leading orchestras, including the Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and the Russian State Orchestra. Currently, he is the soloist with the New Russia Orchestra under the direction of Y. Bashmet.

In January 2004, Karpushkin toured the U.S. with solo recitals and master classes. After his performance of the Horn Concerto by R. Gliere, a reviewer from "Music and Time" wrote, "Gleb

Karpushkin charmed everyone with his musicality, refined lyricism and brilliant command of the instrument." Karpushkin's passion for the instrument and a desire to broaden the repertoire keep him looking for more compositions, sometimes beyond traditional technical and expressive limitations of the horn.

Tutunov is another virtuoso of the former Soviet Union. His playing was described by Soviet Culture in Moscow as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent." A native of Belarus, Tutunov entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 7 — one of three chosen out of 200 applicants to study with Lev Naumov and Victor Merzhanov. He graduated magna cum laude.

Tutunov has performed widely in the former Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, China, Mexico and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. Tutunov is presently under contract with Altarus Records to record the complete solo piano works of Lev Abeliovich. He also has recorded on AUR, Bravissimo, and Albany Records labels

Currently director of keyboard studies and artist-in-residence at SOU, Tutunov is the artist-in-residence at the University of Alaska Southeast and artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute. He continues to perform as a recitalist and orchestral soloist.

Tickets are $15 general admission. Students are admitted free. Tickets and season passes are available by calling 552-6101 or by visiting the music box office before the performance. See

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