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International Chamber Soloists Biography

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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International Chamber Soloists is a unique group of extraordinary young string players from all over the world. Founded in 2004 by violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, the group has received high praise for its performances at home and abroad.  This season, the Toronto Globe & Mail wrote: “In the best of today’s chamber orchestras, there’s no room for wimpy playing: These ensembles are muscular, agile, flexible and out to make an impression. That’s a pretty good description of the International Chamber Soloists — These musicians approach everything they play with an infectious alacrity…”

Such praise is born of the dedicated leadership of the multi-award-winning Berlinsky, who has hand-picked the group’s members for their talents as soloists as well as for their gifts as ensemble musicians. International Chamber Soloists has performed widely throughout the United States, including appearances for major series in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Among other engagements, the group gave a ten-concert tour in the mid-western United States and made its Canadian debut tour this season. In addition to its participation in international festivals in Costa Rica and Mexico, the International Chamber Soloists was orchestra-in-residence at the 2010 Southampton Arts Festival on New York’s Long Island.

International Chamber Soloists members also perform with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, and the best of the young artists from the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute, and Yale University have also toured with the group.

Dmitri Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini’s own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition, the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition, led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.

Mr. Berlinsky has performed literally the world over, and has appeared in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Since arriving in the U.S. as the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Dmitri Berlinsky has performed in nearly every state, and he has enjoyed acclaim for his appearances at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Prague Spring, Aspen, Newport and many, many others.

A frequent guest soloist, he appeared with the Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, New York Chamber Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, I Musici de Montréal and the Prague Chamber Orchestra among many others. In addition to his busy performance schedule as leader and violin soloist with the International Chamber Soloists, recent engagements include concerto performances with the St. Petersburg Symphony, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, and a European tour with the Chamber Philharmonic of St. Petersburg.

Born in St. Petersburg, Dmitri Berlinsky appeared at a very early age as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children and later attended the Moscow Conservatory. After graduation he was invited to work with famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School.

Mr. Berlinsky’s CDs “Live at Waterloo” (Pavane) and “Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher” (Helicon) have won critical acclaim, and his performances are featured in the Emmy-Award documentary “Life on Jupiter” and in “New York Canvas”.

Dmitri Berlinsky is Artist Teacher and Professor at the College of Music of the Michigan State University.

International Chamber Soloists Program

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Season Listing | Program | Biography

International Chamber Soloists
Dmitri Berlinsky- Music Director and Violin soloist

Brown County Civic Music Association
West High School, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Saturday November 2, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041

Allegro moderato
Allegro assai

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
“Winter” from “The Four Seasons,” Op. 8

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
“Summer” from “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”


Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Suite in the Old Style


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and String Orchestra

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
La Campanella

Reminder for 2014‘s First Concert!

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

2:00 p.m. matineeOur first performance in 2014 is on March 9, 2014, and is a 2:00 p.m matinee concert. Come and enjoy the New Century Saxophone Quartet playing music from Baroque to innovative contemporary to imaginative transcriptions.

Post-Concert Reception

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Titletown Brewing Company Logo

Please join us at the reception for concertgoers following the International Chamber Soloists (Sat., Nov. 2, 2013) concert at Titletown Brewing Company, 200 Dousman St, Green Bay, WI (Map). Enjoy complimentary appetizers while visiting with friends and musicians.

Warren Gerds – Critic at Large Review: Chanticleer is met with cheers, then earns them

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Don’t miss Warren Gerds – Critic at Large 5-star review of Civic Music’s October 4 Chanticleer concert. The review was published the morning after the concert.

Without having sung a note, the vocal group Chanticleer was cheered Friday night as the 12 men walked out on stage at Ralph Holter Auditorium of Green Bay West High School. The cheers were a rarity for a formal concert and certainly for the host Brown County Civic Music Association. It’s a great way to kick start performers. The effect that has on the group, in my imagination: “Whoa, the crowd is ready. We’re liked. Let’s roll.”

And roll Chanticleer did in an exquisite concert (5 stars out of 5) steeped in precision and finesse….

Read the complete review available on WBAY’s We Are Green Bay site.

Clarinet Lamp Raffle Winner

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Clarinet Lamp for Raffle

Congratulations to Steve Bodnar, winner of a beautiful clarinet lamp! The lamp raffle was held to raise funds for the Brown County Civic Music Association at the Chanticleer concert on Fri, Oct. 4. Steve’s name was drawn at the end of intermission.

This stunning clarinet lamp was donated to Civic Music by Gary Wieseckel. Gary, a Civic Music board member, volunteer, and lover of music created this beautiful lamp fashioned with a real instrument. Thanks to Gary for donating the lamp and to all who purchased tickets in support of the Brown County Civic Music Association.


Friday, October 4th, 2013

Season Listing | Biography | Program | Program Notes

Photo: Members of men's vocal group, Chanticleer


An orchestra of voices! Civic Music opens its new season with a Grammy Award-winning group described as “ America’s Favorite Choral Ensemble” by The New Yorker. From its hometown of San Francisco to the great cathedrals of Europe, from New York City concert halls to NPR and “Prairie Home Companion,” Chanticleer enchants audiences with luxurious harmony, crisp clarity and a diverse repertoire including Renaissance, jazz, gospel, Mexican baroque, folk and adventurous new music. (more…)

Chanticleer publicity – Gerds, Critic at Large

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

We are very pleased to see Warren Gerds, WBAY Critic at Large published some pre-concert publicity of our upcoming Chanticleer concert.

Brown County Civic Music Association, one of the region’s leading cultural organizations, is heading into its 87th season Friday, Oct. 4, with a concert by the prominent vocal group Chanticleer.

Read the full article