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Internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Attilla Sautov and virtuoso pianist Dimitri Zhgenti are set to treat their audience to a musical feast at The Old Church Concert Hall, a historic and beautiful landmark and one of the best concert halls in the Portland area. Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon of exquisite music, all performed with mastery and great artistry.
The duo will present a delightful classical program of masterful duets, including Massenet's "Meditation" from the opera Thais, "Clair de Lune" by Debussy, "Theme from Schindler's List" by J. Williams, the technically complex "Praeludium and Allegro" by Kreisler, one of the most-loved works in the solo violin literature, as well as works by Bach, Gluck, Schubert, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Rachmaninoff. Pianist extraordinaire Dimitri Zhgenti will also perform solo piano works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff, including Beethoven's famous "Moonlight Sonata."
A child prodigy, Attilla Sautov is a musical genius who performs with great passion and warmth and breathtaking technique and artistry. He has a rapport with his audience members, who are entertained by his humor and life stories as a concert violinist, as well as left speechless by his extraordinary talents. He loves to bring his musical gifts to regional communities, despite having vast experience in some of the world's most prestigious venues. A recent concertgoer wrote after a show, "I'm not a musician, but I know what moves me, what sets my heart and soul on fire, and this is it. I don't have the words or terminology to describe the technical aspects, but I know when I am in the presence of genius… At the end, I felt overwhelming gratitude and enrichment from the experience of his unique gifts, and I'm sure I was not alone as I joined the standing ovation."
Dimitri Zhgenti was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He began studying piano at 9 with Medea Javahia and later with a prominent Tbilisi State Conservatory professor, Rusudan Hodjava. In 2002, Dimitri moved to America, where he continued his studies with concert pianist and teacher Joanna Hodges in Vancouver, WA. Mr. Zhgenti was accepted into the Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and studied under world-renowned pianist Alexander Toradze and Senior Lecturer of Music Ketevan Badridze. Since Dimitri graduated from Indiana University South Bend, he continued his studies with award-winning pianist Mark Westcott and had two highly successful performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Dimitri currently maintains a full-time private studio in Vancouver, WA, served on the board of directors of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and, together with Dr. Anton Zotov, hosted the classical concert series Musica Lanterna. Dimitri is passionate about fundraising events and supporting arts organizations in the community.
Stay to greet and chat with the brilliant musicians and purchase signed CDs of classical music. Tickets are also available at the door 1 hour before the concert. Don't miss this opportunity to experience a most entertaining and extraordinary concert.