Maria Ioudenitch, Violin & Renana Gutman, Piano

July 12, 2017, 12:15 pm

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Ravinia Steans Institute fellow violinist Maria Ioudentich and collaborative pianist Renana Gutman join us live under the Tiffany Dome of Preston Bradley Hall with music of Beethoven, Dvorák, Mozart and Tchaikovsky for today’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Broadcast.


Romance in F Major, Op. 50 (5’)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
arr. Jürgen Sommer

Songs My Mother Taught Me (3’)
Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
arr. Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)

Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 378 (20’)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin (5’)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
arr. Leopold Auer (1845 – 1930)


Maria Ioudenitch was born in Balashov, Russia. She began studying violin at age 3 with Gregory Sandomirsky and studied with Ben Sayevich at the International Center for Music at Park University in Parkville, Missouri from 2005-2014. She is currently continuing her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Shmuel Ashkenasi and Pamela Frank.  Ms. Ioudenitch has participated in various master classes with such eminent musicians as Midori, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Eric Rosenblith, Natalia Prischepenko, and Miriam Fried.

She has participated in various summer festivals and academies such as the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, the International Summer Academy at Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein. In 2012, Ms. Ioudenitch won first prize at the Young Artists Competition hosted by the Kansas City Symphony and performed with the Symphony and Maestro Michael Stern. She took Second Prize at the 2012 Johansen International Competition (JIC) for Young String Players in Washington, DC.

Her recent engagements include performances with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, the Signature Symphony at TCC, the National Orchestra of Uzbekistan, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.   She was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for 2016-2017.

Lauded by the “New-York Times” for her “Passionate and insightful” playingRenana Gutman has performed as a soloist with the Jerusalem, Haifa, Lansing Symphony Orchestras, and others. She won top prizes at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, International Keyboard Institute in NYC and Tel-Hai International Master Classes. Her performances of “Hammerklavier” and “Appassionata” at Leon Fleisher’s Beethoven Sonatas Workshop at Carnegie Hall won critical acclaim, and her first commercial album of Chopin etudes op.25 will be released early 2017.

She has collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, clarinetists Anthony McGill and Franklin Cohen, violinist Miriam Fried, and with members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn string quartets.  Recent performances include The Gardener Museum; Jordan Hall, Boston; The Louvre, France; St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Russia; Stresa Music Festival, Italy; People’s Symphony Concerts, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, NY; Ravinia Rising Stars, among others.

She serves regularly as collaborative pianist of the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute program for piano and strings.  In 2011, she joined the piano faculty of Bard College Preparatory, and recently also 92nd Street Y. Her teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko, Israel, and Richard Goode at Mannes College.