August 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
St. Mark’s Church
Tickets $52 (all inc) at the door – St. Mark’s Church
From Bach to Piazzolla. A Tribute to the late Alexander Sevastian of Quartetto Gelato, world renowned master of the accordion and bandoneon.
Patrons of Music Niagara fondly remember the phenomenal accordion playing of Alexander Sevastian, a member of the popular group, Quartetto Gelato. His sudden death at the age of 41 this past February, during a tour of Mexico, has evoked a tremendous sense of loss in the musical community. A renowned artist, Sevastian won four international Accordion Competitions, performed in recitals around the world, and appeared with many North American symphony orchestras. Born in Belarus, Sevastian moved to Canada in April 2001 and joined Quartetto Gelato the following year.
Program will include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Varelas, Bronner, Navakas, Piazzolla.
This tribute will feature performances by:
Greg Gallagher – cello (Quartetto Gelato member)
Gould String Quartet: Atis Bankas, violin; Vera Alekseeva, violin; Anna Antropova, viola; Jonathan Tortolano, cello
Victoria Kogan, piano
Inga Filippova – soprano
Dmitry Varelas – flute
Alexander Sevastian died suddenly on Friday, February 16, 2018, while on tour in Mexico with Quartetto Gelato. He had been a member of the group since 2002.
Sevastian was a renowned artist (accordion, piano, bandoneon), who won four International Accordion Competitions: the Oslofjord in Norway (1998), The Cup of the North in Russia (2000), the Anthony Galla-Rini Accordion Competition in the U.S.A. (2001) and The Coupe Mondiale in the U.S.A. (2007). Born in Minsk, Belarus, he attended the Glinka Musical College (Minsk), and pursued advanced studies at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters in Performance degree in 2002, studying with renowned performer and pedagogue, Friedrich Lips.
In April of 2008, Sevastian made his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Peter Oundjian, playing the Malcolm Forsyth Accordion Concerto at the New Creations Festival, which he then performed with the orchestra on their 2009 tour of Eastern Canada.
Alex is survived by his wife Anya, their children Vladimir and Maria, his brother Vitali and his mother Nadya.