From Russia, with Love @ Gallery 345, Toronto [3 December]

From Russia, with Love

15:00 - 17:00

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Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Avenue #3, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2G5
Decus Duo with Olga Laktionova, cello
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 pm
$25/$15 (st) (Cash only at the door)
On-line at decus/


A. Arensky, Piano Trio No.1 Op.32 in D minor
S. Rachmaninov, Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor
R. Shchedrin, Three Funny Pieces

Three Russian master composers, three approaches to memory and mourning, redeemed by hope.

This is Romanticism that grabs hold of your heartstrings and seduces you with the spectrum of human emotion. Arensky and Rachmaninov will take you on a rollercoaster ride through loss and tragedy – while Shchedrin reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.

A co-founding member of Decus Duo, Lucia Barcari is a versatile violinist with a special affinity for collaborative projects in diverse genres and ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an orchestral leader, recording artist, chamber and folk musician, throughout Canada and Europe. Committed to educating a new generation of musicians and audiences, Ms. Barcari has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education. An active orchestral musician for over twenty years, she has served as concertmaster for the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Nuove Musiche in Belgium. Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Ms. Barcari was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven, and later won the Moldovan National Music Competition. She immigrated to Canada in 1996 and became a Canadian citizen in 2000.

A native of Odessa, Ukraine, cellist Olga Laktionova is currently a member of The National Ballet of Canada and Canadian Opera Company orchestras. She received her musical training at the Special Musical School of Professor Stolyarsky (Odessa, Ukraine) and Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine) with Elena Befani and Valentina Balon-Rymashevskaya. Later, she received additional training at Staatliche hochschule Fur Musik Freiburg (Germany) with Christoph Henkel. She won second prize at the Eugen Coca International Competition (Kishinev, Moldova), Second Prize at the City Competition for Young Artists (Odessa, Ukraine), Special Diploma at International Competition Jeunesses Musicales (Bucharest, Romania). After immigrating to Canada in 2002, Olga participated in Brott Music Festival (Hamilton, 2002), and won 2nd prize at Canadian Music Competition (Calgary, 2003).

Prizewinner at the 2011 Knigge Music Competition at the University of British Columbia, Katsiaryna Khatsko is a versatile and imaginative musician continuously building her career as a rising concert pianist and chamber musician. Born in Belarus, Mrs. Khatsko started playing piano at an early age, participating in numerous concerts and competitions and taking home top prizes, including the city-wide Minsk music competition “Debut” in 1999, First Place in the Mikhail Glinka Concerto Competition at the Belarusian College of Music and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Minsk Music College Orchestra in 2005. She has studied with distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, and Robert McDonald, completing her Master of Music in piano performance at the University of Toronto in 2014. Ms. Khatsko is an active performer and presenter of the chamber repertoire and is currently the Music Director at Dixie Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario.
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