June 29, 2016

Concert Four

July 25, 2017 - 7pm

Roland Park Presbyterian Church
4801 Roland Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

$10 Suggested Donation


Shostakovich’s sweeping Piano Quintet opens our final program, and his charming Five Pieces conclude it. The centerpiece is one of Schubert’s finest works, the expansive and haunting Fantasy for two pianists at one piano.


DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57

Prelude: Lento
Fugue: Adagio
Scherzo: Allegretto
Intermezzo: Lento
Finale: Allegretto

Nikita Borisevich, Sascha Mikhlin, violin
Jackie Capecci, viola
Amy Butler-Visscher, cello
Teodora Adzharova, piano


FRANZ SCHUBERT Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 for piano four hands

Allegro molto moderato
Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Finale. Allegro molto moderato

Teodora Adzharova, Allison Freeman, piano


DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, arr. Levon Atovmian - Five Pieces for 2 violins and piano


Nikita Borisevich, Sascha Mikhlin, violin
Allison Freeman, piano



Award-winning Russian-born violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finessed technique. Since his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, he performs internationally in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Latvia, Russia, Spain and across the United States on renowned stages such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain) and Shriver Hall (Baltimore).

The 2016-2017 season will include Nikita's appearances as a guest artist for the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska, faculty residence at the Baltimore International Piano Festival and performing in recitals across the East Coast.

Mr. Borisevich's 2015-2016 engagements included artist residency at the El Paso Pro Music Festival, performance of Bach's Double Concerto with Soloists of the Heifetz Institute in Maryland and Virginia and chamber music recitals in Baltimore and Washington DC.

Nikita has performed with the Ural Philharmonic, Perm Opera Symphony and Volgograd Academic orchestras, playing works of Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. Most recently, he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the Friedberg Hall of the Peabody Conservatory under the baton of Jordan Smith.

As an active chamber musician, Nikita won numerous chamber music competitions, among these are the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (OH), the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (CA), and the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition (MD). Nikita has performed recitals throughout US and abroad with various chamber groups. He collaborated with Alexander Kerr (Concertmaster of Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Michael Kannen ( Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory), Maria Lambros, Monique Duphil among others. In 2011, Nikita won the Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition (trio division) in St. Petersburg, Russia and made his debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society. As a member of a piano trio, he made his debut at the Kennedy Center, Therace Theatre in 2013,performed in the Washington College Concert Series (MD), the Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series (PA), and the Academy Arts Museum Concert Series (MD).

Nikita was born into a musical family and started playing the violin at the young age of five, with his father being his first teacher. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the legendary Moscow Conservatory, with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman, and completed graduate diplomas as well as a second Master of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore with renown violinists and pedagogues Victor Danchenko and Herbert Greenberg.


Born in Russia, Alexandra (Sasha) Mikhlin made her solo violin debut at age 14, playing a Wieniawski violin concerto with the Novosibirsk State Symphony Orchestra. After immigrating to the US in 1991, she performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with the Shaker Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio, under the conducting baton of her father, Mikhail Solomon Mikhlin. She went on to gain degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University and amass experience in the nation's top orchestras, including the Washington National Opera at Kennedy Center, with whom she performed Wagner's complete Ring cycle last spring. As an orchestra musician she has performed under some of the most prominent conductors of this era, including Philippe Auguin, Richard Hickox, Peter Oundjian, Marco Armiliato, Emmanuel Villaume, Jaap van Zweden, Joseph Flummerfelt, Louis Lane, Helmuth Rilling and Leonard Slatkin, among others. She has performed solo on numerous occasions as concertmaster of Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Mikhlin is a tenured member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, a co-concertmaster of the Apollo Orchestra, and freelances regularly with the leading orchestras of the Washington-Baltimore region, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera and Wolf Trap Orchestra. Alexandra has performed orchestral, solo, and chamber works in festivals throughout Europe, including Spoleto dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), Bachakademie, (Stuttgart, Germany), and the American Conservatory (Fontainebleau, France). In the U.S., she has performed at the Spoleto festival (Charleston, SC) and the Crested Butte Festival (Colorado). A sought after teacher, Sasha is a faculty member at Levine School and an adjunct professor at the Anne Arundel Community College. She also teaches privately in Annapolis, MD, where she lives with her husband Marcus and their three children. Sasha plays on a violin by François Pique, c.1800. When she isn’t playing the violin, she is passionate about traveling, reading, and baking.


Originally from Pittsburgh, Jackie Capecci earned a bachelor's degree at the Peabody
Conservatory as a student of Karen Tuttle and a master's at the United States
International University in San Diego. She continued learning everything about
orchestras as a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami. Since then she has enjoyed
working in all areas of the music industry, ranging from opera and Broadway to
symphonic and commercial recording, and performing on many continents and in some
of the world's most acclaimed concert halls. It was her desire for the intimate and
transformative qualities of the live chamber music experience that led her to found
Summer Chamber Music in Roland Park ten years ago.


Cellist Amy Butler-Visscher received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied with Steven Doane and Paul Katz. As a graduate student, she was Teacher’s Assistant to Mr. Doane and was a co-founder of the Olivier Trio, the first piano trio in residence at Eastman, which performed at Eastman and in New York City. Ms. Butler-Visscher’s eventual career in an opera orchestra was perhaps foreshadowed by performing with the Eastman Opera Theater and the New Jersey Opera as well as in Germany at the Heidelberg Schloß-Spiele. Summers at Tanglewood provided opportunities to study with members of the Juilliard and Budapest Quartets, with cellist Yo-yo Ma, and with conductors Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur and Leonard Bernstein.

After graduating from Eastman, Ms. Butler-Visscher played in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as numerous smaller ensembles. After joining the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in 1999, she was able to pursue her love of chamber music by performing solo and chamber recitals throughout the Washington Metro area, frequently as a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society, whose performances generated critical acclaim and an enthusiastic audience. In 2006, Ms. Butler-Visscher joined the Mclean Orchestra in Virginia as principal cellist. Her recent performance of the Dvorak Concerto marked her second solo appearance with the Mclean Orchestra, the first being the Brahms Double Concerto with concertmaster Regino Madrid.

Ms. Butler-Visscher performs at the Paper Mill Playhouse, appears as a substitute musician in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, collaborates in chamber music concerts, arranges choral pieces for cello ensemble and teaches privately as well as on the faculty of Cellospeak, an intense summer workshop for adult amateur cellists. She plays on a Rafaelle and Antonio Gagliano cello made in Naples in 1807.


Teodora Adzharova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and began piano studies at age 7. By the time she graduated from high school, she had won both national and international competitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Macedonia and the Czech Republic. After several years at the conservatory in Bulgaria, she came to the United States to study with Neil Rutman on full scholarship at the University of Central Arkansas. An assistantship in keyboard studies enabled her to attend the Peabody Conservatory. After completing a master's degree at Peabody, she joined the faculty to teach keyboard studies. The following year she entered the doctoral program, and is now the accompanying coordinator. Her teacher is Ellen Mack.


A native of North Carolina, pianist Allison Freeman is a student of Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Freeman completed her undergraduate studies with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory, and grad-uated from the high school program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Eric Larsen. Among the festivals Freeman has attended are the Southeastern Piano Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Banff Arts Centre, and Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. She has performed in master classes with such artists as Jon Nakamatsu, Richard Goode, and Matti Raekallio. Freeman has received top prizes in a number of competitions, including the Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition, the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association, and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy Competition. As the winner of the Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition, Freeman appeared as soloist with both the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra. A recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize, Freeman was also named a winner in the 2015–16 Oberlin Senior Concerto Competition, and appeared as soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra.In addition to her pursuits as a concert pianist, Freeman serves as a graduate assistant at Peabody in accompanying. She has also has served as an collab-orative pianist at Castleman Quartet Program. While at Oberlin, Freeman also studied cello with Darrett Adkins.